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Babicz full contact Tele bridge thoughts ?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by teleup, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. teleup

    teleup Tele-Holic

    Apr 22, 2010
    between Milwaukee and Chicago
    I`m wondering what these sound like, anybody use one here ?
    if so what are your thoughts ?

  2. 4string

    4string Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2010
    Central California
    I bought the Babicz FCH Bass bridge for a build I'm in the middle of, so I haven't gotten the opportunity to give it a test spin yet, but by appearance I am IMMPRESSED.

    The machining/fit is top-notch. The bridge is super-light; probably an alu/mag alloy. I've never seen any bridge even close to this light: weighs way less than a Fender vintage P/J bridge. The saddle height adjustment is super-precise and just one screw, the other locks them. The intonating adjusters are the normal style, but also have locking screws.

    Seems like a well thought-out and engineered design. Cann't wait to try it!

  3. guitarpikz

    guitarpikz TDPRI Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    philly area
    yeah...anyone that have this..pleaes give thoughs on it...i was thinging about this bridge also..

  4. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    I have one for my AM Std Tele....
    been 2-3 months, still haven't put it on.

    Will post when I do.

    I spent too much....but China still needs are help ya' know


  5. teleup

    teleup Tele-Holic

    Apr 22, 2010
    between Milwaukee and Chicago

  6. newtwanger

    newtwanger Blackguardian. Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 11, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    I'd try it if the damn logo wasn't half the size of the part...and if they made 1 specific to the vintage 4 hole and one for newer 3 hole models. Seems expensive for a non-boutique multi-fit item.

    That being said, it appears to have the smartest adjustment system I've ever seen.

  7. Darth Infernus

    Darth Infernus TDPRI Member

    Nov 14, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I just ordered one yesterday and hope to have it on my custom built Tele style guitar.
    I also just got a set of Pete Biltoft (vintage vibe guitars) vintage pickups to replace my EMG-TC set. HUGE sonic improvement! The only thing lacking on my guitar now was the bridge itself.

    It's a cheapo bridge that has the saddles constantly tipping over and not ringing the string without this stupid buzzing noise. I tried locktite for the threads but that didn't work. This Babicz bridge look pretty damn solid. I almost considered installing a Kahler fixed bridge but didn't want to change the look of a traditional Tele so luckily, I came across the Babicz system.

    I'll keep you all posted.

  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Let me guess.

    6 "hammer" saddle bridge assembly with 6 screws and 6 springs?

    Give a 3 barrel vintage assembly a try instead. Preferably with compensated saddles.

    +1 on those Vintage Vibe pickups. Nice stuff!


    I was just thinking. This Babicz bridge has been out there a while now. Just a few purchases. Even fewer installations. A very few ringing endorsements.

    I'm guilty of modding existing bridge plates and ending up with lots of holes; but this multi hole design is not very pleasing to my eye. The giant stamped imaging is what you'd call "a bridge too far". :D

  9. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 14, 2010
    mojave desert
    Have installed the Babicz on a MIM Standard Ash, and a 72 RWRI Custom. Added a lot of sustain to both guitars. Both of these use the 4 screw mount so will string through on these guitars. Am very happy with the sound, feel, sustain, and intonation of this bridge. The only downside is on guitars with the 3 screw mount it will have to top load, and the price, but I love the added sustain.

  10. drf64

    drf64 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI

    I enquired about these bridges a while back. The reason I didn't get one was the prominent product advertising, aka size of the logo.

    that and I couldn't find any ringing endorsements here.


  11. edwardjeffrey

    edwardjeffrey Tele-Holic

    Dec 22, 2006
    san francisco
    It's not very easy on the eyes! I'l stick with my good ole Fender vintage 3 barrel, works for me!

  12. Darth Infernus

    Darth Infernus TDPRI Member

    Nov 14, 2010
    Los Angeles
    So I take it you're familiar with that "Hammer" saddled piece of **** bridge, eh? I ordered the Babicz bridge and I installed it tonight. Awesome bridge!

    I love it's solid build although I expected the bridge to be made out of steel or something but it's light aluminum. It sounds great and It's a breeze to set up. The Babicz bridge is a keeper and BTW, the logo isn't as noticeable as it looks in the pictures. I think it looks cool.

  13. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

    Admin Post
    I've read the propaganda and I think its a bunch of hooey. Plus I'm not too keen on the looks.


  14. tpaul

    tpaul Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 18, 2003
    I haven't had any personal experience with it but of course, this being the internet, I have an opinion regardless.

    It looks like a very well thought-out and precision machined waste of $150.

    If I wanted to spend $150 and I had a Tele with a bad bridge... and, incidentally, I've tried all sorts of Tele bridges and never found one yet that couldn't be set up to play just fine - I'd spend $15 on the cheapo original style bridge and the remaining $135 on new pickups or a better amp.

    IMHO no bridge is worth that kind of money when there are several time-tested bridge designs that can be had for 1/10 of what that thing costs.

  15. JCBurke59

    JCBurke59 Tele-Holic

    Jan 7, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Quote of the day. :lol:
    (With no judgement from me regarding the bridge as I have no experience).

    I may need to add that to my sig line.


  16. PeterUK

    PeterUK Friend of Leo's

    Mar 4, 2003
    Nottingham, UK
    Wasn't that reaction the same of the guitarists who first saw the Telecaster.

    :cool: Peter

  17. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    I had an older timer tell me, "the hammer style 6 saddle vintage size bridge is an item that separates the men from the boys".

    If this is true, that puts me squarely in the category of BOY. I could not get these things to work very well; sometimes they're OK for a few weeks and then they get all messed up. I have had some recent success with the precision version that is made on the G + L guitars; and I've reluctantly been using them and might keep doing so. But I don't play out. I don't know if I would be comfortable depending on the hammer style enough to do so.

    I agree about the second part. I don't know if it is all that well thought out, however. I've fabbed some aluminum bridge plates and I am not really happy with their "sonic signature" just as I embraced and have been backing slowly away from Aluminum saddles as well. You can feel the notes in your dental work if you turn up too loud. ;)

  18. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    I admire the design, but it's kinda like putting 20" rims on a '71 Super Bettle, no? Sure, it's high-tech, but I'm with Boris on this one. I think it belongs on a new design or a hybrid of some type.

  19. harleysr

    harleysr Tele-Holic

    Jul 4, 2012
    So, telex76, you've tried these, right?

    Forgive me. I see glib, snotty comments, but no posts indicating your actual experience with these. Have you installed any? Do you own any? Have you done anything to back up this attitude you're displaying?

    I own four: two on Teles and two on basses.

    Personally, I've found they had a noticable and positive impact, particularly on the basses. Significantly better lows and additional sustain.

    On the Teles, it was a mixed bag. The solidbody benefitted considerably, in both sustain and tone. The original was a fairly run-of-the-mill ashtray variety.

    On the Thinline, I was initially concerned that the tone might have actually lost a bit of it's beef. Hard to say with absolute certainty, as I installed some CS Texas Specials when I changed the bridge. Ended up with a SD Broadcaster and STR1. Now, it's a lovely guitar.

    In terms of the adjustability, this bridge allows for a degree of precision that is difficult to find elsewhere and simply impossible to achieve on any traditional Tele bridge.

    To each their own, certainly, but try adding something constructive to the discussion, rather than simply generic sniping.

    Further, you have stated that those who purchased the product are suckers (you quoted P. T. Barnum), and are incapable of making either an intelligent or objective assessment. What narrow-minded, arrogant tripe! This forum usually is, and certainly warrants better. Snide heckling just plain sucks.
    Paul_in_KC likes this.

  20. harleysr

    harleysr Tele-Holic

    Jul 4, 2012
    Gibson is using Babicz on the new EB- stock!

    I started a thread on this in the Bass Place, but will add it here, as it seems germane to the discussion.

    Thought it was worth noting that the big guys have gotten on board with this product.

    Interesting look to the bass. Has a vaguely 50s-furniture vibe to the design. There's an old, offbrand line of guitars that had a similar shape, but the name escapes me at the moment.

    Either way, their presence on this bass says something, although I'm sure just what, will be a matter for some debate.


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