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Schaller Roller Bridge

About This Item

Schaller's unique variation of the Tune-o-matic bridge features low-friction roller saddles for smoother tuning and tremolo action.

These intonation-adjustable brass saddles allow adjustable string spread, and are angled slightly for correct alignment with the offset mounting studs and threaded bushings. The bridge can be used with standard Gibson® guitar tailpieces.

Use a 1/4" drill bit to install the bushings.

Adjustable
string spread

1-29/32" to 2-1/4"
(48.42mm to 57.15mm)
Saddle radius
14"
(355.60mm)
Post spacing
2-29/32"
(73.82mm)
Stud threads
M5 coarse

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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    • 1266
    • 0.1624 lbs. (0.07 kg)
    • 1266-G
    • 0.1624 lbs. (0.07 kg)

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4.0

Fine german engineering...mostly

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I recently bought the Schaller roller bridge as a replacement for a Gibson Tune-a-matic on a used Gibson "Classic" series SG; the previous owner had attempted to slot the saddles on the factory bridge and has used something far too coarse, leaving the slots much too wide for the string gauge. This resulted in a very dissonant tone to the axe, even though the intonation was correct.

The Schaller bridge sounds solid and correct, giving much enhanced "sono-coupling" through the bridge to the body, and the lack of consonance in the tone is gone...really rings like a bell now!

My only criticism is that the string spacing adjustment is very easy to disturb, as the rollers are very easy to move around on their threads and don't lock down in any way. When changing strings, one must be very careful not to drag the new string through the slot in the roller or it can become completely displaced. I may try putting a dab of clear nail polish on the threads either side of the roller saddles to keep them in place, but it does beg the question of how well this bridge would work with a Bigsby if I ever decided to add one.

Apart from this, however, I find that the bridge is a big improvement over the standard Tune-a-matic in terms of the enhanced tone and better intonation. I also like that the posts for the height adjustment thumb-wheels do not come through the top of the bridge...presents a much smoother, snag-free profile and just plain looks better. I really would give this 5 stars except for the touchy string spacing adjustment; perhaps a finer machine thread would improve this...?

5.0

Perfect Gibson Nashville Drop-in Replacement

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I like to fingerpick my acoustic and electric guitars. Matching the string spacing at the bridge for both is a BIG plus. The pickups and string spacing from the fingerboard edge easily support 2 3/16" spacing which matches my dreadnought. Nice!

5.0

Perfect Drop-in Replacement for Gibson Nashville TOM

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Studs screw perfectly into Gibson inserts and bridge mounts perfectly to replace a modern Gibson Nashville TOM. With the roller saddles I was able to increase the string spacing from 2" to 2+2/16", and match my acoustic guitar. Nice! It appears that the stud holes on the underside of the bridge are somewhat oblong and might also accommodate studs on the older ABR-1 post spacing.

5.0

LOVE the roller!

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I bought a Schaller Roller Bridge for one of my guitars about a year ago. Since then, I've really come to admire the elegant simplicity of the unit as a whole and the way I can adjust it to accommodate my style of playing. So, when it was time to upgrade one of my "pet" guitars, I naturally went back to a Schaller. At the same time, I installed new 500K pots, a new tailpiece, new knobs and pickup rings. The change has made an "OK" guitar become absolutely stellar. I really appreciate it that Stew-Mac had everything I needed, and got it to me quickly and without a backorder. Now, I'm beginning to think my other guitars need some attention, because this one came out so wonderfully.

5.0

Vintage Hagstrom & Schaller

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Replaced the original bridge on my 73 Hagstrom Swede which had seen it's better days. Had to modify the schaller a touch to widen the post holes a 64th but otherwise dropped right in on the original posts. (although I ended up putting the schaller posts in for ease of adjustability purposes ). Better intonation and string spacing adjustment and I'm no longer breaking E & B strings. Thumbs up.

5.0

Les Paul Custom  Schaller roller bridge conversion

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Hello Stewart Mc. I purchased this bridge because technically it looked superior to the standard "tune o matic" Upon receiving it I noticed it came along with it's own body inserts to which the bridge rests upon, Sorry but I wasn't about to dig out the original inserts just to mount this bridge on a $5k gibson. So instead,I thought about it for awhile and wondered if I was to drill out the bridge and have it just sit upon the original Gibson insert post. Well I did just that and set the spacing, string height, and intonation, and my custom plays like a million bucks,and have yet to break a string. You simply cannot go wrong for the price. many thanks

5.0

Great upgrade

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I got this bridge to upgrade a standard tune-o-matic on an SG type kit guitar.I found the holes for the mounting studs just a fraction too narrow. A quick grind out with my Dremel quickly sorted that out.After stringing up I was pleasantly surprised to find that the intonation(apart from the A string,which was screwed in 1 turn) was spot on.A great product that with a graphite nut should help any guitar with a stable tuning platform. Highly recommended.

5.0

Spaced out

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Great to have adjustable spacing when needed. Used it with a B5 on a 45yr old narrow-necked import. Works well and keeps in tune. Nice looking too!

5.0

Perfect Fit, Great Tuning Fix

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I purchased this bridge to install on an Epiphone WildKat I just purchased. Knowing that the Bigsby tremolo would cause the guitar tuning to wander, I figured this was the best solution.

Installing the bridge was very easy. First remove the strings, stock bridge and stock height adjustment screws. Insert the straight knurled Schaller bushings into the threaded stock bushings far enough to be able to judge if they are square (perpendicular) to the face of the stock bushing. Using a feeler gauge set is the simple way to accomplish this. Using care and a nylon faced mallet, tap the Schaller bushings down into the stock bushings until they seat completely. Install the Schaller height adjustment screws and the bridge fits perfectly! Now you're ready to set up your intonation and action.

Thanks to Stewart-MacDonald for making these products available and thanks to Schaller for making top notch components!

5.0

My favorite bridge.

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This is such a nice bridge. Exact spacing for each string. Do you like the string spacing a little wider/narrower? No problem! It's a little pricey, but well worth it!

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