Best low budget tune o matic bridge

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by slickfaster, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

    Dec 29, 2009
    Gotoh, ABR1, All Parts or what? Looking to spend 40$ or less. I got to be able to intonate. I can fix rattle. No roller$.
    Is it best to match neck radius..? image.jpg
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019
  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I'd say matching the radius would be of prime importance. I'd prefer a Tru-Arc Serpentune instead of a tunamatic, tho.
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I prefer a roller myself . When using a Bigsby , it just makes sense to me that a round string should " roll " back in place then a round string " scraping " back and forth across a " blade " .... just for for thought ;)
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  4. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Gotoh, hands down.
    I have two, perfect and no rattles.
    Allparts is probably selling Gotoh btw.
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  5. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

    Dec 29, 2009
    If you eyeball the tunematic and push Bigsby the string doesn’t slide as much as the bridge wavers. I’ve had Floyd Rose back in the day and there ya need roller but with how little the string loosens with wavers, maybe 1/2 to one step tops, I don’t think it’s necessary. And I got to have my notes true pass 12 fret. Got to have intonation! Good enough for Setzer......
    Yep The GOTOHS seem like best deal /no rattle trap..
  6. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

    Dec 29, 2009
    I can’t find 9.5 radius bridge however only
  7. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    Another vote for Goto here. And matching the radius is a definite must, particularly is you prefer your action low across the neck.
  8. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

    Dec 29, 2009
    I’m looking... where do you find a 9.5 GOTOH??
  9. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

    Dec 29, 2009
    Best price is at Stu Mac..Gotoh Nashville 24$ but doesn’t say 103b looks like one though. Wide intonation gap. 12 radius. Cannot find 9.5
  10. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Yup, Gotoh. Not sure they’re available in 9,5” though. I wouldn’t mind a slight radius mismatch, but maybe you can file the saddles.
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  11. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Gotoh don't do one, I was looking for one for my SSLVO. Realistically, it's a very slightly deeper notch on the two outer saddles.
  12. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Gotoh. 12” radius will be fine.
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