Golden Age Top-Loading Hardtail Bridge

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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    • 5303
    • 0.2900 lbs. (0.13 kg)

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4.0
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2.0

Poor design and components

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Verified Buyer


This is the first time I've been really disappointed with a Golden Age product. I probably should have read all the reviews before purchasing. As others have pointed out, the strings hit the intonation adjustment screws when they feed through. Also, the height adjustment screws are all the same length so they can end up protruding quite a bit on lower action strings, making palm muting uncomfortable. Most hardtail bridges I've used have different length set screws to compensate for this. I'm going to have to modify or replace a fair amount of the components to make this bridge acceptable. I expected better from StewMac.

4.0

Requires some setting up....

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Verified Buyer


This bridge is fine once you dial it in, but don't expect it to pop it on and go. As others have pointed out, the mounting screws are less than adequate, even with pilot holes, and I had to extract and replace two of them. Also, most of the adjusting screws were too long. I had to cut off all the saddle height screws and all but the B and high E intonation screws. I don't find this to be much of a problem: I would MUCH rather have screws that are too long than screws that are too short.

After I took care of that, it was good to go.

5.0

guitar repair

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Verified Buyer


This was an exact replacement for my First Act electric bridge. I'll keep old one for spare parts.

5.0

Better than the original.

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Verified Buyer


Needed a replacement bridge for my 1980 Ibanez Blazer Strat copy. Easy to install and a better design than the original.

5.0

Worked well in unusual application

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Verified Buyer


I put this bridge on an Epiphone Les Paul Special that had trouble with intonation. I think the existing tune-o-matic was not mounted in exactly the right place, and I was running out of adjustment on a couple of strings. I had to shim the bolt-on neck a little to reduce the neck angle and that still didn't give me quite enough clearance, so I put a washer under each corner of the bridge. A lot of people said that would kill the sustain but i didn't see much, if any, difference. And after all, the TOM bridge is set up above the body on posts. The strings seem much tighter, probably because there's only about 1/2 inch of string behind the bridge as opposed to the 2-3 inches on the TOM and stopbar setup. I think when I put lighter strings on ( it has 11's now), it will be a player.

5.0

Golden age hardtail strat bridge

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Verified Buyer


It did not fit my 82' reissue 1957 strat. Had to file the pick guard to fit the bridge & carefully measure, measure, measure to set the bridge in the exact position before final set-up. I've got years of experience doing this kind of percist work but most people do not. Just saying. When all said & done it worked out great ! -?-

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.

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