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Locking Roller Bridge

About This Item

Low-friction grooved saddles roll freely with a tremolo so your strings always return to pitch. Adjustable for precise intonation.

String
spread
Saddle
radius
Post
spacing
Post
threads
2"14"2-29/32"M8 x 1.25

This unique post-mounted brass bridge has low-friction grooved roller saddles for smooth string return, plus advanced features for improved intonation stability. The holes for the bridge posts are elongated to allow overall intonation adjustment, and allen screws lock the bridge to the posts. The reversible roller saddles are individually adjustable for precise string intonation, and also lock to the bridge with allen screws. Allen wrench and thumbwheel mounting posts with bushings are included.

Use an 11mm drill bit to install the bushings.

SAVE when you buy a roller bridge paired with a Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:
With Bigsby B50: Locking Roller Bridge with Bigsby B50 Vibrato
With Bigsby B70: Locking Roller Bridge with Bigsby B70 Vibrato

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.

Positioning the bridge
Find bridge placement for any scale with our free online tool fret position calculator.


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    • 5276
    • 0.2396 lbs. (0.11 kg)
    • 5276-G
    • 0.2396 lbs. (0.11 kg)

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5.0

Bar bridge replacement.

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I was experiencing some string noise on my Gretsch NC 1959 reissue of Chet's guitar. The bar bridge that came on it wasn't machined quite right on the 3rd string. It wasn't seated right and allowed the string to vibrate and make a harmonic noise. (think I was the only one who noticed it). I replaced it with this new roller bridge and in addition of fixing my problem it was easier to get the intonation on each string right on the money. Thanks.

5.0

Epiphone the best replacement

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Do you not get confused this is the perfect replacement for the Epiphone Les Paul the post are the perfect size do you not look at the other one like the Nashville version

5.0

The best TOM bridge I've tried

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I've been upgrading a cheap pawn shop semi acoustic guitar. It had a tuning problem which is probably why it ended up in the pawn shop. I tried a couple of new bridges, they all wobbled back and forth in the bushings which seemed to contribute most of the tuning problem. This bridge, by locking to the posts with grub screws holds them a lot more stable and the tuning problem went away. Also the bridge can be moved and locked a few mm back and forth. So that gives a wider possible intonation range than a normal TOM bridge. The thread is metric, which matters if you're not changing the bushings.

5.0

Huge improvement over the standard TOM

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I had bought a few other items for setting up guitars and filing down bridge saddles. I stumbled onto the bridge section, as I have been here before, and looked for a bridge with a 14inch radius. I knew ahead of time that I may have to grind down the post if they are too large to fit my Carvin DC400. For the cost, why not give one a try so I added it to my order. It came today and I was correct in my assumptions that I would have to grind down the thumbwheel part of the posts as their original size would not fit into the bridge pocket that Carvin does with their TOM equipped guitars. Post size and spacing was correct so no issue there. I was able to grind down the posts, note that it is made of steel, and fit into my Carvin guitar in to the factory installed studs. The bridge fit well and mounted without any issues. First time I had plenty of room for adjustments, some of the saddles had to be reversed, but that is what makes this bridge ideal (did not have enough room on the TOM for setting the intonation. Since the base of the bridge is flat and is not that much taller than the standard TOM, I was able to install it with 0.01” clearance between the body of the guitar and bottom of the bridge. The bridge is 0.068” wider than the bridge pocket but I had great string action with it bottomed out. Actually had to raise it a bit. I am very impressed with the change in tone and sustain the walnut bodied guitar now has with this bridge installed. The detailed drawings provide enough information to make a good decision. I rated this 5 stars as the end result was quite rewarding. This bridge is solid, no unexpected buzzing or ringing from loose saddles (TOM). Intonation setup is not that bad. I like this bridge enough to buy another for one of my other Carvins.

4.0

As expected

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Well built bridge. Easily adjustable. Stable, locks in place. Would buy again.
14 radius, my guitar is a12 so I added a few shims under the G & D strings.

5.0

Nice !

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Bought this for my Sheraton II . Fits nicely using supplied posts. No need to remove grommets.
I mirrored position of saddles from original bridge and installed. WOW what a difference!!
Harmonics are on all the way up the neck and stays in tune all day long. I tuned up before leaving for a gig and after 2 hours drive and set up, pulled out of the case and still dead on.
Great product, but adjusting could be rough due to placement of allen screws. Small price to pay for a great bridge.

5.0

Updated my Ibanez Atrcore AS73

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The original bridge broke on my guitar. I looked around for various "drop-in" replacements. This one seemed to have all the cool stuff I thought I'd need. I ordered it, dropped it in, set up intonation and action to my liking, and it works perfectly. Very satisfied.

4.0

Almost perfect - but still the wrong radius

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I needed to replace a buzzing ABR-1 bridge on a Gibson CS-356, and was interested in a roller saddles, so I ordered this Locking Roller Bridge, the Schaller Roller Bridge, and the Golden Age Roller Bridge from Stew Mac to try out. I was determined to keep the original 6-32 posts and thumbwheels though, which meant that I couldn’t get the Schaller or the Golden Age units to fit. The Locking Roller Bridge would fit, but the width was a bit too wide for the posts, so that I had to file away a bit on the inside edges to get the unit to drop smoothly over the 6-32 screws.

My first impression was wow, is this thing comfortable on your hand, with nothing but smooth, round edges. I got it strung up, set the action, and tried to set the intonation. Whereupon I discovered – as someone else mentioned – that it can be very hard to move the saddles back and forth. It was also mentioned that you had to loosen the strings to get at the screws to move the saddles. Well that last part is easily fixed by using a BALL END 2 mm Allen wrench, which lets you get the wrench in sideways at an angle past the string and loosen the screw even with the string under full tension. Much better than the standard 2 ppm wrench that comes with the unit.

But I was going to have to do something to make the saddles easier to adjust. So I first pulled a few of them out and tried filing away at the sides to give more room. And that did help a bit, but not enough. I then noticed that the tiny slots for the screws in the base of each saddle seemed way too narrow for the screw diameter. So I filed away at the screw slots a bit, and sure enough that made the saddles super easy to move back and forth – even under tension – to allow ready adjustment of the intonation.

If this bridge only matched the 12” Gibson radius it would be just about perfect. I got out my math books and calculated how much lower the middle strings were due to the 14” radius of the saddle compared with the 12” radius of the fretboard. Turns out the 2nd and 5th strings are 0.00386” lower, while the 3rd and 4th strings are 0.00575” lower. (Full disclosure: this calculation took MUCH longer than I thought it would.) That may not sound like much, but it works out to be about 25% or 37% or a 64th of an inch, which I reckon is noticeable. So once I get ambitious I may go looking for some 0.004” and 0.006” shim stock to try and shim up the middle four saddles to create a 12” radius. But for the time being I’m satisfied as is.

5.0

If you've got a Bigsby on your guitar, you need this.

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I've installed this bridge on two of my own Bigsby equiped guitars as well as for a few customers. I have nothing but great things to say about it. If you need a TOM style roller bridge for a solid body or semi-hollow body guitar, this is the roller bridge to get. Installation is easy whether you have an import guitar or a USA guitar. You simply can't get better.

5.0

Epiphone LesPaul replacement - WOW!

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This is the roller bridge to use for Epiphone Les Pauls! I had an annoying buzz that was happening from the original bridge. Chose the roller bridge just in case I wanted a Bigsby later on (original reason - but found so many more compelling reasons to switch the stock bridge). GLAD I DID!!
* EXACT replacement - didnt have to use bushings as threads are the metric ones used on Epiphone. Post screwed in easily, and bridge dropped right in!
*SOUND - WOW... opened up the sound on my LP with better sustain, better resonance, better harmonics (no kidding!)
* FEEL - better on my wrist (where I typically rest it when playing or palm muting) as it is very smooth and no rough edges; Strings feel responsive and less "brittle" and somehow less effort to bend bringing smoother playing as a result (better for blues too!)
*TUNE - keeps it in tune surprisingly. Less adjustments needed through the course of a nights playing
* Why THIS Bridge -
- construction was very good as is the finish (I got chrome)
- I saw the Schaller at a Luthier, and one issue with that bridge was the way the roller was threaded so that string spacing would be a challenge as no stops were included or designed. This bridge uses screws which hold things in place and does not allow for spacing changes so it is exactly the same per mfg spec, and intonation is NOT a problem. (disregard the other comment in these reviews - its easy to set up)
- It is a DIRECT replacement for Epiphone bridges (and yes I measured every part of the bridge before ordering)
- Cost was reasonable for the quality you get, plus, StewMac would not carry a substandard product; one call to their phone center confirmed this would be an easy install - it was!!

Wrap up: This is a GREAT bridge over a standard or roller bridge replacement options. This should be your FIRST replacement part, even if you dont have any buzz (yet). I am SO glad I purchased this and am enjoying buzz-free playing and a lively sounding Epiphone Les Paul- finally!

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