Schaller Roller Bridge

Schaller Roller Bridge

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Schaller Roller Bridge

About This Item

A direct replacement for most Tune-o-matic style bridges!
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.
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 x .8 and
M8 x 1.25

Two sizes of studs included:
The M5 x .8 studs and bushings allow for an easy retrofit from a Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge, as used on many Gibson guitars. A set of M8 x 1.25 studs is also included for installation on most imported guitars with Tune-o-matic style bridges including Epiphone, Ibanez, BC Rich, and Samick. These will screw right into the existing bushings.

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

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.


    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 1266
    • 0.1624 lbs. (0.07 kg)
    • 1266-G
    • 0.1624 lbs. (0.07 kg)

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5.0
  • 4.75 average rating from 73 reviews
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3.0

Smooth action, but ...

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Verified Buyer


First, this isn't the best review you'll read as I need to contact Schaller for recommendations on setting this up. The roller bridge has great potential, but I have encountered a problem setting it up. I bought this to replace the bridge on my Peavey PF-1, which I bought cheap because the bridge was so rusty that the saddle screws had seized. However, it played great and the tone is beautiful. For a short time I substituted the bridge from my Epiphone 335 Dot, while I decided if the PF-1 was a keeper or something to repair and resell. Well, I decided to keep it and came across the Schaller roller bridge. It's a great bridge up to fret 12. But, with neck relief set the same as the original bridge (typical relief for the scale of the guitar), I have to raise the roller bridge until the guitar strings are nearly 3x higher than the tune-o-matic bridge. I've tried a variety of neck relief, bridge, and tailpiece settings, with little improvement. If I can figure this out with the help of Schaller, then this bridge gets 5 stars and I'd recommend it over a standard tune-o-matic. If not, then it doesn't deserve 3 stars. When I have some spare time I'll try it on my Epi 335.

5.0

A really nice adjustable bridge

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Verified Buyer


I've used this roller bridge to create an arch top bridge for my '53 Guild. it has a Guild Bigsby type tail piece. It came out great. Note: Stewmac suggests using a 1/4" drill for the hole. I had to use a 7mm (.275), the 1/4" was just too tight for me as I don't have a press to put in these bushings. And it worked very well, a nice tight fit. This with a piece of the Rosewood bridge blank and tadaa... a roller bridge with side to side adjustment for string spacing.

5.0

Fits and works great on Ibanez AM93

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Verified Buyer


I bought the Schaller over a couple of others, hoping it would fit and that the screw threads would match up with the existing inserts on my Ibanez AM93 (sort of a 336/339 small semi-hollow copy).

The bridge bolts screwed in perfectly, and the spacing was exact for the roller bridge to sit on top of them. I'm a lefty, so I had to move all the saddles for proper intonation, and this was fairly easy - one (the A string) was a little sticky/not easy to move with my finger; I had to use a needle nose plier to adjust it (from side to side).

This bridge allows you to align the strings right over the pickup polepieces, which is a major plus. For the price, this is a great product.

5.0

This thing is amazing...

By

Verified Buyer


Being a woodworker (by hobby), I decided to level the frets on my relatively new Epiphone Les Paul Custom due to some buzzing and the high action required to eliminate it. So I figured I would go ahead and replace the stock bridge at the same time. Did some research on a good replacement and finally landed on the Schaller Roller Bridge. I am relatively new to electric guitar but after performing the fretwork and installing the bridge, I can tell you that it made a noticeable difference in tone and sustain vs. the stock bridge. And given that the larger set of posts that came with the Schaller fit perfectly without the need to replace the insert, it makes this an easy upgrade for anyone (guitar dependent of course). I also like being able to adjust the string spacing, nice feature. The difference in my guitar can't be understated, definitely a beneficial upgrade that was worth every penny to me. I highly recommend this bridge.

4.0

Doesn’t quite fit 2011 Epiphone Casino 1961 Anniversary, but workable

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Verified Buyer


The Schaller comes with M5 studs and inserts, while my 1961 Anniversary Casino has M4 studs. The M5 inserts are undersized, so not really an option to replace the existing inserts. Homwever, I was able to use the bridge without any modifications by just setting it on the existing studs and threaded height-adjustment collars. In order to do this I had to screw the original posts in pretty far and close to the correct height for final bridge height. The Epiphone M4 studs fit up into the bridge stud locacation recesess reasonably well, and this allows the Epiphone height adjustment collars to sit flush to the bottom of the bridge. Fine tuning the bridge height is a bit difficult, but workable, and can get out of whack if you have to adjust too far, since when you spin the adjustment collar, it could turn the collar or stud. If you move the collar too far up, and the stud doesn’t turn with it, it could pull the top of the post out of the bridge recess; if you move it too far down, the post could be left holding up the bridge and the collar is no longer against the bottom of the bridge. To fix this, I might put an M4 nut and lock-washer on top of the height adjustment collar to lock them together so the height adjustment always turns the collar and stud together. Luckily, these are readily available and cheap at local hardware stores.

As for the bridge itself, it appears to be well made and works as advertised. I don’t notice any loss of sustain (if anything, the sustain appears to be improved! A nice surprise). Intonation holds well once string spacing is adjusted.

5.0

High quality product!

By

Verified Buyer


Installed on Epiphone LP Traditional PRO-II. Easy to install. Strings resonate better now. Works great with Bigsby. Recommended!

5.0

Guild S-100 Polara Bridge Replacement

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Verified Buyer


The new Schaller Roller Bridge is working well on my 2015 Guild S-100 Polara (South Korean built guitar). I replaced the factory Guild tune-O-matic bridge due to breakage of the hi E string, which I speculate is due to the long distance between the bridge and the stop tailpiece on this particular guitar model. (Note: Soundgarden's guitar tech on the web and how his vintage Guild S-100's all have roller bridges.)

I liked the bridge's ability to set the string spacing by rolling the rollers, I set mine at 0.4 inch between strings = 2 inch total span. I also liked the bridge's angled rollers, which guide the strings to a more proper angle toward the tailpiece than other roller bridges without this angle feature. The only downside of the bridge I can see is that someone who really thrashes at the strings could potentially knock the strings off of the bridge rollers, not an issue for me.

I was not put off by the fact that the Schaller bridge has a 14 inch saddle radius and my guitar has a 12 inch. I calculated the difference in these arcs as only 0.006 inches less string height for the 3rd and 4th strings, a detail which is further complicated by the groove depths of any particular bridge. I noticed no difference in playability after changing to the 14 inch radius bridge.

To install the Schaller I did need to remove the Guild's bridge posts from the body, and drill out / re-tap the original posts from their original M4 thread to new M5 x 0.8 mm threads. The M5 posts that come with the Schaller are too small in diameter for the Guild's bridge post holes. I preferred to re-use / re-tap the existing bridge posts, due to their long length and solid attachment to the guitar body.

5.0

Works well on my SG.

By

Verified Buyer


Works, installs, and looks very good.

5.0

Bridge for Sheraton

By

Verified Buyer


Fast shipping, easy install. 5 stars for StewMac,

3.0

Schaller Since 1st Build

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Verified Buyer


Been buying Schaller since I made my 1st Walnut Str-at. I am disappointed in this bridge. Well made, will work great for years. It's just Schaller cheaped out in not supplying 8mm bushings. They expect you to use original. One of the biggest reasons for buying this bridge was to replace the inferior metal Epi used on bridge. It would have also been nice if StewMac gave the information that the bushings were not supplied. Not too sure if I will be buying Schaller anymore. I am far from done in making builds.

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