Need bridge recommendation for Melody Maker

Uncle Vinnie

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Friend of mine has a '63 Melody Maker with a Leo Quan Badass bridge, which it seems the bridge saddles unfortunately raise the strings way too high above the fretboard.

What would be a good replacement for the original top wrap bridge?
 

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I think Mojoaxe do different versions of compensated wrap tailpieces.
 

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Compensated? How does that differ from original?
 

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Well, vintage lightning bolt bridges are compensated. The break point resembles the staggered saddles on TOM bridges.
 

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Compensated? How does that differ from original?
Gibson replaced the angled, uncompensated bridge in or before 1963 with the lightning bar. It should be fairly easy to find a replacement, as Gibson has used that bridge on many models, past and present. The current design works with a plain G, the original had the G saddle ridge rearward for a wound G.
 
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Any multipiece bridge will not couple the strings to the body as well as a wraptail, IMO. Simple to set up. Two bolts for height, two grub screws for intonation.
 

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Buy it from Dan at the source. Might be a little cheaper and I'm sure Dan gets a little more $$$$. LINK

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Cheers Peter.
 


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