The ULTIMATE LP bridge

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  1. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Hi all.

    It is a bit slow going on the ABR-1 Version.

    I have got my machinist so swamped with other tool projects, in addition to doing some refinements on my carving machine (featured in the purists run for cover thread)

    The ABR 1 is still coming, just a bit slower than planned.
    sorry to make all the folks who are interested in the ABR-1 wait, but hey, I haven't taken one penny in deposits, either.

    I did get a couple more Nashville style bridges made up if any one is wanting one.

    Anyway , that is the latest.
    cheers,
    Roman
     
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    is that the bridge where throwing on the build???

    chris
     
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    5F6-A Senior Member

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    Roman,

    You've got a PM!
     
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    Hell yea it is.

    Hey Roman, what about black chrome, with matching lightweight tailpiece? :naughty:
     
  5. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Loki, that is a great idea but.................... I might sell one a year.

    So many people want one-off custom stuff, which I CAN do, but are people willing to pay for it???????

    The answer to that question is NO.

    So here is what it boils down to;

    The introductory pricing of 75.00 to MLP members is OVER. That batch of bridges is gone, finished.

    I lost Gobs of money on everyone I sold. CNC costs are not cheap. Ironically not a single bridge was sold to an MLP member. ( So, no one has to feel guilty that I lost money 'cause of them )

    I have a new batch made up.

    Titanium runs 75 dollars a lb. It is difficult to machine. No one wants to pay 2 hundred some bucks for a bridge.

    No Titanium will be offered unless someone wants to fork over dough.

    No plating, if someone wants it plated they will have to find their own plater.

    What is available is this;

    Brushed Stainless 150.00
    Polished Stainless 175.00

    Brushed aluminum / with stainless saddles 150.00
    Polished Aluminum / with stainless saddles 175.00

    These prices are in USD Plus shipping. MLP members will get a 10% discount .

    The ABR 1 version is still underway, but I have my guy swamped with other projects for my shop.

    Roman
     
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    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Here is a better pic of the bridge in brushed stainless.

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    How much would it cost to have my name in the tailpiece??

    chris


     
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    Those are crazy looking pickups, oh yeah And the bridge looks great, too bad I can't spend the money to get a new bridge.
     
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    :jam:One should be making its way home any day now...

    Roman, you've got an PM!!
     
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    These sound seriously cool!
     
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    I'm going to use one for a very special project but I'll have to keep the details for myself for a little while.
    ahh.. God is good!:band:
     
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    Damn, wish I'd have pulled the trigger on one of these earlier.... :(
     
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    Ha! I have a bridge on the Special and a bridge and tailpiece on another PRS-type guitar coming from Roman!
     
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    5F6-A Senior Member

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    Roman, check your PMs....
     
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    I think they are beautiful looking, and beautifully made. I tried to buy one at one point but there were none left. I do not think $175 for a tun-o-matic bridge is reasonable. :eek2: I'm not sure how if no mylespaul memebers bought them at $75 (retail $100) you're thinking they will buy them for $175 (retail $225?) but good luck - they do look nice! :applause:

    (The tailpiece is perfect! And I'm not being sarcastic! But... what do those cost $400? - that is sarcastic.)
     
  16. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Ah, you compliment and criticize all in a few sentences. How nice.

    You had your chance. I offered you one at the original price. You declined.

    When Tone Pros first came out they were in the same price range as my current pricing.

    The pigtail stuff is 200 bucks a bridge.

    Both these items are cast and Tone Pros is mass produced.

    My bridge is billet machined.
    You don't have to buy one. That last I looked the name of this thread wasn't "lets criticize the price of Romans bridge"

    All the bridges in the first batch sold, just not to MLP members. Believe it or not, I have real flesh and blood customers that come into the shop.

    I posted the price change info so I would not have people expecting them at the intro price.


    Thanks for the compliment (I think)

    Actually the cost of the tail piece is minimally 3,500 ( they only come on my guitars)

    Wanna criticize the price of that too?
     
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    The last time I checked, the title of this thread wasn't

    "Get overly defensive about something that is overpriced"

    It’s kind of like if your wife or girlfriend asks you if she looks fat. If she does what do you say? Ok wait don’t answer that, bad example and I’m divorced. My point being, your not my wife, and not a woman, so I though I was safe with a little criticism.

    The last time I checked, I have and opinion and an asshole, and sometimes they refer to the same thing. It’s a problem most people suffer from, and quite common on the forum.

    If by chance you are addressing "you" as the mylespaul forum, you would be correct. If by chance you are addressing me as "you" I can't remember if I had any direct messaging. Doesn't matter, I think you only had certain finishes available at the time I was looking, then sold out pretty quick later.

    You have a good product, I'm sure people will buy a few. I don't want to get into an argument. I can't help it if constructive criticism is met with unintended offense. I don't think it’s any more uncalled for than people that criticize $8000 limited edition Gibsons. There are lots of discussions about “over-priced” things.

    I don't think $3500 for a custom guitar is unreasonable at all, especially considering the prices Gibson charges. And for the work I've seen, a bargain. Even if your work was not as good as it is, it would be a bargain. But it is even more evil, not selling the matching tail pieces with your bridge!

    The brushed would look good on my Zebra!

    So no hard feelings. I wasn’t trying to irritate you. I was giving you marketing perspective.
     
  18. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    What can I say, you ticked me off with your backhanded compliment.

    As far as constructive criticism, I don't need you to fill that role.

    I don't need your marketing perspective either.

    As to pricing, there is some very pricey guitar hardware out there, I am aware of the market. there are pricey pickups, pricey mounting rings, pricey tuners, etc.

    This bridge is made to very exacting tolerances, out of high quality materials.

    On my Porsche forum, the moderators stopped allowing responses in the "for sale" section for this very reason. People like to criticize..........and somehow this tends to piss people off sooner or later.
     
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    i might want some within the month...how much to put the word "Ownage" on it? lol
     
  20. 5F6-A

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    Roman, I'll be leting you know my impressions when I finally get it. It should get here any day now!
     
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