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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
    • 0.1700 lbs. (0.08 kg)
    • 1275-G
    • 0.1700 lbs. (0.08 kg)

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2.0

UPDATE: REMOVAL

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Verified Buyer


AFTER putting 'Golden-Age' Roller Blades on two of my Gibson's, I am forced to remove them. The problem is that the string tension is not tight enough with these bridge's on the guitars and the strings feel 'MUSHY'. On my Les Paul, I had to get the Relief down to .004" @ 7TH Fret to get the tension anywhere near acceptable, and it really wasn't and if affected the tone of the guitar.When I set the relief it was done with a Notched Straightedge standing in playing position set to .004" @ 7TH & .0055" @ 9TH Fret. To check it, I Capo'd the 1ST Fret and Fretted the 15TH Fret and checked the 7TH Fret to see if there was a .004" 'Relief/space and that was the point at which I could no longer see/detect a space and the Guitars neck still was pretty lifeless and the sound was just NOT good enough AND, from what I know about working on Gibson's guitars(and hearing it from a GIBSON MEMPHIS Final Inspector), the 'RELIEF' at the 7TH Fret when checked as just mentioned should correspond to the 'Relief' measurement of the Notched-Straight-Edge method, and with the 'Golden-Age' Roller-Bridge, IT DID NOT.(It was close,it had to be, were are talking thousandths of an inch here)

So, after changing back to the original Tune-O-Matic that was on the Guitar when purchased, NEW in October 2016, I set the relief @ .004" @ 7TH Fret, just as I did with the Golden-Age Roller-Bridge and the Guitar was back to the way it was when I bought it.The 'Relief' setting of .004" @ 7TH Fret w/Notched Straight-Edge is the same when checking it with the Capo on the 1ST Fret and Fretting the 15TH Fret. AND the guitar Just has a Cleaner Crisper sound and better string tension on the strings...and,of course I have had to Jack up the Stop-Tail on the Low 'E'.

As far as the 2016 SG Special that I put a Bigsby Bigsby B3 on.Originally, I opted for the 'Golden-Age' Roller-Bridge so as to stop the guitar going out of tune on the slightest of bends with the Bigsby. Also, so I could stop jacking up the Stop-Tail to avoid the strings hitting the back of the bridge-plate (like on the just mentioned Les Paul),which was accomplished with the Roller-Bridge. To be fair,I was able to crank the Stop-Tail all the way down on both guitars using the Roller-Bridge without the strings hitting the bridge-Plate back and it does hold tune on the SG Special a little better than the Tune-O-Matic original. However, the lack of string tension is a very noticable, ('LIFELESS'-ness in the tension on the strings), so I am debating whether or not to take the Roller-Bridge off of the SG Special as well and am leaning more towards taking it off than not. When I first changed to the Roller-Bridge on the SG Special Bigsby I noticed the tension/sound difference IMMEDIATELY, and thought MAYBE I had set it up wrong, BUT NO, I DID NOT. After trying to adjust the tension bar and string action (Higher/Lower) and everything else I could think of I was at square one with not enough tension and 'MUSHY' strings w/relief @ .006" which is the lowest I ever have to go, relief wise, with any of my other SG's, Bigsby or not.

I have worked on guitars for a long time and have wondered why GIBSON doesn't fix the little issue's like strings hitting the back of the Bridge-plate and the minor tuning stability issues with the 'G' string and after working on dozens of them and trying everything that has come down the pike to try to fix those things and the fixes not being as good as the way GIBSON has been selling them for decades, my take is this: Gibson has left it alone because it is as good as it gets the way it is and can not be improved upon.Leaving a GIBSON stock is the way to go and if it is not to one's liking, get a different brand guitar. For me,I'm sticking with GIBSON, the Beauty-of-the-Beast is the Beast I love best. AND I do not have the kind of CA$H to buy the $5,000-$10,000 Japanese axe's that Phil Campbell plays anyway, so there it is......

5.0

ES 135 Back in Action

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I've had this 1999 Gibson ES-135 since it was new, that's a lot of years ago, and have never been able to keep it in tune. I love the guitar, the way the maple neck feels, it's easy to pop harmonics wherever you want. It has the trapeze bridge that makes it easier to bend strings than my 335 with the stop tailpiece. But it wouldn't stay in tune. I just sprung for a Golden Age Roller Bridge and new Grover locking tuners. What a difference. It has been a minor miracle. I can bend notes up two full steps and back and it's still in tune. Gibson should be ashamed for selling new equipment with such poorly machined parts. The Golden Age Roller Bridge fit right on. I left the studs in the body of the guitar, and screwed in the two new posts, set the bridge on it. With very little time spent, the guitar was solid as a rock, intonation was simple. Bend some strings up high, and then throw down an open chord, beautiful!

5.0

Guild Starfire v1

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Bought new guild starfire v1 and was disappointed that this beauty would not stay in tune..The dreaded g string sounded terrible,i decided to try heavier strings 11s which did not help..My next move was to have the guitar set up.once I got the guitar home it was much better but still not good enough to gig with..i really started to dig and figured spend more money.Once I put the golden age roller on it really made a huge difference.Now I can use my vibrato and keeps in tune..it worked for me..hope this helps??

5.0

Golden Age on my Gretsch Jet

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Verified Buyer


The roller bridge was a perfect fit on my modified 2008 125th anniversary Pro Jet. The neck scale required a readjustment of the individual saddles. But that was it. I am very pleased with the quality of the bridge. My Bigsby works much smoother and with more accuracy and less re-tuning. All thumbs up in my world.

5.0

Perfect solution to my Les Paul problem

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Verified Buyer


I was having problems with my bridges on all my Gibson guitars. Unplugged they all had a high pitched annoying sound coming from the bridges. It sounded the the strings were binding up in the saddles. I saw one of these online and thought I would try it. The first company I ordered it from lied about the specs and they didn't line up with the Gibsons bridges... I saw Stewmacs and as soon as I saw the advertisement, the only one for les Paul's and saw the specs, I knew it would work. The install took about 2 minutes. It fit perfectly. The guitar has a nice warmer tone unplugged and the guitar stays in tune perfectly. I am putting these on all my guitars that have the typical Gibson type bridge and stop bar tailpiece. Great bridge, Great fit, Great tone. I love playing my les Paul again.
Thank you to Stewmac for being honest in you advertisement of products....

5.0

Golden Age Roller Bridge

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Verified Buyer


I bought the Golden Age Roller Bridge for my personal Gibson Les Paul Studio and I absolutely love it!!!! the guitar stays in tune and setting the intonation was a breeze, and the overall appearance is beautiful. There were no modifications to be made, it fit perfectly. Thanks guys for your knowledge and courteous service. Could not be more pleased with this product!!

3.0

NO DIFFERENCE...

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Verified Buyer


I ADDED THIS TO MY 2016 GIBSON SG SPECIAL FADED Trad.. Since other reviewers had reported that this bridge fixed the tuning issue's they had w/BIGSBY B7 Tremolo's on the same SG ,I decided to put one on mine. The guitars sound was unchanged, the bridge was intonated perfectly right out of the box (which was an excellent surprise). This RolleB bridge is an impressive li'l piece of machinery, arriving promptly, it was not necessary to use the bushings. However on my particular guitar after tuning up with new ,but broken-in ,strings.... the guitar went noticeably out-of-tune after playing one song and only MILD tremolo use, no DIVE-BOMBS.

I will keep the bridge on the guitar as it will most likely reduce string breakage as it has the wheels instead on sharp edged saddles for the strings to sit across, but the bridge doesn't do what I had hoped it would do, and as other reviewer's reported it does, and that is to keep my 'SG' in tune after MILD tremolo use.

5.0

2013 Gibson SGJ

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Verified Buyer


Same threads as stock. Fixed intonation issue.

5.0

Top value !!

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Verified Buyer


This bridge is beautifully machined piece !
Excellent quality...hard to believe they can sell it for such a reasonable price !

4.0

2016 GIBSON LES PAUL

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Verified Buyer


Order arrived promptly and the bushings were unecessary. The roller bridge went on smoothly and to my astonishment was intonated almost 100% correctly. After adjusting the string height and STOP-TAIL to where the strings were not hitting the back of the bridge plate I tuned to standard concert tuning and the guitar was intonated 100% correctly. All that was needed was 1/8TH of a turn of the screw in the back of the bridge on the low 'E' string....and BANG !!! DONE !

It will take a while to see how well the bridge keeps the guitar in tune, especially the 'G' string as on GIBSON's it is a known problem, the beauty of the beast ! One thing I can say, right off the bat, is that the Golden Age 'Roller-Bridge' allows me to have the STOP-TAIL considerably lower towards the body of the guitar. When using the Nashville Tune-O-Matic I have to jack the STOP-TAIL up a few turns to avoid the strings hitting the back of the bridge plate. The Golden-Age Roller-bridge allows the STOP-TAIL to be almost flush with the body of the guitar maybe quarter of a turn away on the Bass side LOW 'E' and just about touching on the Treble HIGH 'E' side. I am already impressed with this bridge and the guitar seems to have a slight bit more low end growl.The 5th star is not given due to the fact that there is no ALLEN KEY adjustment and thumbwheels are the only way to adjust the height so tension MUST be taken off the strings, a minor thing really but the Nashville Tune-O-Matic can be adjusted wothout taking the tension off of the strings, not so for this bridge. If this bridge keeps 'G' in tune & Intonated it will be doing what I want it to do.

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