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Be interesting to know. Have you asked them?Another question for you guys....thoughts, obvious differences in these two bridges?? I can't afford Pigtail, etc.
Gibson Historic Spec ABR $74.99
Philadelphia Luthier, Made in USA, $36.99, http://www.philadelphialuthiertools.com/servlet/the-437/tune-o-matic-abr/Detail
Sure, Schaller is alive and well and ABM too, both available from Allparts. I have ABM bridges in two of my basses and they are excellent and very well machined. I've never tried a TOM from either brand though (if you want to find them in Allparts search by "tunematic", that's what they call them).Is Schaller still in business? What about ABM? Another 40 yr German co. that I had never heard of.
I don't doubt it's a quality made bridge, but would be a tonal experiment, an $$expensive one at that. It's the only all steel ABR being made that I know of and I keep reading mixed reviews on it.the right answer is of course the callaham steel ABR-1, but that's over a hundred bucks.
that philidelphia one looks legit, so $35-$40 would be a steal.
Very tempting to try one of these. I stuck a Gibson no wire on my 96 R9 back before they became available aftermarket. It was silly expensive. However the tone seemed to improve so I put them on both R8s also. The most dramatic improvement was in the 96 were the original saddles were the sloppiest. At this price I would definitely retrofit these to some regular ABR-1 Gibson's that needed new bridges. I would be very surprised if they say ABR-1 on the underside though.The ABR from Philadelphia Luthiers is the same bridge as the Gibson Historic and comes from Advanced Plating so I've been told.