I recently replaced the stock bridge on a mid '90s Washburn HB35S semi-hollowbody with the gold version of the Gotoh Tune-o-matic. I did not have to replace the stud inserts since the thread size was identical to the old bridge, but these old Washburns are tough because the stud spacing is slightly narrower than standard. A workaround I discovered to accommodate the slight difference in stud spacing that may be helpful to others:
I started with the studs just started, instead of screwed down to playing height. The slight angle of the curved guitar top meant the studs were angled apart at the top of their range allowing me to slip on the bridge. I then carefully screwed down the studs, a bit at a time alternating from one to the other until they were down to playing height. Very snug fit = great tone transfer!
Yes, you will have to file the starter slots, but that is expected.
The only knock I have is the soft metal of the studs. Even with a well-fitting screwdriver and slow, careful turning, the slots did deform/burr a bit, and filing off the resulting rough edges removed the gold finish from the top of the studs (instant "relic" finish!). To be fair, because of my spacing issue, the torque I had to apply was more than if it was a direct drop-on fit.
Direct fit onto Epiphones. NO ANNOYING RETAINER WIRE!!! You can just slide this on to your Epi's current pegs, but I recommend using the GOTOH pegs because they are obviously better quality. Love the new bridge, will get a new one if I get a Les Paul soon.
1511 fits epiphone les Paul ls100 perfectly using existing bushing inside wood. Nice shiny, dense and heavy. Wider than stock epiphone part. Easy to adjust. Tiny slot on each saddle sometimes doesn't hold the high B and E.
I had the misfortune of having two of these rattle. The first I was able to return and the replacement rattled just the same. Workmanship not what it should be.
I just received my Gotoh 1511 Tune-o-Matic bridge to retrofit my Ibanez Artcore guitar (looks like a Gibson 335). I had gotten the guitar used, and the original buzzy bridge saddles were annoying. The Gotoh unit fitted the posts, and was the same action height. I just eyeballed the intonation adjustment screws, and tuned it up. A perfect fit! Plays clean, like a dream. Thanks, Stew-Mac!
I bought this bridge to replace the one on my Epiphone Dot Studio because I play left handed and had to buy a right-handed guitar and re-string it. Since the original saddle blocks on the bridge have 3 facing one way and 3 facing the other, when I re-strung it to play left-handed the saddle blocks were backward. So I bought the Gotoh as a replacement because all the saddle blocks face forward. I bought the Gotoh bridge with the studs and bushings it because my original bridge had the modern studs with screwdriver slots to raise and lower the bridge, and it looked from the pictures like that was the proper one to buy. And it was. I simply removed the old strings because they needed changed anyway, lifted off the old bridge and set the Gotoh bridge right down on the same posts that came with the guitar, and it fit perfectly. Didn't need to replace the studs or bushings, so now I have a couple extras for my toolbox. It took literally about 5 seconds to swap out the bridge once the strings were off. Then re-strung my guitar and it was good to go. I did take a triangular file and enlarge the slots on the saddle blocks for the bass strings (before putting it on the guitar of course) because the slots on the Gotoh were pretty small. The ones for the unwound strings were fine. If you decide to do this, go very slowly and carefully with your file and keep your file upright; don't try to rock it side to side to make the slots bigger because you may rub a groove into the slot that will cause string breakage. Or just have a luthier do it for you. Wouldn't hurt to polish the enlarged slot out with a plastic brush on a Dremel or very fine sandpaper to make it really smooth, and put a good quality guitar lube in the slots when done, which you always should anyway to prevent string breakage. Tone was great after the swap. Overall a great product at a very reasonable price.
I purchased the 1511 to replace the bridge on my lower-end Epi Les Paul. I could not beleive the difference this made to this guitar. The tone and sustain really came to life. You will need to file the saddle slots, so order a set of nut files that match your string sizes. Easy to do, just take your time.
Very good product,excellent package and shipping.
Got a Chinese LP style guitar as a gift and tore it apart. I replaced everything and this was a drop in fit, which is great. It has better mass and it adjusts smoothly. One note is that it WILL need the slots cut deeper. They come with barely a scratch for a slot and its not useable that way. It doesnt need much, and fortunately I have the files to do it, but if I didn't it would have been a pain. Other than that, its a solid upgrade and did make a significant difference in the guitar.
I bought this bridge with the intention of having a direct replacement with no work required. The reviews alone made me want to buy this bridge. I was searching for a bridge that would be better for intonation than a standard TOM bridge. The bridge fit my guitar perfectly but the saddle notches were not slotted enough. My strings kept rolling out of the notches. I tried to file the saddle nothces a little more but I don't have the proper files, needless to say, I've wasted my money. I can buy new saddles but that defeats the whole purpose. I was looking for a hassle-free replacement and this wasn't it. It's a shame because the saddles do go back a little further than a regular TOM bridge. This would have been an awesome bridge. If you are looking to buy this bridge, have some knowledge in filing saddles because your going to have to with this one.
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