This time round we are going to compare actually five different bridges.The first will be the stock bridge on the Fender Squire Precision Bass PJ and the Fender Squire Affinity 5 String Jazz Bass.
The stock bridges that come with these basses are great for a beginner, but if you plan on using these to gig with, you are probably going to want to change them to a nicer one.
The PJ Bass is a work-in-progress and I am changing out most of the parts on this bass. The five strings is my touring spare. The neck is really nice and the pickups a decent, but the bridge has to go.
The bridges we will be using are from a company called Hipshot from Interlaken New York. We will be installing three of the Hipshot style A Bass Bridges (one at a time of course). Two made of aluminum and the other of brass.
Question: What is the difference between bridges made out of aluminum or brass?
Answer: Aluminum bridges are lighter in weight so if you are concerned about your instruments weight, aluminum is the way to go. Aluminum tends to deliver more mids and highs while brass accentuates the low end tones.
For a more detail expliantion, we’ll defer to Hipshot’s website:
“Hipshot style A Bass bridges are available in a wide variety of string spacing; in your choice of aluminum or brass. All style A bass bridges feature top load or thru the body stringing options. Type A saddles feature variable string spacing adjustment for even greater versatility and fine intonation adjustment as well.”
Click here for more information on the A Style 4 String Brass Bridge.
Click here for more information on the A Style 5 String Brass Bridge.
A little back story on this project. I bought the four string PJ bass at an auction for fifty dollars. I wanted a spare that I could make into something I really wanted to play. The neck was unplayable, so I bought one on eBay for fifty bucks. Nice neck, it plays good and is straight. The pickups are decent and I may keep them.
Now back to the bridge. It’s the stock bridge and being a budget bass, it’s not very good for a person who works all the time. It does the job but not at all something you would want to keep or use on a daily basis.
Like I said, the five sting bass is my touring spare. I got a great deal on it but if something were to happen to it, I wouldn’t be out a lot of money, and wouldn’t be as upset as if something happened to my nice basses. That being said, the bridge has much to be desired.
So, I talked to Josh Borrisoff from Hipshot at the recent NAMM show and asked if he would be interested in this project. He said “Absolutely”.
For this review we are going to show the difference in tone between the two different metals and also how easy it is to install one of these bridges. I am by no means a Luthier or guitar tech. I can tune my bass and change the strings but everything else is way above my pay grade.
Josh at Hipshot promised me I didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to install these. Well, ok here we go.
Hipshot Bridge Installation (brass) Part 1:
Hipshot Bridge Installation (aluminum) Part 2:
Hipshot 5 String Bridge Installation Part 3:
Hipshot Bridge Recap Part 4: