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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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5.0

Great upgrade on a Gibson SG Tribute with Steinberger Gearless Tuners

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Ordered this Roller Bridge for my 2013 SG Future Tribute. I could not get the intonation correct with the Nashville Tune o Matic. I ran out of adjustment. It appears the Golden age has more adjustment range in addition to the rollers. I was also having stable tuning issues with the Steinberger gearless tuners that come on this Gibson. Both problems solved, the intonation is now perfect and the "creaking" is gone as I tune.
This bridge is a perfect DROP IN. Remove the TOM and the thumbscrews, install the Golden age thumbscrews, pop the bridge on, restring. One little tip, before removing the original bridge which was set up fine for string height on this SG, measure to the top of the string with a dial caliper and write the measurements down on the bass and treble side. After you restring but before you retune to pitch so the strings and bridge are NOT under full tension set the string height to the previous measurements. I found the thumbwheels hard to turn under full tension. This is a quality product!!!! Thank you StewMac for great customer service, and super fast shipping.

2.0

Too much work to install

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I was going to return this bridge but managed to find a way to get it to work thanks to other reviewers. While it is well made and does work great with as Bigsby, it does have some design flaws.
I was trying to install it on an Epiphone Sheraton. The bushings were far large to insert into the factory bushings and far too small to fit directly into the guitar. Fortunately I had some other bushings stashed about and with a little hammering I was able to install the thumbwheel and its bushings into the other set, which fit the Sheraton. After all that it was string it up and play.
As for the design flaws, there should be a version of this bridge with holes drilled in it so that it fits directly over most posts which would then allow string height to be adjusted with just a screw driver. Thereby avoiding the hassle of having to replace the bushings or drill new holes. The other annoyance is that it is nearly impossible to adjust the string height with the thumbwheel while the strings are under tension. I had to loosen the strings, tune up, wash and repeat in order to get the string height where I needed it.
Well made, good price, does what it promises but a can be pain to install.

5.0

Best tune-o-matic style bridge

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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.

5.0

What I expected and wanted

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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.

2.0

Not So Fast..

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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?

5.0

Great Bridge!

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Just installed on a custom guitar I made with a Bigsby B5...great combination! No broken strings, stays in tune...I like the 12" radius too!

5.0

Tune-O-Matic saddle replacement

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I purchased the Golden Age Roller Bridge to aid in the longevity of the string life on my Les Paul. I'm a heavy-bending blues player and I was constantly snapping E-strings. The bridge worked flawlessly but I didn't care for it's beauty quite so much. It just didn't really look original; a bit too "pretty" for my old guitar. What I did, and I cannot believe it worked out so fantastically, is removed the roller saddles from the Golden Age Roller Bridge and installed them in place of the original saddles on my Tune-o-Matic. The threads and dimensions are the same, and it works flawlessly. I absolutely love it, and can bend notes into next week without breaking a string. I just bought a new LP Custom and I'll be doing the same thing for it. I wish Stew-Mac sold the roller-saddles independently for such an application, but it may be cost-prohibitive when it gets down to the price of packaging, numbering, and all the other headaches involved that the consumer usually doesn't perceive. Anyway, I'm extremely happy with the results and would recommend this product to any guitarist including professionals who's livelyhood depends on quality equipment. I've been using my bridge with the rollers in it for about three years now without fail and no sign of wear on the rollers. Definitely a quality product. I like it better than Schaller's since the rollers cannot travel sideways on threads; it's a better design. They remain stationary in the saddle like they should, and adjusting intonation is a breeze since there's zero friction. You don't even need to release the tension on the string like you would on the regular Tune-O-Matic saddles; just adjust it and re-tune. Adjustments are as easy as if the strings weren't even resting on the saddles. No more stripped saddle screws for those that try to adjust intonation without releasing string tension.
Outstanding product. Like I wrote, I'm buying another. Just as soon as I get over the shock of my new LPC's price tag.
Thanks for reading, and thanks to Stew-Mac!

5.0

Look no further

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I realized that I hadn't posted a review on this bridge. It's amazing, truly rock solid. Tuning stability has been unmatched. Quality in build and looks. My only issue was that the pegs are very small, and probably best for use on a fresh build. Consult the spec sheet prior to purchase. I had to fill in the bridge holes on my Les Paul copy to install this item, but it was really worth the effort. I would highly recommend this bridge. Considering this bridge costs less than more well known brands it's actually a steal.

5.0

Great Replacement for my 2014 Gibson SG Original!!

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This is a perfect replacement for the stock bridge on my 2014 Gibson SG Original. It stopped all of my tuning issues. The Golden Age posts are perfect fit into the Gibson bushings, so there is no need to alter your guitar! I highly recommend this bridge!

2.0

Screw in studs not the same....

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I purchased one of these in gold for my LP Supreme. Installation was fairly easy, just loosen the strings, slide the tune-o-matic out, remove the stock screw-in studs and replace with the studs that came with this bridge. Just one problem. The screw in studs that came with this bridge are not the same size as the stock screw in studs on my LP Supreme. When screwed in they rattle, thus trying to set intonation was ok but not spot on. I removed this bridge today and reinstalled the stock tune-o-matic and screw in studs that came on the guitar and everything sounds good again. I did not try removing the bushings on the guitar and replacing with the ones that came with this bridge. I did not want to get that intrusive on this Supreme. Tuning is spot on now with the stock bridge reinstalled. I thought by using this bridge I could get away from the common problem Gibson's have especially with the G string not staying in tune. Before I got this bridge I was using a product to lube the nut and saddles on the strings. It would last about a month or so and helped keep the treble strings in tune better. I will now go back to that and this bridge will just sit in the case. It was a nice try, but that problem should be looked at by whoever manufactures this bridge. The studs screw in fine, but once installed they are loose and you can rock them back and forth. The stock, screw-in studs are rock solid, no movement at all.

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