Golden Age Roller Bridge

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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.

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Golden Age Roller Bridge Chrome

Chrome

Item # 1275
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$34.95

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Golden Age Roller Bridge Gold

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Item # 1275-G
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$39.95

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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

 /><font color=About bridge & tailpiece measurements

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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    • Weight
    • 1275
    • 0.170
    • 1275-G
    • 0.170

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Golden Age Roller

By Psycho Billy's from Portland, OR, U.S.A.
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 12, 2013


Same old complaints with the "Tune-O-Matic" or whatever they call it; I ordered the roller from StewMac and it arrived in 3 days, much to my surprise. I liked the style of the Schaller except for one major design flaw; the rollers are set on a threaded axle to allow for string spacing. Nice idea; very poor design. The roller will shift and must be reset every time the strings are changed. I really don't see the need for this particular adjustment; I prefer my strings to have consistent and equal spacing and I don't need to change that. The golden Age uses set rollers that stay equally spaced. What a concept. The bridge body styling is extremely similar to the Schaller; aesthetically there is no difference (in my opinion). It's a drop-in replacement on the LP and I was truly amazed at the ease of adjustment for both height and intonation. Neither adjustment requires loosening the strings. Adjustments are smooth with absolutely zero friction. Impossible with the stock bridge unless one wants to ruin the screw heads. Bending notes is an unbelievable experience; I can bend notes into next week with no loss of pitch and no broken strings. Sustain? It hasn't quit yet. I was concerned with the quality of such an inexpensive piece; I've always trusted Schaller and realize, as others have stated, that "you get what you pay for". This time I got a little bit more. A world-class roller bridge with a 12" radius to match my fretboard. The quality is second to none, and if it were not, StewMac's return policy had me covered anyway. Best 40 bucks I've spent in quite some time. Well, there was this girl at the last party we played... Highly recommended (the Golden Age Bridge) for any LP; tremolo or not. I'd throw in a 6th star for shear happiness if I could.

Super FAST!

By D.A. from Clinton, OK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 07, 2013


Order went through 8/5 and was delivered 8/7 at 9:15am. Installation was drop in on my Gibson Les Paul Studio. Wish I'd have ordered the Bigsby from you too. I'd be jammin' right now instead of waiting for it to arrive.

A twelve inch radius at last!

By CJ Beuhler from Saskatchewan, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 07, 2013


I have spent hours modifying 14" radius bridges to 12", going so far as to start building my own from scratch...even more hours! This bridge provides good tone, and works well with a tremolo. Watch out for the little brass rollers though...they do pop out on occasion, and are very hard to find on the shop floor! Perhaps you could take a look at the Schaller approach, which adds variable string-widths to the features list.

Exceeded Expectations!

By Ancient Rocker from Minnesota
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I went with the Golden Age Roller because I LOVE the fact that it matches the 12" radius of my fretboard, and that the rollers are brass. I love the tones I get from my PRS Stripped 58 with the brass saddles. Anyway, with the standard tune-o-matic, the strings would bind up on the back of the bridge body and did not travel through the saddles well. Even gentle Bigsby use would cause terrible tuning issues. Now that I installed the Golden Age Roller...I LOVE this guitar! The tuning stability is SPOT ON! The strings clear the body of the bridge because it is designed as a "low profile" piece for this exact purpose. The brass rollers are smooth and roll with no friction that I can feel, and are machined perfectly into the bridge in a way that completely avoids any looseness or rattle. I was a little skeptical when I ordered this bridge because it was such a good value...and I always figure "you get what you pay for". But...in this case anyway...I feel I got WAY more than I paid for with the Golden Age Roller. I can't recommend it any higher...ESPECIALLY if your guitar has a 12" fretboard radius!

Drop in roller

By T.D. from Washington The State
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 05, 2013


Wanted a roller to replace the crap-o-matic with the wire retainer that came on my G L P Studio. It buzzed and rattled and I hated it. E-mailed Stew-Mac and got a quick response with recommendations. After I did a few measurements, I opted for the Golden Age chrome and I'm sure glad I did. All I had to do was unthread my posts and thread the Golden Age posts back in and drop the new bridge in place. Works great, looks great, I swear it plays better than ever. Nice quality for a decent price and easy installation, couldn't ask for much more. Also thanks Stew-Mac for the fast shipping!

Gibson Les Paul dlx - Golden bridge

By Paul Let from Ma.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 20, 2013


The Stock bridge that came with the guitar is not bad ,i was going to use this and remove the plasticnut on a Epiphone but first figured the Gibson already had premium parts ,it was a great move,a direct dropin replacement. One thing though,you will have to readjust the neck ,height, and intonation ,no big deal that being done there is for sure better sustain And tone is a bit better,fot $35 it is much better quality then the Korean made wilkerson,these to have readiused rollers the lesser ones do not When replacing string s, do both E strings first To keep pressure on the bridge and notmessup the adjustments. Thanks much to the feedback From the Gibson site for the tips.

Great Design.

By Griff from Farmington, AR
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 02, 2013


I have always preferred a roller bridge whenever available. The Golden Age roller bridge from Stew-Mac is perfect for the current Gibson Les Paul project I have. The 12" radius of the Golden Age is perfect for Gibsons because Stew-Mac had the foresight to make it so as opposed to the 14" radius on the Schaller. The low profile is not only comfortable but really keeps the strings off the back of the bridge. No mods were necessary at all when replacing the Gibson Nashville Tune-O-Matic. Great design, Guys. Thanks!

Epi Wildkat

By HPO from Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 09, 2013


Bought this to put on my Epihone Wildkat that has Bigsby and non roller bridge which to me doesn't make sense. Like others, I found the adjustment studs were the wrong size but with a few taps of a hammer the new ones fit right inside the existing threaded holes and I would imagine if I had to I could pull them out and still use the originals. My only other problem was, and I don't know if this is an Epi thing, but the stud spacing was slightly off and the holes had to be elongated by about 0.010" or so each to make it fit. After all this, it fit very snugly with no rocking whatsoever and it is the only roller bridge I was able to find with the 12" radius.

1950's Tun-o-matic out  &  in with modern Golden Age Roller bridge !!

By David Clemons from Lafayette, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 05, 2013


The reason I did this project was because I kept breaking strings and the intonation was hard to set...Note: Before doing this project I checked with Gibson/Epiphone and found out that Most newer Les Paul's have a 12" radius)(check your specs first) And was well pleased that the new roller bridge fit very well, a perfect radius fit...now onto how I did it....I first loosened my strings on my Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III and moved them out of the way...and then removed the old outdated Tune-o-matic bridge piece...and then unscrewed from the body the old Tune-o-matic bridge posts..I then used Some Guitar Grease from Stewmac on the new Knurled mounting studs and placing a piece of 1" foam on my table under the body of my 2012 Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III to absorb the shocks...I then used a rubber mallet and gently tapped in the new bridge mounting studs till flush with the old mounting female posts in the Epiphone body...I then put on the new Golden Age Roller bridge with intonation screws pointing to the rear of the guitar...I put the strings back on then tuned the instrument up with a TC Polytune tuner and then set the intonation...and then I played the guitar and was very pleased with the results..very easy to set the intonation..good sound, good sustain ..and definitely better than before the upgrade. I highly recommend this product. Thanks Stewmac for stocking it.

Quality unit

By kburty from Baltimore, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 11, 2013


Like other reviewers I was attracted by the price. Wasn't sure if it would fit my Epi Les Paul Ultra, but was encouraged by Dave and Mike's comments. At Dave's suggestion, I gently tapped the mounting posts right into the Epi's studs. Pretty sure if I needed to, I could pull them out again. This is a 12" radius bridge. I'm pretty sure my guitar is 14", but it still plays very nicely. When and if Stew-Mac comes out with a 14", I'll pick one up. I installed a Bigsby B70, but I've removed the hold-down roller, too much friction. Since then I've tweaked the nut-slots, so I'll try putting the roller back. I'll probably have to do a little bit of filing on the rim of the bridge for string clearance. As closely as I may look, I've never really been sure if roller bridges actually roll, or if the strings just like that smooth round surface. Either way, it works!

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