Bridge for Gibson Vintage, Historic or USA Models • Bonamassa Inspired ABR-1 with 3 Nylon Saddles • LIX Patina Nickel
LIX is the Roman numeral for 59. Even though this bridge is brand new, it has the look of a well-worn piece from that era.
This is our ABR-1 bridge with three nickel-plated brass saddles for the wound strings and three ABS "nylon" saddles for the unwound strings. Developed with input from Joe Bonamassa who uses this configuration as part of his recipe for amazing tone. The harder ABS saddles are much closer to the originals from the 60s than modern nylon (which Joe said is too soft to get the proper fat tone from the unwound strings). Leads simply sing with thick sustain.
Available in nickel with stainless-steel studs and thin brass thumbwheels. Choose studs for your Historic Reissue and other Gibson models that screw directly into the wood, or Nashville-conversion studs that screw directly into the factory bridge bushings on Gibson USA models. Both sets are adjustable for height after the bridge is installed on the guitar, which many know is a huge benefit if you've ever had to remove a bridge from your guitar to lower a stud that's sticking into your hand.
We offer optional slotting on the three brass saddles. However, we recommend that the saddles be slotted after the bridge is installed on the guitar if at all possible, so that the strings can be properly aligned with the polepieces of the pickups and the edges of the fingerboard.
We also recommend that you slot only the metal saddles on this bridge. The unwound strings nestle into the nylon well enough to hold them in place without a notch. You run the risk of the strings seating too low if you slot the nylon saddles.