I will try to keep this short. this Gotoh bridge is great! the only thing I had to do was make the low E string notch a little bigger. and the bridge is sturdy and well built. it also helped with intonation because it has a wider range than the economy bridge that came with my guitar. And, StewMac had it at a better price than anyone else. you can't go wrong with it.. unless you're replacing it on a guitar with an odd pole-to-pole measurement. I am using it on my Italia mondial sportster, if anyone else has one and was curious. now I am unstoppable! thanks for reading
I bought this as a replacement for an Epiphone Les Paul stock bridge that had a horrible buzz from the retaining wire. No buzz with this bridge and it vastly improved sustain as well. Highly recommend this as a replacement to the stock Epi bridge and the posts fit the stock bushings.
Here is an example of excellent Japanese quality! I use Gotoh bridges and tuners on all my guitars, and I am totally satisfied with the quality.
I was not unhappy with the bridge on my limited edition Epiphone Dot, but was intrigued by the many reviews that reported better tone with the Gotoh. At this price, why not give it a try? So I had a buddy notch it out better and was going to install it but was put off by the fact that the bridge did not fit as tightly as the original, even on its own studs. It was a little wobbly with no strings on. So I packed it back up and let it sit for a half year. Finally decided to give it a try last week. DANG! Doesn't wobble at all with the strings on. But more important, this bridge has definitely improved the tone of this guitar! Louder with more clarity and less muddiness. Great upgrade for little money.
This is a great bridge for the money. The saddle adjustment had a solid precision type feel while adjusting them. Nice!
Love the high quality of the Gotoh bridge and it's a perfect drop in replacement for the original but without the buzz and rattle thanks to the lack of a retaining wire. However, the pre-notched saddles are a terrible idea, as my Lester's string spread is slightly different from the one on the Gotoh. I ended up filing new notches on the high and low E saddles to prevent the string from popping off the saddles. The result is sonically and functionally acceptable but looks a bit ragged. I wish Stewmac offered the option of ordering the part without the pre-notched saddles, or offered replacement saddles without the notches pre-cut.
Well-built, massive, accurate. Perfect!
Installed this bridge on Epi '56 Goldtop Reissue. If you're replacing the Lock Tone bridge with this, keep the bushings in the guitar. The Gotoh bushings are too small. Luckily, the Gotoh studs screw right into the bushings. I also noticed the string notches are much shallower on the Gotoh than on the Lock Tone. Easy enough to fix if needed. Nice bit of extra travel for intonation. Notes are crisper and more defined on this bridge. I could tell that from my tuner. For the price, I'll hang on to it. Excellent and timely shipping as usual.
Bought the 1511-n as a replacement for a Classic Player Jazzmaster bridge that was plagued with rattles. Excellent quality bridge. Rattles solved. String spacing is somewhat narrower than Fender's bridge on this guitar, resulting in a slight yet visible bend in the high and low E strings behind their saddles, but it is not enough to cause tuning issues or tremolo hangups etc. The slightly narrower string spacing is also noticeably more comfortable to play. A vast improvement over the Fender product because of quality alone.
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