1980's Gibson Tune-o-Matic Bridge...Need Info (Repost from Lutherie Forum)

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A repost from the Lutherie forum was suggested. So.....

Hi all,

Looking for any info (name, manufacturer, replacement saddles, etc) on this bridge. It was original equipment on my 1981 Gibson "The Paul" Firebrand Deluxe (red finish). I bought this guitar new. I installed a similar bridge years ago but would like to return the guitar to original condition.

Thanks in advance!!

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copypasta my reply from the other subforum:

That's a top-adjust tune-o-matic, at least that's what I've seen them called, aAnd it's not hard to adjust at all! If you look at the top side, you'll notice the end of those screws are slotted, so you can get at them from the top (hence "top-adjust"). Just loosen a hair, slide the saddle to the right spot, and cinch back down. They're nice in that all the saddles are locked down. They came w/ both brass and nylon saddle inserts (yours looks like nylon). I see these most often on '82 models, around the same time as those pointy strap buttons.
 

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copypasta my reply from the other subforum:

That's a top-adjust tune-o-matic, at least that's what I've seen them called, aAnd it's not hard to adjust at all! If you look at the top side, you'll notice the end of those screws are slotted, so you can get at them from the top (hence "top-adjust"). Just loosen a hair, slide the saddle to the right spot, and cinch back down. They're nice in that all the saddles are locked down. They came w/ both brass and nylon saddle inserts (yours looks like nylon). I see these most often on '82 models, around the same time as those pointy strap buttons.
Aww cmon! post up the wife's SG! Lets see that top o just!
 

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Don't have a great pic of the bridge, but:
:applause::applause::applause::headbanger:

Just click on the pic... it gets big enough to see the bridge pretty good!

Thanks Kakerlak!
 

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A repost from the Lutherie forum was suggested. So.....

Hi all,

Looking for any info (name, manufacturer, replacement saddles, etc) on this bridge. It was original equipment on my 1981 Gibson "The Paul" Firebrand Deluxe (red finish). I bought this guitar new. I installed a similar bridge years ago but would like to return the guitar to original condition.

Thanks in advance!!

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There is this! It says seller is away at the moment, but it will give you the parts you need as his is missing one saddle...

https://reverb.com/au/item/4851912-vintage-gibson-top-adjust-tune-o-matic-bridge-for-victory-some-flying-v-guitars
 




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