Piece of wood under R9 ABR-1

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I have this idea of putting a piece of (hard) wood under the bridge...

Besides helping the bridge to not collapse from string pressure, I was thinking it might positively affect the sound.

Any experiences or thoughts....?
 

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I have had several bits of wood in somewhat indirect and poorly fitted contact before. It became the best vibration soaker I have ever experienced
 

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Either lift your tailpiece or top-wrap.
 

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Or just add another set of thumb wheels at the base to give extra support
 

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To prevent the middle from collapsing, the posts above mine will solve that. Top wrap or raise the tail piece to release some pressure. Other than that, buy a different bridge that won't collapse.

Personally, I've heard of the issue but never had the issue. It is fixable and can be straightened back up with a few pieces of wood and a vice but it's probably cheaper just to replace the bridge if it happens.
 

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I have this idea of putting a piece of (hard) wood under the bridge...

Besides helping the bridge to not collapse from string pressure, I was thinking it might positively affect the sound.

Any experiences or thoughts....?

Try it, and report back with your results. :dude::dude:
 

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Try it, and report back with your results. :dude::dude:

Will do, thanks... :cool:



Thanks all for chipping in.

I'm primarily interested in how it can affect the sound, not too worried about my ABR-1.
I still have replacements in my drawers since testing bridges (vintage, stock, tonepros, Callaham)... :yesway:
 

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I always have read , so consensus by my count is a Lower bridge gives better tonal transfer. Lower action . Raising a bridge to high makes it nasty to play ,and I have some guitars with a med/higher action set to them. Depends .

I've had an ABR-1 "fall in" a bit (didn't take many , many years either) ,enough to make it worth replacing .Unless it's a vintage piece , I wouldn't get hung up on having the original . put the original in the case pocket if you want to sell it with the guitar someday .

On Ebay, Gibson original ABR-1's are not to expensive ,,,,:hmm:
 

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I'm primarily interested in how it can affect the sound, not too worried about my ABR-1.

I had to enlarge, fill and redrill holes for my ABR on a 68RI. The luthier put 8mm maple plugs and drilled the holes on them. No change in tone or sustain (same strings, as before the operation, even). Well, overall tone is quite a bit more pleasant now, what with being able to intonate the damn thing for once.. :D
 

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Conceptually, that is very similar to what the Babicz bridge does. It designed to have the bridge make contact with the body through some shims.
 

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Conceptually, that is very similar to what the Babicz bridge does. It designed to have the bridge make contact with the body through some shims.

Interesting, thought I was quite alone with this odd idea... :eek:
I'l look it up and come back...
 

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Why don't you just cross that bridge when you come to it?
If...IF...the bridge buckles just buy a replacement.
 

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I checked out the Babicz bridge, looks rock solid (a bit too "beefy" to my taste)...

Still not sure what makes a difference; contact or/and dealing with ABR-1 parts shaking, rattling and rolling... :hmm:
 

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Why don't you just cross that bridge when you come to it?
If...IF...the bridge buckles just buy a replacement.

I have replacement bridges. It's the "contact" thing I ponder over...
 

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I checked out the Babicz bridge, looks rock solid (a bit too "beefy" to my taste)...

Still not sure what makes a difference; contact or/and dealing with ABR-1 parts shaking, rattling and rolling... :hmm:

It is a really solid design. Yes very beefy and not as elegant as the ABR, but a lot more adjustable. I find it a tad weird feeling to rest my hand on. The channels for the cams dont have sharp edges, but hard edges and you feel those. Other than that, I like it. Its difficult to tell if it all makes a difference as I have it on a custom built guitar and not an LP.
 

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Thanks Farquad, I've put a piece of really hard wood under the bridge. I'll let it be for a week or two before evaluating anything.
 

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Unless you're restringing with .13's and play a half step above standard tuning your bridge isn't going to collapse.
 

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