#1
Hey all,

I've been thinking about putting on a new bridge on my SZ520...prolly a Tone Pros...but I don't know exactly what will fit.

I need to figure out if there's a place online, or on the Ibanez website that I'm missing, that will tell me the dimensions and specs for the bridge, so i can buy one that will fit and replace it without any retrofitting.

Any help would be great.

Thanks
#2
I don't think there's a whole lot out there thats a direct fit. The stud spacing is almost as wide as a stop bar tailpiece. For most replacement bridges, you will have to re-drill.

I'm curious as to why you'd want to replace the Gibraltar III bridge. Its an excellent bridge and certainly better than the standard tune-o-matic bridges that come on most fixed bridge electrics. The only thing out there that I can think of being a legitimate upgrade would be the Gotoh 510 fully locking bridge and I know for a fact it wont fit. I'd personally just spring for a set of Tone-pro locking studs for the Gib III. Those alone will gain you better tone and sustain.
Last edited by Jason43 at Nov 5, 2007,
#3
Swapping that bridge will almost certainly be a downgrade. Locking studs may be a fair idea, but it's not really a big deal, since the bridge is not a trem. I wouldn't be betting my money on any tone or sustain benefits from locking studs, they're really a tuning stability thing.
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#4
They're decent guitars, but I think it would be a better upgrade to change the pickups.
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#5
The Gibraltar III is a great bridge, so it shouldn't need changing unless you despise the feel of it or something. I don't think there are any other bridges that would be able to replace it size wise either.
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#6
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I wouldn't be betting my money on any tone or sustain benefits from locking studs, they're really a tuning stability thing.


I have to disagree with you on that. When I replaced the craptastic, buzzing tune-o-matic clone on my AR with a Gotoh 510 locking bridge I immediately noticed a fairly drastic change in the tone of the guitar, even just strumming it unplugged. I didn't really believe I'd notice a difference either, but I took the advice of some people on another forum and was very impressed with the results. I do however think that it won't be as noticeable on the SZ since the Gib III is a very good bridge to begin with, but I do think he'll notice an improvement. I have read posts from a few SZ owners that have had problems with the Gib III having a little play where the bridge meets the studs. If that would be the reason he's looking for a new bridge, the tone-pros would fix that, if nothing else.
Last edited by Jason43 at Nov 5, 2007,
#7
I must have been mistaken, I didn't realize the Gibraltar III was regarded as such a good bridge...it's the only non-trem bridge I have experience with, so my mistake!

No need for an upgrade then...I've got a D-Sonic in the bridge pickup slot and it sounds fantastic!
#8
Quote by Jason43
I have to disagree with you on that. <snip>


You noticed an improvement because your original bridge was a budget tin affair. Naturally, if you swap it with a steel or brass piece, you will notice the tone improvement. The SZ bridges are nice to start with, they're fairly heavy too.

The moving, yeah, I guess. Haven't really heard complaints about that, but it's possible. It's the aforementioned tuning stability issue, though.
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