I have this bridge on my Epiphone Rumblekat Bass. Love the heft of this bridge. The stock 3 point bridge looks like a cereal toy when compared to the HipShot. Much more intonation travel, and that is a blessing on a short scale. I had read that some folks were having issues with the posts pulling out of the Epiphone Rumblekat after a few days. I found that this is because they were laying the bridge on the surface and without a small spacer at each contact point, you create a lever and jack the posts up out of the body.
Solved easily by using qty 3, 5/16", gold zinc lock washers between the posts and the bridge. Super solid contact through the posts, as the slight arch top semi hollow design of this model bass prefers. With the bridge and the HipShot HB6 Ultralite tuners I also added, I have a bass that gives me a better growl and bottom end than I've ever had.
This is, indeed, a drop-in replacement for Gibson's 3-point bridge, but easier to set up. I bought it primarily for the extra length between the saddles and the holes for the string balls because Ernie Ball Chrome flats have long silks on them, which ended up on the stock bridge saddles. The bass seems to have a bit more sustain now, as well. My Thunderbird is happy!
It took longer to remove and restring the bass than it took me to fit this bridge to a epiphone thunderbird. Far more solid than the standard bridge. I need to set up the height a bit but it has plenty of options te do so. I'm happy with it.
Great upgrade! Rock solid tuning, this bass simply does not go out of tune. Really sets the tone (pun intended) for the looks, sound and feel of this 2012 Gibson Ltd. Edition Explorer bass.
Fit my Epiphone Thunderbird perfectly. Took 5 minutes to install with an Allen key.
Fitted the two point bridge to my 1970 EB3. Easily fitted and good quality. Sustain improved. Main problem is that I can't adjust the action low enough. The adjustment I can get is not quite as low as in the schematic and as a result the action on the guitar is not as low as it could be.
The SuperTone bridge is a huge improvement over the stock 3-point bridge. Easy to adjust and great improvement of clarity and punch. It looks great, matching the black hardware on my Jack Casady signature bass. Very easy to install...
this bridge is fantastic. It was a bit oversize compared to the on that came on the Vantage Bass stock, so a bit of work had to be done to recess it, as Vantage recessed the Gibson style bridges into the body. It worked out great though and the bass plays and sounds great, super sustain, and holds tuning.
Really happy with my new bridge. Massive improvement over the stock item, and it looks really good as well! Excellent customer service. Would certainly recommend. Cheers Hipshot.
Fantastic improvement! i just installed the three point version on my Epiphone Allen Woody, took less than 10 minutes to put on and set up. Lots more mass than the stock bridge without a difference in the balance of the bass. Superb quality as usual, Hipshot always delivers!
The original bridge on my '99 Gibson Thunderbird had become warped, and my usual setup tech recommended a Hipshot Supertone bridge to replace it. Since then, the instrument's intonation has never been better, and it holds a setup longer, too. I wish I'd done this years ago. Highly recommended.
This bridge is a must-have for all T-Bird players! Now I can adjust my action exactly where I want it. It makes all the difference in the world!
I bought this for my '72 SB-450. It's a nice upgrade if you like more precision in your string height than the tilting, unreliable original.
Had my Supertone 3 point for 3 weeks and I love the added sustain. Thank you Hipshot for allowing me to replace that crappy Epiphone 3-point bridge on my new EB-3 bass. The difference is incredible!
Bought from Guitar Parts Resource for my new SG special Bass. The stock bridges are lacking to say the least. I don't get why Gibson continues to use the old 3 point design but that's another issue for another time.
These would be a needed upgrade regardless of sonic improvement possibilities which is how I approached my purchase. Installation is easy and simple, I think it took me about 3 minutes including removing the old bridge. Only hassle was having to rummage around finding an Allen wrench for the two bog bolts since Hipshot does not supply one. No instructions either though installation is a no brainer.
I did not have any issues with the stock inserts (nuts) in the body coming loose. Apparently some people have. I bolted the bridge down tightly but didn't go crazy as there is no need plus I didn't want to risk loosening the inserts.
Once strung up I found a definite improvement in sound, notes are punchier and more consistent over the fingerboard and there is more sustain. Very impressive and my thinking about "better" pickups has been squelched. Being able to adjust each string side to side is great and what attracted me to Hipshot bridges in the beginning.
Build quality on the bridge is very high and I could find no flaws. I have had the same results with other Hipshot products over the years.
I do have a couple of gripes though; to get the strings off the fingerboard to a reasonable playing height, the saddles had to be adjusted quite high. I will eventually adjust the neck but as is I don't care for the saddles being so high and the adjustment screws so far down in the saddles. Also to get the E string to intonate properly I had to back up the saddle as far as it can go. It would be nice if there was a little more room to work with. Again, this after initial installation, it could well be with some tweaking these issues may lessen.
In any case, I would recommend this bridge as a must have for Gibson basses. Oh yeah, the Hipshot is heavier than stock so helps a but with neck dive. Between the new bridge and brass knobs I put on, the bass is much more balanced.
I hope this helps anyone considering an upgrade.
I got the Hipshot bridge for a Chinese EB-0 I'm hot rodding.When I tried to bolt it in the holes were on the bridge were too far apart. Maybe the 12 year old drilling the bridge mounting holes in the EB-0 body in China got it wrong as I've never seen this complaint in any of the revues I"ve read about the bridge. Luckily I bad a 5/16 end mill so I could oval the bridge holes. This bridge is a nice piece of work and I recommend it. I changed the pick up too and did a string through body like Fenders or my Gibson G-3. I think it's mostly the bridge because now the bass has sustain like it never did before. I recommend the Hipshot bridge.
Like Bill, I found a neglected '71 EB-0, that had been stripped of everything (including the finish). As part of my effort to return it to playable condition, I installed a SuperTone bridge.
Even before I finished up the electronics, I could tell that this hardware would make this a much more versatile and playable instrument than it would be with the stock part.
I recently ordered (through Amazon) one of these bridges for my Epiphone EB-0 short scale bass. It installs very easily -- just remove the three screws for the original bridge and install this one in its place. The Hipshot bridge came with four screws when only two were needed, but then again only two of the four fit my bass -- my guess is that Gibson changed their screw threading at some point and Hipshot thoughtfully provided screws for both types.
The Hipshot bridge is an improvement over the original Gibson design in every way imaginable. It doesn't fall off the instrument when the strings are removed, and the saddles don't fall out. Once it is installed and intonated, it will STAY THAT WAY! Yes! And tone and sustain are definitely improved -- the sound of my bass is clearer and more focused. Best of all, the Hipshot bridge gives about 3/4" more room at the ball end of the string, so the threads wound around that end no longer rest on the saddle.
However, for the same reason, the Hipshot bridge may require longer strings. WIth the original bridge, D'Addario XL Chrome Flats in short scale fit nicely, with some extra room past the nut, but not too much. With the Hipshot bridge, because the ball end of the string is pulled further back, the short-scale strings just barely fit -- the threads at the far end of the E string touch the nut. I may try medium-scale strings (or another brand) to see if they fit better.
Superior to the original Gibson bridges, by far!
I rescued a 1971 EB-0 slot head that was striped of all hardware, and was so glad to find this superior bridge available.
This bass now has no dead notes, and excellent sustain.
I once had another 71 EB-3 slot head with the Gibson 2 point bridge, and that had dead C notes on the G and D strings.
Made my EB-3 come to life...and made it possible to play above the 7th fret. It's about time this bridge was invented.
Bought one of these for my Epiphone Les Paul Standard bass and it was worth every penny!! I took that bass to Boston Guitar Guru Jim Mouradian for some neck work and a set up and he could not stop raving about the SuperTone. A much superior bridge to the obsolete 3 point bridge still used on Gibsons and Epiphones. I can't recommend this bridge enough!!!
I'll be buying one for my Thunderbird soon!!!