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gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 573
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:49 pm:   Edit Post

I am looking for a vintage 60's Gibson EB0 or Melody Maker Bass bridge screw and/or saddle like the one in the photograph. These are not the same as the later ones you can now buy from Allparts, etc. They have a narrower shoulder where they drop into the bridge and the saddle is different.

All I need is one, and I am even interested in just the screw if that is all I can find.

Thanks,
Dave
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onnob
Junior
Username: onnob

Post Number: 11
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

This seems not to be the original bridge for the eb0 gibson. The original bridge is one standing on two posts, and no adjustable sadles, but a fixed bridge. Later (1965? and further) they used a three pole bridge.
I know so well, because I'm searching for this two pole bridge for my '62 eb0. I can't use the three pole one, because this bass has the additional muting device underneath the bridge. Anyone suggestions where to become one? These things are hard to find in the Netherlands......

thanks for reading,

Onno
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1221
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post

No, this is original - they switched to these late 1967, then switched to the three-point around 1973 (I can't take credit for this info - it is available at Fly Guitars). I have had three Gibsons with this kind of bridge (affectionately known at the Last Bass Outpost as the "Evertilt") - a '68 EB-2, '68 Melody Maker Bass, and early-'70s Les Paul Triumph.

In connection with the Les Paul, it was missing one of the original saddles, so I ended up buying a bridge off of eBay, which I still have. Dave, if I can find it, I will hook you up! Problem is finding it...
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 574
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

Please do!!! Yes, it is from a 68 Melody Maker bass! All it needs is the one missing screw and saddle.

Thanks
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1222
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 4:06 pm:   Edit Post

I will look - it's either going to be easy to find or next to impossible - if you saw my house you would understand!

Which string's saddle do you need?
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1404
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

Love them nylon saddles! Friend of mine used to have '53 Les Paul set up with an ES-330 style trapeze & a Tune-A-Matic with nylon; another had a '59 330 with them; 2 of the sweetest-sounding guitars I've ever known!

Peter (who would love to find a source for them to fit an early-90's Sheraton)
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 575
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 9:19 pm:   Edit Post

The most narrow one is missing. Probably either of the two smallest would fill the bill if you did not have the narrow one.



Thanks so much!
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1223
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 - 4:29 pm:   Edit Post

Dave, I'm sorry but the bridge didn't turn up on a cursory inspection. But a long overdue room cleaning has begun, so the search continues! If you get a lead on one from another source by all means jump on it - I can't guarantee that I will find mine...
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 933
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 - 5:26 pm:   Edit Post

Should be able to have someone with minimal machining skills fab up a new one pretty easily.

Dave, If you are anywhere near Milwaukee let me know, we could hook you up.
:-D
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 578
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you but I am too far away. I could make the saddle, but the screw is an odd one. Maybe the room cleaning will turn it up or maybe EBay.

My house has too much stuff tucked away, so I know the feeling!!!
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 579
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 - 6:18 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you but I am too far away. I could make the saddle, but the screw is an odd one. Maybe the room cleaning will turn it up or maybe EBay.

My house has too much stuff tucked away, so I know the feeling!!!

Thank you all so far!
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 582
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

Hieronymous, my Gibson Melody Maker bass looks just like yours! I tried to download your songs from an 1997 post on here, but they quit part way through.

The serial number on my bass comes out to a 1968 model but the original pots date code to 30th week of 1966.
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hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1224
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 2:40 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, they definitely look alike! I never checked the pots on mine but the serial looked to be about '68.

I have a couple of the tracks I recorded with it on soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/hieronymous-seven/over-there

http://soundcloud.com/hieronymous-seven/terminous

I never recorded it clean - for me, the mudbucker was for fuzz & effects! The first track is with a bunch of different distortions (Fulltone Bass Drive, Hao Rust Drive, Z Vex Woolly Mammoth), the second is Woolly Mammoth through Moogerfooger Low Pass Filter.

I finally sold mine - well, traded it in a few months ago for my Fender Duck Dunn Signature P-Bass. The Melody Maker served me well - I bought it in Japan - and I lost money on it but still think I got more money from GC than I would have in a private sale.
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 595
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post

Still looking for a bass saddle for this one!
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 634
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, November 04, 2013 - 8:07 pm:   Edit Post

Still looking!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3083
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, November 04, 2013 - 8:24 pm:   Edit Post

Hi
Go to eBay and log in a search with notifications . I see this gibson bridge type on ebay very often . Ebay will send you an email when the specimen that you desire shows up !
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 637
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

Yes, I check EBay every day. The whole bridge assembly seems to sell for around $175, which is too much when I just need the one screw and saddle.

I can't play the bass as it is.
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1323
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 4:33 pm:   Edit Post

Dave, I'm so sorry, I haven't been able to find mine.
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 639
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 8:03 pm:   Edit Post

I thank you so much for looking!!!
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1615
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 8:54 pm:   Edit Post

Buy a piece of nylon 6/6 and cut your own.

Peter
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1324
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post

He needs the screw as well
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 722
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post

Still hoping to find one!
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 262
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:28 pm:   Edit Post

I saw one of these on eBay a few years ago and it included the posts and holders that go into the bass for $50. So I bought it, as I have several old Gibsons that use em. You are looking for a shorter saddle and saddle screw, yes? E-mail me your shipping address and it is yours, next time I go to post something. Nerf! Sorry I do not come read stuff very often, anymore.
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 263
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm:   Edit Post

Are you looking to replace the E string one, or E and G? Mine are stock, so do not have grooves filed into them. Best to explain things simply to me, as I am pretty dumb. Did you file the E one down, as it was a 'middle' one/taller one?
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 264
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

Opps, I misspoke myself, like a true politician. These did come with grooves. I found four saddles, all the same size (Told ya I was dumb these daze), grooved from E to G size. Found three screws in a box with a complete set of LP Triumph guts I bought just for the pick-up rings a decade or so ago. So all I need is your address and you should be good to go in a week or so.
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 265
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:48 pm:   Edit Post

http://www.flyguitars.com/gibson/bass/parts/bridge/#24

OK, typical Gibson consistency in the products over any given time span, no matter how short the duration . . . The picture seems to show un-grooved saddles, and it might just be the angle, but on the two saddles/screws by themselves in the picture, one looks taller/thicker on the shoulders than the other - As I seem to remember. My basses are put away in their closet, so too much of a hassle for me to check this out on. OK, I will shut up and go away now.
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 723
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 10:56 am:   Edit Post

Now that's a handy web site! Yes, that earlist bridge is the one, with those nylon saddles. What a goofy design that bridge is!
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 726
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post

Thanks to poor nigel I now have the part I am looking for!!!!!
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 269
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:07 pm:   Edit Post

Good. If ya see someone on here looking for something you have an extra of, 'pay it forward.' Never saw the movie, but I liked the concept advertised in its commercials . . .
poor_nigel
Advanced Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 270
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:07 pm:   Edit Post

Good. If ya see someone on here looking for something you have an extra of, 'pay it forward.' Never saw the movie, but I liked the concept advertised in its commercials . . .
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1351
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post

Great! My bridge still hasn't turned up so I'm glad you were able to get what you needed.

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