I chose the Hipshot Kickass bridge for a few reasons. The adjustability of this bridge and the ability to use different types of saddle inserts are 2 of those reasons. This bridge is the right stuff. The tone is amazing. Yes, I did notice a major difference over the stock bridge. The saddles on the hipshot make it possible to center the strings over th pole pieces. A great feature of this bridge.
This bridge is the true Kick Ass bridge, true sustain and very versatile. Stings can even be adjusted to spacing specs not to mention the saddle inserts..love it!!!
I just installed the Kickass bridge on my 74 'Jazz Bass.
The bass has completely changed, and for the better. I felt that the sound now is more dense, improved the sustain and the timbre got even better, considering it is a Fretless.
This 25 year old Squier Jazz has always played amazing and the KickAss was part of her recent upgrade. I had an aftermarket vintage saddled high mass on her before, and she was mellow and jazzy. With the kickass, you can really feel the strings kick back and rebound and snap for you. The coveted Jazz growl is there in spades and it has a sustain through the roof. I don't know which did more, the new pickups or the bridge, but I can really feel the impact of the bridge. One gripe, which is the closed screw hole in the saddle limited my intonation flexibility, and I had to cut one of the screws down to get room for perfect intonation.
Excellent quality as always. Great design. Ultimate in adjustability. Sustain for days, and at a great price!!
I replaced the standard bridge on my Squier modified 70s jazz bass, with a kickass. The tone and sustain are awesome. I will be buying another for my Fender p bass.
I was never happy with my MIJ Fender Jaguar bass. After adding a Hipshot Supertone to my Gibson Thunderbird, I wondered if a bridge upgrade would 'fix' my Jaguar. The improvement was huge and undeniable: My bass felt much more 'solid' to play, with beautiful sustain and a darker, more natural tone, and full-bodied sound. Also, it just looked way cooler. Highly recommended!
I bought the black version of this bridge to replace the Badass II on my Geddy Lee Fender Jazz bass. I was not disappointed in how easy this bridge was to setup and fine tune! I love the deeper heel that hides the string nuts and also adds a little more substance. Every corner on every piece of this bridge was rounded off, which I didn't even realize was a complaint about my Badass II until I installed this one. It was such a little detail, and it made this bridge so much more comfortable. I love this bridge, and have been recommending it to all my bass player friends. I have a couple other guitars, I'll probably get them each their own KickAss setup.
My only complaint is that the mounting screws didn't come in black, just to sharpen up the look of this great black and brass bridge. It's a pretty minor complaint, there's really nothing wrong with the screws that were provided, and I can pick up some black ones myself.
I use them on my bass guitars! Hipshot products ROCK!!!!!!!