The answer is that adding on bridge and pickup covers and a thumb rest to a Fender bass is done mostly for appearance. Before selecting your new bridge you will need to determine a few details about your existing bridge. Once you have the lowest string set to 3/32″ you should retune the string and check your measurement again. If you decide to angle to bridge, mark the new holes with the bass side (thicker strings) tilted … Check pictures you can find online for placement ideas - eyeball the placement - put masking tape on the bass and position the bridge cover on it carefully. First, remove all strings from your instrument. Before and after photos of the original and replacement bridges on a Rickenbacker 4003 bass. Do you sell one that would be a simple replacement, meaning not having to drill new holes? Adding height adjustment wheels to the bridge of the double bass or similar instrument makes it easy to keep the action at an optimum height. #3 check nut slots for string clearance, E string @ 1st fret ( .022 – .020) is where I start. If a bridge has been previously installed, lay a piece of paper alongside the treble side of the bridge secured with tape, and make the mark on the paper. On new builds a centerline to the body should have already been established and retained to this point. (((( Written by ))))) Evan, Best Bass Gear’s Prewire & Tech Support. #1 is very important and shouldn’t be omitted. Installing Bass Bridge Adjuster Wheels. Installing P-Bass bridge cover Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by tonedeaf, Oct 10, 2006. The neck relief step is important. I don't recall any issues with installation, and the quality was fantastic. Whatever your reason is, I’ve created a simple guide to help you get started. The distance between these points should be 3/32″. Once the bridge is installed the wire will remain clamped between the body and bridge. Some bridges, particularly for Fender basses, may offer a retrofit option that will use the existing screw holes for mounting the bridge. But for the most part, those who add on this stuff just want the vintage Fender look. I’ll need to select a bridge, find the install location, drill the wiring channel, and install the bridge per your instructions. Evan Once you have the string spacing you can determine which bridge is going to work with your existing spacing. Some bass bridges have holes for the string ball end that are 0.14x in diameter and some have larger holes at 0.230 and bass strings come with ball-end sizes appropriate for each bridge – yet I’m not finding anything in string descriptions nor bridge descriptions (nor Google) that address this issue. You do not have to give it any angle though if you don't want to. To determine which your bass has, you can either measure what is currently installed on your bass, look online to see if anyone else with your bass has swapped out the bridge, or simply asking us to look through our databases (we know the mounting patterns of many brands, but you will often still need to measure to confirm). Adjust the first-string bridge saddle to this scale length, measuring from the inside of the nut to the center of the bridge saddle. But for the most part, those who add on this stuff just want the vintage Fender look. Last time (Tuner Replacement Guide) we received great feedback and were able to help quite a few customers out. Two important steps are now needed to complete your installation and get rockin: String height and Intonation. Want to Find Out if This Will Work with Your Bass. Most basses use a bridge with one of the standard mounting hole patterns. You can determine your existing basses bridge string spacing using the following article: Whether you are installing a bass bridge on a new build or on an existing bass that already has a bridge installed, the method to handle the install is relatively the same. Max and I have experience installing them on different models of basses and we stand behind the quality of all three of these manufacturers. Oct 10, 2006 #1. tonedeaf. You can then screw down your new bridge and restring your bass. Make sure that neither the strings nor the bridge can touch the inside of the cover, then mark the bridge position and the mounting holes on the masking tape. This will help on installation, and removal should it ever have to occur. #2 String ht. The best thing I’d suggest though is to get my nephew a really good guitar tutor from whom he could learn all these things about bass bridges and virtuoso playing. Oct 10, 2006 #1. tonedeaf. Among other things, the tool kit includes a 6-in-1 screwdriver and steel ruler which are needed to change your bass bridge. If your bass goes out of tune when you play on the very high or very low frets, you need to adjust the intonation. You first want to tune all strings to pitch. They have an instantly recognizable look, with a unique feel and tone. As previously mentioned, if you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email, start a discussion on the eBass blog, or post on BBG’s facebook wall. Good luck! To install a new bridge onto the bass, a centerline from the body must have been previously established, the neck installed, and the scale length already known.