Is it common for people to replace their tune-o-matic bridge? SG question

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  1. StSGLPJ

    StSGLPJ Junior Member

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    Hey gang, I've recently picked up some tools to adjust the string height and humbucker height on my Gibson Sg. I'm wondering if it is common for people to upgrade their tune-o-matic bridge.
     
  2. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    And you're thinking of that because?

    Some people don't like the current 2Nashville" bridges and opt for an "ABR" bridge.
    For all kinds of reasons, some of which are esoteric.

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  3. StSGLPJ

    StSGLPJ Junior Member

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    Thank you for the response. I will definitely check these out!!
     
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    https://www.faberusa.com/product/5005-master-kit-aged-nickel-for-nashville-with-nswkit/

    Might want to check them out too. The locking ABR-1 can be bought separately too (with conversion studs for Nashville inserts or their own inserts, which are awesome imo).

    I have done the conversion from Nashville to a locking ABR-1 on several guitars and every time it was a noticeable upgrade (sustain/tone).
    An ABR-1 looks better too, but that is subjective of course.
    I strongly suggest to check Faber out.
     
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  5. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Bridge / Tailpiece have been coverd in numerous threads.
    "Search" is your friend.

    Still curious about what prompted you to inquire about bridges though...
     
  6. StSGLPJ

    StSGLPJ Junior Member

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    I finally started looking into proper setups and I plan on doing my first soon. Proper string height, pickup height, etc.... I always thought some of the grooves in my bridge seemed too sharp and jagged and I wanted to see if there would be better options.
     
  7. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Just so you know, you can change (only) the saddles if it's only about the grooves.
    I suggest you have the new saddles (whether bought separately or part of a new bridge)
    "grooved" by a luthier if you have never seen it done before.
    When I got my Custom (used) I had a new bone nut installed and cut and new saddles
    as well. It really had an impact.
     
  8. StSGLPJ

    StSGLPJ Junior Member

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    Maybe I’ll see if I can track a luthier down. Thanks for the heads up!!
     
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    WhiteEpiLP Senior Member

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    Where abouts do you live? Im sure someone here can point you in the direction of a good luither.
     
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  10. StSGLPJ

    StSGLPJ Junior Member

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    Just north of Philly about 40 mins.
     
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    BCR Greg is a bit of a drive west of you.
     

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