ROLLER BRIDGES!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Bruceman, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Bruceman

    Bruceman Member

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    I've been hunting for a year.....Why is it that all of the ones I've found so far are made by obviously not guitar people as the string groove in ALL of the rollers are the same size. Which means they're too small for the larger strings, like the lower three usually. The first problem child I bought the grooves were .022 to .025 wide. It's near impossible to modify and make them wider.

    Does anyone make a rollerized bridge with correct string groove widths? I'm installing a Vibrola and since no one seems to know about the original Gibson tapered nuts that went under the Tune-o-matics, and no one makes them either, I figured a rollerized bridge would be the easiest way out. This mess is keeping me from getting my project done.

    Thanks!
     
  2. EADGBE

    EADGBE Member

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    Have you tried a Schaller?
     
  3. Bruceman

    Bruceman Member

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    Schaller has the same problem. Look at the grooves. Can't believe there isn't more people responding, or didn't know their strings are riding too high. Plus it makes it easy to pop a string right out of the groove. Got to be some smarter bridge maker out there. eh?
     
  4. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Supporting Member

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    I had a heavy German roller bridge which had good sized ss rollers on it ...not the Shaller... and it worked quite well. Can't remember the name though...sorry.. came from Allparts or WD
     
  5. Kurt L

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    I had a Heritage H-150 with a Schaller and the problem you're worried about was a non- issue. The bridge functioned very well and was super- comfortable. I bought and sold that guitar twice... and given the chance I wouldn't mind getting it back again!

    I don't buy the argument that roller bridges are tone suckers. That guitar sounded great...
     
  6. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Gold Supporting Member

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    +1. I have a Schaller roller bridge on my Guild M-75, and there are no issues with "strings riding too high". I have never had a string pop out of the saddle, nor do any of the strings sit out of the grooves.
     
  7. slugworth

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    These are great bridges! I have them on several of my guitars. Never had a problem with strings riding too high or jumping out of the groove, and I run .052s..
     
  9. ejoco

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    same here! i have a Heritage with the Schaller roller bridge on it, i have never had a problem with it and the guitar sounds great
     
  10. Hammertone

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    You are thinking of the ABM aka Mueller roller bridge - a fine piece of hardware. I've never had a problem with either the Schaller or Mueller bridges - they are high-quality gear. The main benefit to me is that one can adjust string spread.
     
  11. merriweather69

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    +1 for the ABM bridge... my favorite I've tried...
     
  12. K-Line

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    Would a Mastery work? Just spit balling.
     
  13. 73Fender

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    +1, My 157 with the Schaller bridge has one of the lowest buzz free actions of my too many guitars. Plenty of sustain for me. It is of robust construction. The strings never rub on the bridge frame and the lack of sharp edges is comfortable for palm muting. I have never knocked a string out of the groove or heard of anyone else who has. I guess it's possible?

    I did add clear nail polish to keep the saddles stationary side to side, they can move when changing strings etc
     
  14. slugworth

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    Really? I wonder if the hardware has changed (seems unlikely). Maybe I'll have to give them another shot. When I have strung them with 10-46 there have been no problems, but as soon as I went up to 11-48 on a set, the 6th string didn't sit down in the roller saddle.
     

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