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Vintage Bridge vs Modern Bridge

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:53 pm
by crisp

I have never played a vintage Rickenbacker, but am getting closer and closer to considering ownership.

I have noticed the vintage bridges (as well as the "C" series bridges) are a bit different. They appear to have a bolt or washer of some sort at the end of the bridge closest to the bridge pickup.

What is this thing? does it prevent you from completely removing the screw? Does it prevent you from changing to a new saddle?

Speaking of saddles, are the vintage saddles made out of the same material as the modern ones? I am quite picky about string spacing, so if I were to get a vintage Rickenbacker and could not buy new saddles to reslot, I woud be sad.

I appreciate any insight.


Re: Vintage Bridge vs Modern Bridge

PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:13 pm
by collin
Those are simply early nyloc type nuts that attach to the saddle screws, allowing you to adjust the saddle without the screw coming out of the bridge.

The newer style bridges (since the early 80s, I believe) are threaded on one end instead of the nut - so the saddle screw threads into one end instead.

Also, yes the original saddles were made of the same material (it's just a piece of aluminum, cut and threaded).

Re: Vintage Bridge vs Modern Bridge

PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:31 pm
by crisp
Thank you for the kind response. I appreciate it.