#1
Hey UG,
I was on Traben's website, looking for a new bass, when I came across this gigantic poster on their website talking about how the the tribal bridge, because its bigger, has a Bigger tone. Curious as hell, I click on the poster, and it gives me the minimalist info possible....

Anyway, Bassists, Is is possible to get a bigger tone?? Those two words together total confuse me. And what does Traben mean by this?

I thought tone was a thing that couldn't be big or small, so i'm balls confused...

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#2
Well Traben like to talk out of their ass, and be incredibly vague in backing it up.
Theres a very nice video on youtube demonstrating their 'bigger bridge better tone', that offers no real answers as to why. Just take their word for it :L

And I wouldn't know exactly what a 'bigger' tone sounds like, but everything on a bass effects it... literally everything.
#3
hmmm.... I doubt that the width of the bridge makes a difference in tone, its porbably just an advertising thing
#4
The word 'tone' is subjective. Its made up of a number of things. A bigger bridge has better sustain I think, which contributes towards tonal characteristics.
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hmmm.... I doubt that the width of the bridge makes a difference in tone, its porbably just an advertising thing


It would be to do with how stablely (is that a word?) the bridge is fixed to the body. So more bridge means more surface area to screw into it.
#6
well i play a traben array limited 5 string and i love it, i would go through hell to get another one if the one i have was stolen or broken. and the bigger bridge = bigger tone is just kind of worded wrong. the bridge covers more of the body so it is more stable, this makes the sustain go a hell of a lot longer than on some other basses. personally i would say traben all the way its an amazing deal for pretty decent prices. but i wouldnt jump strait to it i have allot of people i know that preffer schecters and i have played them they are really good to. hope you find a bass you like =D
#7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoFNPQ6-EUA

That's not supposed to show how awesome it is. It's to show how Traben should be shot dead.
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#8
^I suspect shenanigans is present on that video.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoFNPQ6-EUA

That's not supposed to show how awesome it is. It's to show how Traben should be shot dead.


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#10
to me it's not the physical space the bridge covers it's more the density, my yamaha's bridge produces so much sustain because the bridge is over an inch thick under the strings, which is very handy on fretless where the notes do not sustain as well
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#11
did anybody else laugh at the stupidity of the video ?


dumbass : this is the standard, *sneakily plays over bridge pickup*
now this is the one with the big ass bridge *plays in between both*
Look at the difference !!! its the bridge i tell yah!!!!
#12
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The word 'tone' is subjective. Its made up of a number of things. A bigger bridge has better sustain I think, which contributes towards tonal characteristics.


That. The giant mass of brass(not steel) that it the "bigger bridge" does indeed provide better tonal characteristics than the average Fender style one. How drastic the change is, however, is a matter of debate.

I will say that overall I've found Traben basses to be very good sounding, more so than many other basses in their price range.

Video was balls though, I agree.
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#13
Adding a bigger bridge won't pretty much affect your tone in any way. People swap bridges (especially fender ones) because they're of poor quality and if you tweak your bass couple of times, it will give up on you. It's either gonna get de-threaded (on of the saddle screws, i mean), оr just literally fall apart, like when I was restringing a borrowed American Jazz it lost the saddle on the G string.
#14
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Adding a bigger bridge won't pretty much affect your tone in any way. People swap bridges (especially fender ones) because they're of poor quality and if you tweak your bass couple of times, it will give up on you. It's either gonna get de-threaded (on of the saddle screws, i mean), оr just literally fall apart, like when I was restringing a borrowed American Jazz it lost the saddle on the G string.


listen to this guy, better bridges clearly don't add better sustain what so ever.
#15
I think there is some merit to the bigger bridge, better tone theory. Going from the stock Fender bridge to the BadAss II, I noticed significant improvment. Notes were much clearer, and sustain was greatly improved.

I think it really depends on what way the bridge is "bigger". A gaint, stamped flamey looking bridge that covers the entire body can't have that much of an effect.

My BadAss which is probably three-time the weight of the stock bridge, and the area is the string is touching is larger. I think sounds better.
#16
I can see how it works out with the bridge having more contact with the wood and all, but really thats just balls to me. Not saying that it means nothing, but I wouldn' t buy a bass ont that one characteristic. I love Trabens alot and I would be willing to purchase one, but not just becaus eit has a bigger bridge.
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#17
I think the idea of it is to help transfer the vibrations to different parts of the body, not to add more mass...hence the brass construction.
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#19
What is a 'bigger' tone anyway?

Fluffy tone?
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#20
Is it just me or since when did tone become something measured in size.
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#21
Reminds me of Spinal Tap;
'Listen to the sustain'
'I can't hear anything'
'Well you would, if it were playing'
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#22
i thought density mattered more
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#23
I can't really follow the logic of using basswood for the bodies but trying to beef up the tone with a big bridge.
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I can't really follow the logic of using basswood for the bodies but trying to beef up the tone with a big bridge.

I indeed agree, their advertising should be fired.
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