Bridge and Tailpiece Set for Gibson Vintage or Historic Models • Absolute Vintage Collection ABR-1 • LIX Patina Nickel
Redesigned for 2017! Now more vintage correct than ever!
LIX is the Roman numeral for 59. Even though this bridge and tailpiece set is brand new, they have the look of well-worn pieces from that era.
Available in nickel for your Historic Reissue or other Gibson that uses the ABR-1 bridge with 6/32 posts.
The bridge is a genuine Gibson non-wire NOS OEM base made from zinc alloy, complete with vintage-correct embossing on the bottom. We age, finish, and assemble each one by hand in our shop under very tight tolerances. The intonation screws will not fall out of the bridge, yet they are easy to remove without tools should you need to reverse a saddle.
Our TruVintage thumbwheels are the only wheels on the market that are identical to the wheels on the '59 Burst. Our machine shop took measurements and inspected every detail on an original set of ‘59 thumbwheels, then we had our knurling tool custom built, and it is the only one of its kind. These wheels are the correct thickness and weight—made of the right nickel-plated brass. We even counted the number of teeth on the originals and matched it. One set is included, but many older guitars are much more stable with a second set of wheels under the bridge, so we've made an extra set available as an option. Make your selection from the menu above this description.
We've included two sets of bridge studs: the classic nickel-plated brass along with our stainless steel adjustable studs. These have a small allen wrench hole machined into one end so that they can be easily adjusted for height even after the bridge is installed on the guitar. If you've ever experienced an ABR-1 stud that protrudes from the bridge hole and digs into your hand when you play, you'll especially appreciate this feature. Adjustment wrench included.
The tailpiece is made from lightweight aluminum. For this redesign, we no longer use a copper underplate on the aluminum. Most all other manufacturers use a copper underplate on their tailpieces. It cuts costs because the copper fills in the tiny imperfections in the aluminum and creates a bonding layer for the nickel plate on top. Without the copper, the aluminum must be polished to remove any imperfections and the nickel plate must be applied very carefully. It's much more labor intensive, but it's the way Gibson did it in the 50s, so we've decided it's worth it to make our parts as vintage correct as possible. We've also rolled the edges of tailpiece and it simply looks amazing! Includes steel tailpiece studs. Please select long or short studs from the menu above this description. Short studs fit Gibson USA guitars and Historics made before 2013. Long studs fit vintage guitars and Historics made from 2013–present.
For this set, we've also added an extra step to the aging process. After our initial LIX Patina treatment, the bridge and tailpiece are buffed by hand to bring out the soft sheen that's common on many original Bursts (see the last photo on the left of Joe Bonamassa's "Carmelita," courtesy of Charles Daughtry).
We now offer, as an option, to slot and polish the bridge saddles because many of our customers have asked for it. We slot them in the center for the best universal fit. However, we continue to recommend that the bridge be on your guitar before the saddles are notched so that the strings can be properly aligned with the polepieces of the pickups and the edges of the fingerboard.
If your goal is to get your Historic as close to a vintage guitar as possible, or if you need replacement parts for a vintage instrument, you simply can't do any better than this.
Made in USA.