Bridge for Gibson Vintage or Historic Models • Absolute Vintage Collection ABR-1 • LIX Patina Nickel
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. Includes brass bridge studs, and TruVintage brass thumbwheels as shown.
The bridge is a genuine Gibson non-wire NOS OEM base made from zinc alloy to True Historic spec, complete with vintage-correct embossing on the bottom. We age, finish, and assemble each one by hand in our shop in South Carolina with our brass saddles and intonation screws 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. We had our machine shop take measurements and inspect every detail on an original set of ‘59 thumbwheels. We knew the only way to get it exact was to have a custom-made knurling tool built—so we did. 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 that! 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 now offer, as an option, to slot and polish the bridge saddles because so 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. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to notch the saddles yourself the way they do it at the Gibson factory in Nashville. No files are required, just an extra set of strings and a small plastic hammer. Master luthier Dan Erlewine shows how it’s done in this short clip.