ABR-1 Vintage Studs:
This bridge is a direct replacement on Gibson guitars with an ABR-1 bridge or with our special conversion post on guitars equipped with the Nashville bridge. The body of this bridge is CNC machined from a billet of Cold Rolled alloy steel under rigid quality control standards at every level of production. This is the only alloy Steel bridge available. Gibson and the other aftermarket bridges are cast from a zinc alloy, brass or aluminum which causes heavy dampening to the critical overtones that support the fundamental.
See Gibson Parts Details page for a detailed explanation of the process behind the creation of our ABR-1 Bridge and Stopbar Tailpiece, as well as the benefits.
ABR-1 Vintage Studs Nickel: 219,- Euros in stock!
ABR-1 Vintage Studs Nickel Distressed: 239,- Euros in stock!
ABR-1 Vintage Studs Gold: 289,- Euros in stock!
ABR-1 Nashville Studs:
This assembly is for Gibson's that use the 2piece insert / thumbwheel combination for mounting. Late 70's Gibson's and early 80's Gibsons had ABR's with Nashville stud mounting. All "Nashville" bridges use this mounting. Our 1 piece studs replaces the factory 2 piece stud assembly.
ABR-1 Nashville Studs Nickel: 219,- Euros in stock!
ABR-1 Nashville Studs Nickel Distressed: 239,- Euros in stock!
ABR-1 Nashville Studs Gold: 289,- Euros in stock!
ABR-1 Metric Studs:
These studs are for mounting Asian copies of vintage Gibson's that use a 4 mm stud screwed directly into the wood top. Stud spacing must be 2.915 in. (74.0 mm) to work with our bridge. Studs and thumbwheels are M4 x .7.
ABR-1 Metric Studs Nickel: 21,- Euros in stock!
ABR-1 Metric Studs Nickel Distressed: 239,- Euros in stock!
Cold Rolled Steel CNC Machined Gibson Stopbar Tailpiece:
Machined from the same alloy as our ABR-1 bridge, the steel tailpiece yields the additional definition and frequency response so many Gibson styled guitars need. The tone change can best be described as being equivalent to going from a dead set of strings to a new set of strings. Coupled with our steel ABR-1 bridge, the instrument starts to take on piano like qualities. The notes are absolutely solid and the feel of the response is highly touch sensitive. Retweaking of your amp settings is not out of the question. You should be able to flatten out the response so that switching from bridge to neck is more balanced.
Sustain; I am always amused by the claims that aluminum tailpiece adds sustain. Aluminum will NEVER come close to the sustain produced by our steel tailpiece.
You can use your existing studs or whatever studs you want. We are firm believers in 1 piece studs but changing over to our 1 piece design is not easy and only for experienced repairman. If you are doing new construction and have an interest in our 1 piece custom studs, inquire via e-mail. Our testing involved stock Gibson studs, aftermarket studs, and our 1 piece studs. With the steel tailpiece the effects of the studs is minimal. We do suggest the studs are tightened down firm.
As with all of our products, we do not believe in repeating the mistakes of the past. The original 50's tailpieces were made from aluminum because it was easy and cheap. Producing a tailpiece from steel and machining it is three times as hard in all areas of the manufacturing process. But it is the best material if you are concerned with your sound. The myths that have been propogated over the years regarding weight as some important property are completely false and based on zero science. The same principles that apply to a trem block also apply to a tailpiece.
We were concerned with maintaining the vintage look. And with the help of customers with original 50's tailpieces we used them as guides. After machining all the tailpiece are hand sanded and polished to recreate the same feel and look of originals. We do not purposely try to recreate the flaws and lack of craftmanship that so many of the originals exhibit. Having said that, we do not try to make them look perfect and exact from part to part. They all have their own individualality depending on which one of us was doing the handwork. They are only available in nickel plating, and unlike the other aftermarket parts where the plating is piled on producing a cheap looking part, our plating is done with care yielding a graceful finish.
steel high gloss 179,- Euros in stock
steel distressed 199,- Euros in stock
54 Style Wraparound Les Paul Bridge:
To complement our Steel Stopbar Tailpiece, we have produced a limited run of a 1954 Style Wraparound bridges for use with Les Paul Jr's, Melody Makers, SG Specials, etc. Using the same high quality steel alloy as both our ABR-1 Bridge and Stopbar Tailpiece, this bridge greatly improves the tonal characteristics of guitars that use a wraparound bridge/tailpiece assembly. The improvements to note separation, width of frequency response, and sustain are like night and day. Please note that while your guitar will sound significantly better, the intonation will remain the same; meaning it will still not be perfect.
steel high gloss 159,- Euros in stock!
steel distressed 179,- Euros in stock!