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Golden Age Top-Loading Hardtail Bridge

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Golden Age Top-Loading Hardtail Bridge

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Golden Age Top-Loading Hardtail Bridge

About This Item

A quality adjustable solidbody bridge that doesn't require through-body string mounting.

A well made bridge at a great price! Attach your strings through the holes in the steel base, below the intonation screws—no body routing required. An Allen wrench is included for adjusting individual saddle heights.

String spread 1-31/32" (50mm)

Chrome. Mounting screws included.

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


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    • 0.2900 lbs. (0.13 kg)

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4.0

replacement tail piece

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Verified Buyer


these hardtails worked just like the original easy to install and set up was a breeze good looks and finish looked stock on guitar..

4.0

Weak Screws in Hardtail Bridge Kit

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Verified Buyer


The Hardtail Bridge assembly worked OK. Had to shorten the adjustment screws for the A and E strings because the screws pinched the strings. The mounting screws supplied in the kit were made of inferior metal. Even with pilot holes drilled, the screws broke when screwing into maple.

4.0

Bridge is good. Screws, not so much.

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Verified Buyer


Tip: Throw away the screws that come with this bridge, and go buy your own down at Lowes. I snapped two heads off of the screws that came with the bridge; not sure if they are lighter metal or what. Fortunately I had a screw extractor set and some screws of the same size and length.

This bridge seems to be an identical twin to the one that came installed on my guitar body from the 80's. Didn't even have to drill new holes.

5.0

Surprised

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Verified Buyer


In my application of this bridge on a 59 Del Rey it worked great. I did have to use a maple shim under the bridge because of the way the neck leans back a bit.

5.0

Life saver for a downtuned Tele'

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Verified Buyer


Setting up my Fender SE FMT Tele for B tuning was a bit of a nightmare with the through body bridge. I used this bridge plate, a different Tele bridges string rest (barrel type), and a couple tiny washers behind the back of the bridge to get the distance needed for B tuning.

3.0

Bridge Placement

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Verified Buyer


So far so good, as the guitar this will go on will primarily be an art project; playability is almost and after thought. Just want to caution others that the bridge placement, "Top-Loading Hardtail Bridge", is based on the center of the center screw at the back of the bridge of the three back screw holes and not the "center of the forward-most mounting screw". Seeing that others are having trouble with intonation adjustment screws interfering with the string in saddle I would caution to take extra care in the bridge placement as there isn't a lot of wiggle room for adjustment like you find with the better Schaller Roller Bridge.

5.0

Golden Age Top-Loading Hardtail Bridge

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Verified Buyer


Great finish

3.0

Almost great

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Verified Buyer


It's well made and it'll be ok on the harmony solid body I installed it on, but as Steve said, because of the design, it's not gonna be easy to change strings if the saddle is adjusted back exposing the screw. But I can live with it.

3.0

Not a huge fan of this item

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Verified Buyer


I am giving this three stars mainly because it's a good value for the quality of construction. Finish is nice, and it's fairly heavy.

Unfortunately, the design has some issues. When you string it up, if you have an instance where a saddle is compensated quite a bit toward the back of the bridge, the screws interfere with the strings, especially the bigger strings. In some cases this even causes the saddle to lift up a little. I'm going to work around this by either getting shorter screws, or cutting off the ones it came with on certain strings. Next time I need a hardtail Fender-type bridge, I'll probably go thru-body.

4.0

Mostly Great!

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Verified Buyer


For the price, it's a wonderful bridge. The one I ordered wasn't perfectly flat on the bottom, and it rocked a tad on the guitar top. I worked it with a sharpening stone for a lil bit, and now it sits nicely. So, there.



StewMac PDF Catalog, page 70 See Golden Age Top-Loading Hardtail Bridge
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