Source for a BRASS Tune-o-Matic style Bridge

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  1. The Smith

    The Smith Supporting Member

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    I have a Carvin CT4 with gold hardware. At some point, I'd like to replace the gold-plated Tune-O-Matic style bridge with a brass bridge. I really like the look of tarnished brass. I've searched high and low for one, but can't come up with anything.

    Anyone know where one might be found?
     
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    Bump for a po boy.
     
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    I don't know what a "Carvin CT4" is, but on a Tune-O-Matic equipped Les Paul the string tension causes the bridge to sag over the years. Brass is much softer and more malleable than the stock material yet.
     
  5. Dana Olsen

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    True. The original bridge on my '59 dot neck ES-335 is concave.,

    You may have to settle for brass saddles that fit into a tune-o-matic base. I don't know who makes 'em, but I'm pretty sure somebody does - I've seen 'em somewhere.

    Good Luck, Dana O.
     
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    Yeah, the TOM bridge body would be pretty complicated to machine out of a solid block of material - steel, brass, whatever...

    That's why it's made out of diecast.......potmetal.....GASP! ;)

    Saddles, on the other hand, no problem - steel, brass, Ti, Nylon, Graphite/plastic...etc...
     
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    http://www.callahamguitars.com/abr1.htm

    ABR1 bridge machined from cold rolled steel billet with stainless adjusting screws and posts and with nickel-plated brass saddles.

    Pricey... ~$130-150 for nickel... gold plated available for just under $200... 'relic'ing is available, I believe.
     

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