Epiphone Casino Replacement Bridge spec questions

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  1. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    I want to replace the bridge on my Epiphone Casino and am having a real hard time feeling confident about spec'ing out replacements. Making things more complicated, I want a TOM bridge with vinyl or tusq saddles (not open for discussion really, I've decided on that course).

    I've got a cheapo plastic Home Depot caliper that tells me it is approximately 74mm (or possibly 73.8-9mm) from center of post to center of post.

    It appears to have standard posts (not threaded and no slot for adjustment. Adjustment ring is fixed to the post, threads go into the bushings attached to the body.

    The underside of the bridge has "B-1" stamped on it. The reason I'm asking all this is that the Epiphone TOM bridges that I've seen in the past I believe had "B-2" stamped on them. I don't know what this means.

    Can anyone help?
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Find someone who sells the bridges you want, contact them and request a center-to-center measurement on the holes.
    Unsolicited suggestion alert...
    I pulled the studs out of my Sorrento and use a rosewood floating bridge and saddle and I love it.
    I didn't expect such a positive change.
    It's more alive plugged in or not.
     
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    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    Well I'm currently waiting on a response from both StewMac and Tonepros. And I'm not totally confident in my ability to measure this. I was hoping "B-1" would be the trigger that would explain the specs of it. But thanks.

    And my Casino is very lively even after dropping in some Ken Armstrongs. I'd love to tame it a bit and I suspect nylon saddles will do that without darkening it.
     
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    If I’m not mistaken, 74mm off center, 6mm posts. Tonepros makes ones that will fit, and I think the Gotoh Nashville.

    But double check me. You might look at WDMusic, AllParts, and Stewmac.
     
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    did you plug the holes?

    I have a Sorrento coming by the end of March, and I think the Sorrento and the Casino share the same bridge, and Ive been thinking of putting a better bridge since the Casino I had, had some trouble with intonation on the stock bridge when I put in 11's.. especially the G.. there's not enough throw.. 10's were fine, but I play 11-52's..

    to the OP: Ive read somewhere that Gotoh Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge will fit.. But Im not sure as well as I dont have my Sorrento yet..

    Gotoh
     
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    Can you not just get the saddles?
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Here's the specs for Gotoh Nashville Bridge

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    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    Unfortunately Gotoh doesn't have what I'm looking for. Tonepros does, but their documentation is terrible. Their website doesn't have specs for the particular bridges that I am looking for.

    I don't think these are 6mm posts. I think they are M4 x.7 threaded pos (4mm)t. the standard small hole posts, in other words. But if I'm wrong, this is the place to correct me.

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    Does that include vinyl saddles?

    No, not for metric. Also, I'm not sure I will actually like the mod, so I'd like to have the old one as a drop in replacement just in case.
     
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    Yeah, I've got a standard post (small post). This link gives no detailed measurements. But you say this one dropped into your Sheraton?
     
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    It's been too long--I don't remember which one I bought, small or large posts. I linked the large posts.

    It was a drop in. If your Casino is 90s or very early 2000s you may want to dig up precise measurements. I know nut width was thinner on early Peerless Casinos, but am not sure about the bridge itself. My guess is they are standard size.

    My Sheraton is a 2014.
     
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    Nope. hmm
     
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    Not sure if Gotoh makes vinyl saddles..

    However, I researched into this when I had a 2014 MIC Casino.. I sold it off due to quality issues, but I also came across with Faber bridges, a bit high end but will probably more responsive in terms of measurements..

    This is what I considered and is a direct drop-in replacement according to them

    https://www.faberguitar.com/ABRM-NG...ds-Gloss-Nickel-Brass-saddles-nickel-plated_1


    this has nylon saddles

    https://www.faberguitar.com/ABRM-NGN-ABRM-Bridge-Fits-4mm-studs-Gloss-Nickel-Nylon-saddles_1
     
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    No need to plug the holes as they are, coincidentally ;) right under where the bridge wants to be.
    My bridge/saddle was a generic one that required a LOT of carving.
    If you're not prepared to do some serious hand-fitting, be careful about what you buy.
     
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    Yeah, I don't know how to read those prices. But I've looked at Faber and they are way too expensive for an Epiphone. Thanks though.
     
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    If I do decide on a floating bridge, my luthier will do the handcarving on a rosewood bridge and saddle.. thats if I find the Sorrento to be a keeper and will likely upgrade everything, pots, switches, etc etc.. I usually have a 6-8month trial period on any new guitar I buy before it goes into serious pro set up work..

    yeah, thats what I thought too.. but after reading a lot from forums, the Gotoh Nashville style worked for them as a drop-in replacement.. I just wasnt able to buy as the Casino didnt last 3 months with me.. If it was a good one, I was really planning to do some serious work on it as I found them enjoyable to play and the tone really pleased me, but yeah..

    Please post back if you've found something that works! thanks!
     
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    This seems pretty close. How much fudge factor is there here between 74mm and 74.5mm? The posts seem right. Mine measures 4mm at the top post and 5mm at the threaded end.
    • Model Number: TP6G-N
    • Thread: 5mm Metric (as used by Gibson on Nashville Models)
    • Post to Post Spacing: 2.93 inches/ 74.5mm
    • Saddle Notch: Pre-Notched Saddles
    • Saddle Material: TonePros G-Formula Nylon 66
    • Bridge Material: Zmac
    • Post/Thumbwheel Material: Brass
    • Post Top Width: .15 Inches/ 4mm
    • String Spread: 10.4mm
    • Radius: 12 Inch
     
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    I installed a Gotoh GE103B bridge on my Casino over the holidays, I needed that little bit extra intonation over the stock bridge. They come with standard posts though I just reused the Epiphone ones, it dropped right in. I don't know about the Tone Pros with Tusq saddles, though I have used the regular Tone Pros on my Epi Les Paul Standard.
     
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