Golden Age Roller Bridge

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Golden Age Roller Bridge Chrome


Item # 1275
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Golden Age Roller Bridge Gold


Item # 1275-G
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Golden Age Roller Bridge

About This Item

The only roller bridge that matches the 12" radius of the Nashville Tune-O-Matic. Low-friction brass roller saddles let the strings move freely and return to accurate pitch.

We designed this bridge to work with Bigsby vibratos, in place of the Nashville Tune-o-matic. This is the only roller bridge that matches the 12" radius of the Nashville, so you maintain the string action you're used to. We gave it a low profile to keep the strings clear of the bridge body too, eliminating a frequent source of vibrato problems.

Thumbwheel height-adjustment studs and knurled bushings are included.

String spread   Saddle radius   Stud spacing   Stud threads   
2-1/16"12"2-29/32"M5 x .8

About bridge & tailpiece measurements

Bridge and Tailpiece reference image

String spread is the distance between the centers of the outer strings on a bridge or tailpiece.

Saddle radius determines the arc formed by all the individual saddle heights, and is similar to the measurement of a fretboard.

Stud/post spacing is the distance between the centers of the mounting posts of a bridge or 'stop' tailpiece.

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    • 1275
    • 0.170 lbs. (0.08 kg)
    • 1275-G
    • 0.170 lbs. (0.08 kg)

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Best tune-o-matic style bridge

(Customer's Reviews)

For a new build, this is one of the best tune-o-matic style bridges: it does not break strings, it guarantees perfect return to pitch, it is very well made.
It does not allow a great deal of break angle before strings touch the rear part of the bridge, so it is not good for a string-thru-body design, unless you place the ferrules very far away from the bridge.


What I expected and wanted

(Customer's Reviews)

I ordered this for my Gibson Studio 50's Tribute Les Paul, which had been fitted with a B7/V7 Bigsby & Vibramate. I was uncertain how all would fit in terms of thread, spacing, etc. First and foremost the thumbwheels threaded into the existing studs just fine (phew!). The spacing from post to post WAS off just a smidge, but not enough to be a deal breaker. It took very little effort to coerce the bridge onto the thumb wheel posts. Once the roller bridge was mounted onto the thumbwheels there is a tad bit of binding, making dramatic height adjustments pretty tedious, I'd imagine. Fortunately I eyeballed it really well and only had to raise the bass side a tad. My second pleasant surprise was how well the intonation was preset. I just had to tweak the d-string a bit, everything else was right on. Function is smooth and the added mass of the roller bridge makes for a noticeable increase in sound and sustain, especially on the low E.

I don't know what the long term effects of having the thumbwheels minutely stressed off center by the bridge, probably not much. If I need to do any future height adjustments I'll probably remove the bridge to facilitate easier turning.

I haven't previously had any experience with roller bridges but I'm very pleased with this product.


Not So Fast..

(Customer's Reviews)

I do realize that the Golden Age Roller Bridge may work just fine on a variety of guitars, but it's low profile doesn't help in every case. I just tried to install one on a Gibson ES-137, and it's simply not tall enough to allow for clearance for the strings on the backside leading to the stop bar. What advantage would there be to having roller at the point of angle only to have the strings dragging over the edge of the backside of the piece? None. I think Golden Age needs to get serious about a redesign, and Stewart-McDonald needs to reconsider selling these units without some proper warning to people. As one other customer here suggested, I ended up replacing the individual bridge blades with the roller blades from this unit. A bit of work to swap them out, but they did work that way. The high E string just barely cleared the back of the Nashville unit. Maybe Golden Age should offer just these roller blades as a rebuild kit for Gibson Nashville bridges as an alternative?

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