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Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge Black 

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  • Machined from solid aircraft-quantity aluminum
  • Fully adjustable
  • Precise intonation
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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
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6)

    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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    A true Supertone Improvment !!

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    5.0

    great bridge. enhances tone and sustaine

    By maurio thunderfingers

    from minot,nd

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts

      Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

      I have been playing bass for over 35 years and this bridge is rock solid.

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      5.0

      Excellent Direct replacement.

      By BAXTA

      from Newcastle, England

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

      Excellent upgrade to replace the stock 3 point bridge on my Epiphone Eb-3, came with two sets of anchor bolts, one for Gibson other for for Epiphone. No more lost saddles when string snaps, simple Intonation, action and string spacing adjustments, allan key provided. cant say ive noticed any change to sound or tone, but just being able to make precise adjustments is a massive plus in my book. the Quality and build of the hipshot supertone are second to none, I highly recommend it, looks great also.

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      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.

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        5.0

        Great! Just as expected from Hipshot

        By Mark

        from Leesburg. GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

          I have a new Gibson USA SG reissue. This new bridge is excellent, right out of the box. As expected from Hipshot, installation was a snap. It literally took more time to remove the old strings, than it did to install the new bridge on the body. It improved tone, and especially added lots of sustain. You may want to run the blocks up a little (string height) on the bridge before you install it. Mine came with the blocks all the way down. Will save you some time when you put the new strings on. I Love it.

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          5.0

          Excellent, easy upgrade.

          By Aproud1

          from Cincy, OH

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          Verified Buyer

          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.

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              4.0

              Big Improvement

              By GKW

              from NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              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.

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                5.0

                SUPER!

                By Tubehed

                from Westminster, CA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

                    Unlike some, I don't think that the Gibson 3-point bridge that's used on most Gibson and Epiphone basses is a terrible design. However, the Hipshot Supertone is clearly a superior product in every way. The stock 3-point bridge appears to be made from cheap pot metal while the Supertone is solid aluminum. The Supertone makes full contact with the bass' body instead of floating on three "stilts", as with the stock bridge. The Supertone allows you to set individual string height, so you can really fine tune the action. The Supertone doesn't slide off the body when you remove the strings and the saddles don't fall out, like they do on the 3-point. Finally, the Supertone looks AWESOME in place of the stock bridge (looks are subjective, of course).

                    On my Gibson SG Bass (EB-3), The Supertone was a breeze to install and set up. I was able to easily get the action and intonation dialed in perfectly. The look and feel of this bridge is more solid compared to the stock bridge. Tone wise, I'm hearing more sustain and clarity. The tone is a bit brighter to my ears, perhaps due to the Supertone's aluminum composition.

                    So, if you have a Gibson or Epiphone bass with the stock 3-point bridge, you already know that it sounds good and plays well. Again, I don't think it's a terrible design. But, the Supertone is a clear improvement in every way, including looks, and well worth the asking price. Also, thanks again to Musician's Friend for the top-notch service!

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                    5.0

                    Great product, a T-bird must!

                    By bluesbass2925

                    from St. Augustine, FL

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

                        This is a must-have replacement for Thunderbird players. It installs in seconds and provides much greater string adjustment than available in the original bridge. Plus, the saddle doesn't fall out when changing a string - if you've ever had to change a string mid-gig, that's worth the price in itself.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect Tonal Upgrade for T-Bird Bass

                        By Bones

                        from Santa Cruz, CA

                        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).

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                        5.0

                        Perfect replacement/upgrade for an Epiphone Thunderbird bass

                        By cosmicdaveus

                        from Ontario, NY

                        Comments about Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge:

                        The original owner lost the saddles to a stock Epiphone Thunderbird bass and my job was to fix it for a friend who recently bought the bass. I could not locate any original saddles so I waited for a MF sale and ended up ordering the Supertone 3 point bridge. It dropped right in using the existing holes/mounts of the Thunderbird and the screws that cane with the bridge. After tweaking the height and intonation with the included allen wrench, this puppy was ready to gig. It is a quality bridge and worth the money.

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