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Unleash the tone that's trapped in your bass with the Hipshot Supertone Bass Bridge.

Breathe new life into your Gibson bass with the completely redesigned Hipshot SuperTone Bass Bridge. A direct replacement bridge for your Gibson 3-point bass bridge that uses your existing hole pattern. Machined out of solid aircraft-quantity aluminum, the Hipshot SuperTone bass bridge features complete adjustability that is easy to use: precise intonation, independent string height, and even side-to-side string spacing adjustment. Most important of all, the tone, punch, and sustain will knock your socks off. To achieve maximum tonal transference, the SuperTonebass bass bridge is solidly fastened to your axe. A very slight shadow of the bridge footprint may result.

FEATURES
  • Machined from solid aircraft-quantity aluminum
  • Fully adjustable
  • Precise intonation
  • Independent string height

Grab this replacement bass bridge and bring out the true tone of your bass. Own it today!

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HipshotSuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (15)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Must-Have!

I love the short scale of the Gibson bass, but the sound was killing me. Way too dull and boring. I was planning on completely gutting it and putting all new pickups and...Read complete review

I love the short scale of the Gibson bass, but the sound was killing me. Way too dull and boring. I was planning on completely gutting it and putting all new pickups and electronics in it, which probably would've involved busting out the Dremel. I'm glad I started with the bridge becuase it brings all new life to the bass. Definitely a much brighter sound with more sustain. Even works great for slapping now, which it absolutely could not handle before.

One additional sidenote: When it arrived from MusiciansFriend, it was missing one of the screws and spring (the one that holds the saddle to the bridge and adjusts length). It wasn't in the box and fell out and is probably just sitting on the ground in some warehouse. Honest mistake, but I was worried I was going to have to return the whole thing and wait another few weeks to get the replacement. I gave Hipshot a call and told them my problem. The entire call was under 2 minutes and in less than a week (from US to Germany!) I received a whole bag full of a variety of screws and springs, "to make sure I got the perfect fit", at no cost to me. I was blown away at their customer service. Becuase of this experience I will definitely buy many more Hipshot products!
Bought the gold one and stuck it onto my Gibson SG Faded. Incredibly easy to install. Destrung, took out the old one, screwed in the new one, restrung, adjusted saddle and bridge pickup heights and was playing again all in less than 10 minutes. The abilty to adjust the saddles both vertically and horizontally is a great feature.
Perfect retrofit. Seems like it will be indestructable. Doesn't look like the gold will fade over time, but we'll see. It will definitely last. This is my first Hipshot as I've always upgraded with Leo Quan Badasses in the past, but was just looking for a simple fix with no routing for the SG. The Hipshot is as good, if not better, quality.
I put off buying it for months due to the higher price, but once I got it I was glad I did. It's worth every penny.

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Needs Something

While it is a good product and easy to install, it requires some tweaking for it work as it is supposed to. Although there are no instructions sent it is easy to install,...Read complete review

While it is a good product and easy to install, it requires some tweaking for it work as it is supposed to. Although there are no instructions sent it is easy to install, however on my Epiphone EB-3 I needed to fabricate a shim to go under the bridge to facilitate proper string height as well as find a longer bolt for the E string saddle to allow proper intonation. Both of these items should be included with the bridge as I am not the first to have encountered these problems. Once I addressed these 2 issues it is a great bridge and much easier for setup than the stock 3 point bridge which is rather archaic (I wonder why Gibson/ Epiphone still use it). I would recommend it but with the proviso that you will need to be able to fabricate or purchase the extras needed.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A true Supertone Improvment !!

By Rich shields

from New Jersey

Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

Since I've been playing, I usually end up tweaking my basses. From my '67 Fender telecaster bass to My '86 Spector. Recently I purchased a Epi Thunderbird in Silverburst. The electronics were replaced and that helped the sound ,but it needed something more. I couldn't get the action lowered and the string tention was a bit too tight for me. So I decided to try the Hipshot Supertone. Yes it is pricey, but well worth it. What a huge difference in every aspect !! Very easy to install. Just three bolts, and away you go ! Right away the tone was solid and even. String tention was great, and the action could go as low as I wanted. I was really amazed. One minor drawback , is an occasional rattle form a saddle spring. Other than that, a great product that makes a difference.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Must-Have!

By Peter Brown

from Nashville

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Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

I love the short scale of the Gibson bass, but the sound was killing me. Way too dull and boring. I was planning on completely gutting it and putting all new pickups and electronics in it, which probably would've involved busting out the Dremel. I'm glad I started with the bridge becuase it brings all new life to the bass. Definitely a much brighter sound with more sustain. Even works great for slapping now, which it absolutely could not handle before.

One additional sidenote: When it arrived from MusiciansFriend, it was missing one of the screws and spring (the one that holds the saddle to the bridge and adjusts length). It wasn't in the box and fell out and is probably just sitting on the ground in some warehouse. Honest mistake, but I was worried I was going to have to return the whole thing and wait another few weeks to get the replacement. I gave Hipshot a call and told them my problem. The entire call was under 2 minutes and in less than a week (from US to Germany!) I received a whole bag full of a variety of screws and springs, "to make sure I got the perfect fit", at no cost to me. I was blown away at their customer service. Becuase of this experience I will definitely buy many more Hipshot products!
Bought the gold one and stuck it onto my Gibson SG Faded. Incredibly easy to install. Destrung, took out the old one, screwed in the new one, restrung, adjusted saddle and bridge pickup heights and was playing again all in less than 10 minutes. The abilty to adjust the saddles both vertically and horizontally is a great feature.
Perfect retrofit. Seems like it will be indestructable. Doesn't look like the gold will fade over time, but we'll see. It will definitely last. This is my first Hipshot as I've always upgraded with Leo Quan Badasses in the past, but was just looking for a simple fix with no routing for the SG. The Hipshot is as good, if not better, quality.
I put off buying it for months due to the higher price, but once I got it I was glad I did. It's worth every penny.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great replacement for epiphone thunderbird classic pro

By Bass Ft Worth

from ft worth, tx

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

      I installed this bridge on my Epiphone Thunderbird Classic Pro. The bridge installed with ease. I do not notice much of a change in tone but intonation and action is much easier to adjust over the standard bridge. If I purchased another Epiphone bass with a three point bridge, I would replace it with this solid chunk of metal.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellant replacement bridge

      By Bassman

      from Nottingham, UK

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Direct Replacement
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Solid construction

      Cons

      • No instructions
      • Some Adjustment Required

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

        The hipshot Supertone bridge is an excellent upgrade for my Epiphone Thunderbird Classic Pro bass. I had problems fitting it initially because one of the ferrules pulled out of the bass body when I screwed the bridge down onto the bass. I solved this by applying some adhesive to the ferrule and refitting it by lightly tapping it back into place with a hammer. I then reduced the gap between the top of the ferrule and the recess in the underside of the bridge with a washer (one per side). This stops the bridge anchor bolts from pulling the ferrules out of the bridge and instead snugs the bridge down onto the bass body as desired. You might have to experiment with the right thickness washer - but I got lucky straight away. You may also have to trim down the saddle internation screws by 5mm to enable the strings to be internated correctly (I did). All that done I now have an excellent bass with an equally excellent and fully adjustable bridge. Plus, Hipshot provide excellent customer service.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent, easy upgrade.

        By aproud1

        from cincinnati, Oh

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

            While the Gibson bridge works, it is somewhat limiting. Doesn't allow individual string adjustment and can take some patience to adjust intonation. It is functional though.

            The Hipshot supertone is clearly superior in build quality and functionality. It works like other hipshots and is similar to most modern bridges. When installing Just be careful not to over-tighten the screws as you could possibly spin the threaded anchors in your bass.

            Didn't notice any major sound improvements as some people have. But this is an excellent and easy upgrade to my SG bass.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Big Improvement

            By GKW

            from NY

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy To Install Setup
            • Saddles Don't Wobble

            Cons

            • String Wrap Reaches Saddl

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

              Big improvement in sustain and tone. Unlike the stock 3-point, EB-3L bridge it replaced, the saddles don't wobble and waste string energy. Very important. Solid contact to body helps sustain also, for sure. Easy to set up. Only thing I ran into is that some strings have the ball end wrapped up almost an inch from the ball, which can just about make it to the saddle, depending on how you must set saddle positions for intonation. Not a flaw, but be aware of the string's manfacturing style, in this regard.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Tonal Upgrade for T-Bird Bass

              By Bones

              from Santa Cruz, CA

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              Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

              If you have an Epi or Gibson T-bird bass this is a "must have" upgrade. It will totally improve the tone and sustain and get rid of the weak stock bridge that sits on 3 bolts and has those little wobbly bridge pieces that are barely held in. Also - with this bass you have the bridge pieces sitting far enough from where the string ball ends go in that you no longer will have any issues with the lower string winding or cloth covering sitting on the bridge piece. Plus, it looks so much nicer and cleaner than the stock bridge. You will be "amazed" at the improvement in tone and sustain. This is the one upgrade you really need to do.
              Machined from solid aluminum - this bridge has solid bridge pieces that keep the strings in place and won't slide around or wiggle like the ones that come on the T-bird bass. Also, the string spacing can be adjusted and individual bridge pieces are height adjustable. This bridge gives you much more intonation and action adjustment than the stock one. And its a solid mass that bolts directly onto your bass so it really adds sustain and tone.
              Very nicely machined and solid. All the adjustment screws were easy - nothing frozen or sticking. The whole thing is perfection. I got the black and it's a nicely finished semi-gloss black that fits in with my other black hardware on my Epi T-Bird.
              A little pricy for a replacement bridge - but still a great value. You will be amazed at the improvement in your tone and sound. I would pay twice what they are asking (but don't tell them that - they'll want to increase the price).

               
              5.0

              100% Improvement

              By Rick Webb

              from Riverside, RI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

                Bought two- a black one for my white Epi T-Bird Classic Pro, and a chrome one for my Vintage Sunburst Epi Classic Pro. Removal of stock tailpieces took longer than installation of new ones. Intonation was almost perfect on both Hipshots right out of the box. Drastic improvement in tone, action and intonation.
                Can't say enough good things about this product.

                 
                3.0

                Needs Something

                By drums148

                from Edmonton AB Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • No Instructions
                • Requires Tweaking

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

                  While it is a good product and easy to install, it requires some tweaking for it work as it is supposed to. Although there are no instructions sent it is easy to install, however on my Epiphone EB-3 I needed to fabricate a shim to go under the bridge to facilitate proper string height as well as find a longer bolt for the E string saddle to allow proper intonation. Both of these items should be included with the bridge as I am not the first to have encountered these problems. Once I addressed these 2 issues it is a great bridge and much easier for setup than the stock 3 point bridge which is rather archaic (I wonder why Gibson/ Epiphone still use it). I would recommend it but with the proviso that you will need to be able to fabricate or purchase the extras needed.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent replacement for stock Thunderbird Bridge.

                  By kgkon

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Allows for a better setup
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

                    The setup on my Thunderbird is so much better having a lot more adjustment options with this bridge over the stock version.

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