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Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (fireglo) » Fri May 29, 2020 1:18 am

I just found out that Babicz Full Contact Hardware is working on a Rickenbacker bass bridge. There are photos on the Facebook page from September 4, 2019. It fits into the tailpiece with no modifications that I can see. Has anyone heard about this?
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (Hutnick) » Fri May 29, 2020 8:20 am

I just emailed Jeff a few weeks ago, inquiring about the status of this new bridge. Unfortunately he said that he is still in the prototype phase. The challenge, it sounds, is to offer a design that allows for a full range intonation adjustment. And then there’s the issue of his manufacturing operations dealing with COVID-19. I’ve owned Babicz bridges in the past and they were fantastic. I’m excited to see an aesthetically pleasing and functional bridge replacement finally available for my Ric!

Maybe if enough of us show interest, it will help speed up the process of getting a prototype fully developed and ready for market.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (admin) » Fri May 29, 2020 10:22 am

Hutnick wrote:I just emailed Jeff a few weeks ago, inquiring about the status of this new bridge. Unfortunately he said that he is still in the prototype phase. The challenge, it sounds, is to offer a design that allows for a full range intonation adjustment. And then there’s the issue of his manufacturing operations dealing with COVID-19. I’ve owned Babicz bridges in the past and they were fantastic. I’m excited to see an aesthetically pleasing and functional bridge replacement finally available for my Ric!

Maybe if enough of us show interest, it will help speed up the process of getting a prototype fully developed and ready for market.


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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (lumgimfong) » Fri May 29, 2020 11:45 pm

No logo would be nice.
I got the hipshot gibson bass bridge over the babicz partially because it was logoless.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (fireglo) » Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:54 am

Jeff Babicz's Facebook page says the Rickenbacker 4000 series bridge is ready and coming soon.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (cassius987) » Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:00 pm

Does anyone have a photo of this?

EDIT: Found this. https://www.facebook.com/JeffBabicz/pos ... 997121085/

Looks like it slots into the existing tailpiece? I was really hoping for a "toothless"/muteless design instead. Darn - that's my only lingering issue with the revised Rickenbacker bridge/tailpiece.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (Isaac) » Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:22 pm

I think it's just the bridge, and not the whole tailpiece, so the mute and teeth are already there.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (cheyenne) » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:55 am

Minimalist approach, keeping the original frame. I like it.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (henry5) » Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:55 pm

Interesting idea, especially given the hassle I’ve recently had tweaking the setup on one of my old 4001s. Three concerns; getting the action low enough on a vintage bass (I like very low action), weight, and being able to tweak the string spacing sufficiently. My basses are set up with 16.5mm spacing. Might be worth dropping them an email though. Assuming you can just drop it in and take it out again (for instance to install the original bridge if selling), could be pretty cool.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (cheyenne) » Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:14 am

If this is finally going to be a real thing, I'll try one.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (Kiddwad57) » Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:14 am

That's some sophisticated machinery.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (Finch) » Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:29 pm

I like this approach. Hipshots are excellent bridges, but they don't look that great, even if they are pretty nice looking for a ric replacement.

Anyone try the new official ric bass bridge that kind of mimics the hipshot adjustment options?
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (cassius987) » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:54 pm

I love the official Rickenbacker bridge that was recently released. It's on my 4003AC. Wonderful. I just wish the tailpiece teeth/mute would be taken out of a future design to make palm muting a bit easier. It's far from impossible as-is, but not optimal.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (Isaac) » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:27 pm

I don't do a lot of palm muting, so that's not an issue for me. I do sometimes play between the bridge and the bridge pickup. No problem on most Rics, but, on the 4003AC, the bridge pickup is so close to the bridge that the teeth get in the way. I haven't felt the need to make any adjustments on the AC, so I can't speak to the adjustability of the V2 bridge, but it certainly looks as though it will be easier when I do.
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Re: Babicz FCH Rickenbacker Bass Bridge

Postby (cassius987) » Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:31 pm

Oh yes, it's very easy to intonate, and other adjustments are also simple. The bridge redesign is really top-notch in my book.
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