#1
Which bass bridge would have the best tone, sustain and stability?

Fender American High Mass bridge (string-thru-body)

or

Leo Quan Badass II (top-loaded)

If you don't know them both, any experience wih either one of them?
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#2
I'd say the BAII. Its a fantastic bridge, the only trouble is its availability and price.

Are you replacing the bridge on an MIA, or retrofitting another bass with either an HMV or BAII?
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#3
I think the high mass would have more sustain, stability isn't a problem with either and tone is subjective. They're both good bridges.
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I'd say the BAII. Its a fantastic bridge, the only trouble is its availability and price.

Are you replacing the bridge on an MIA, or retrofitting another bass with either an HMV or BAII?


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#5
Well they're both great bridges. I guess it comes down to if you really want a string-thru bridge or not. The BA is bulkier, but unfortunately that prevents one from putting on an oh-so-sexy ashtray bridge cover
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#6
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Well they're both great bridges. I guess it comes down to if you really want a string-thru bridge or not. The BA is bulkier, but unfortunately that prevents one from putting on an oh-so-sexy ashtray bridge cover


I think the ashtray covers are kinda cool, but I really wouldn't want one, I like it simple.
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#7
I Think the BAII is pretty overrated. I would go with the high mass bridge.
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#8
Take a look at the Babicz Full Contact bridge.

Looks like a very innovative and interesting design http://www.hudsonvalleyguitars.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=138

http://www.fullcontacthardware.com/fch-4-bass-specs.htm

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#9
Get the gotah 201 brige, just as much sustain as the BAII, its cheaper and looks more original and of course you dont get the annoying metallic zing.
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and of course you dont get the annoying metallic zing.


What kind of zing are we talking about here?
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#11
hands down the badass i like mine not so much for the tone it adds .. yeah it's there but it's not as big a difference as evryone says it is ...

anyhow what i like about the badass is it will make your bass have amazing action. my strings are sooo low and no buzzing. 5 mins after i got my badass installed i felt like a 100% better bassist it was just easyer to play and i wasent fumbleing as much. i reccomend the badass becasue i cannot possibly fathom a more perfect bridge ever existing.

but either way you choose theres really not a bad choice out of those two.

im wondering why you dont want both bridges in string thru? is your bass already string thru or were you planning on routing it? in my opinion i wouldent reccomend routing out a bass just for string thru bridge due to how much work and $$ it involves. string thru is just different it's not automatically an upgrade and theres more then likely a reason why the bass was originally not string thru.
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im wondering why you dont want both bridges in string thru? is your bass already string thru or were you planning on routing it? in my opinion i wouldent reccomend routing out a bass just for string thru bridge due to how much work and $$ it involves. string thru is just different it's not automatically an upgrade and theres more then likely a reason why the bass was originally not string thru.


Is the Badass also available in string thru?

And no I'm not planning to change my current bassbridge now, I was just being curious. But if i'd ever build my own dream bass, then it would matter which bridge suits me best.
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#13
The Badass III is a string-through and it is a fantastic bridge. It is sort of a compact version of the Badass II. The saddles are pre-grooved, too. It is a royal bitch to find one, though. I think Leo Quan stopped making it. I have one on my American Deluxe Precision and it is a major improvement.

The Fender Vintage High Mass bridge was developed to make up for perceived deficiencies in the old Fender stamped steel bridges. If you look closely at it, you will see it bears more than a passing resemblance to the Gotoh 201. Both of them are fine bridges.

The Badass II is still one of the best bridges for a Fender Jazz. If at all possible, get the Badass II(2), which is a Badass II with pre-grooved bridge saddles. The standard Badass II has no grooves in the bridge saddles. You need to have your guitar repairman file them in there. It is a pain, and it requires a proper file in order to do the job right.

Jeff Berlin swears by the Badass II and says it definitely improves the tone of practically any bass. Geddy Lee is another die-hard Badass II user - so much so that he put one on his Rickenbacker 4001. Those are two serious endorsements, in my opinion.

I would definitely swap out a traditional Fender bridge with a Badass or a Gotoh, but I have left the Vintage High Mass on my American Standard Jazz V.

You might also want to look at the Hipshot bridge. It offers both top load and string through the body, and it is a huge piece of metal that will anchor your strings very well.
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