#1
what is the difference between these Gotoh bridges:
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar,_Tune-o-matic_bridges/Gotoh_Tune-o-matic_Bridge_with_Studs_Bushings.html
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar,_Tune-o-matic_bridges/Gotoh_Tune-o-matic_Bridge_with_Standard_Posts.html
which cost $20-30
and this Gotoh bridge:
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar,_Tune-o-matic_bridges/Gotoh_510_Bridge_and_Tailpiece.html
which costs $120-140

i assume the quality is better with the second bridge, but is there some kinda special quality that results in this massive difference in price?
and are the cheaper bridges still good?
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#2
i didn't look at the bridges but some differences are the weight of them (materials to construct them likely resulting in tone difference and maybe sustain), type of engineering used to mount the saddles... some bridges have tighter threads to hold the saddles in place leaving less room for play when intonating the guitar. Also some bridges have locking screws to keep the bridge in place and secure which would also add to the tone and sustain.
#3
Well the first two are just the bridges and the third one is a bridge AND tailpiece... other than that I really can't tell you why its so much more expensive lol
#4
The first 2 are the different versions of the TOM bridge. The first is the older stud style smaller with no screwdriver slot in the top need to use the thumb wheels to adjust height. The second is the more modern version with larger studs that a screwdriver can be used on. The bridges themselves are pretty much the same except for the stud holes. The third is a much fancier version sort of like a tonepros where the bridge and tailpiece lock down. This one you probably wouldnt be able to topwrap the tailpiece like a regular one.
#5
Okay thanks, i didn't wanna spend $140 on a new bridge
s the other Gotoh bridge (the less expensive $30 ones) still good quality? better than stock epiphone hardware?
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#6
Yea the gotoh is much better than stock epi stuff. You will need the one with the larger studs tho. The gotoh also has wider saddle movement if you got a string that wont intonate so well.
#7
by larger studs you mean this:

as opposed to this:

right?
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#8
Yea the ones with the screwdriver slots are the larger studs. The factory studs on a epi are the large style and metric, they sell both kind. The top one should drop onto your existing studs.