Does anyone make a height-adjustable ABR bridge?

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  1. Rock Johnson

    Rock Johnson Member

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    Does anyone make a Gibson-style bridge (either ABR or Nashville) that's height-adjustable? Obviously the thumbwheels set overall string height, but there's no way to easily adjust the radius at the bridge, a la Fender bridges.

    I've done some research and haven't ever seen one, so... anybody?
     
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    Not that I know of. That design would have to vary from the original ABR-1 pretty significantly.
     
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    Yeah, it would... but it would still be an interesting take on the whole thing, don't you think?
     
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    That being said, they are rarely properly radiused from the factory.
     
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    there are several versions of tune-o-matics with height adjustable saddles, some of which even lock the saddles down after adjustment.

    http://www.allparts.com/store/guitar-bridges-tunematics-gb-2585-010,Product.asp

    to me, it's a bit of a solution in search of a problem, as regular bridges can be radiused to match the guitar just fine by judicious filing of the saddle slots, and as a general rule, bridges with less moving parts sound better than bridges with more.
     
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    Very cool. I didn't know those existed.
     
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    Awesome. I hear you about the judicious filing, but you have to admit that a simple turn of the allen wrench is much simpler and, most importantly, reversible.
     

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