Problems with your current bridge? You're not alone. Since its conception in 2008, the multi-patented M1 and M2 Mastery Bridge remains the industry leader and most trusted Offset bridge in the hands of touring musicians around the globe. Our original Offset bridge eliminates the buzzing associated with previous saddle designs. Your strings won't fall out of their grooves — no matter how hard you play. All of our Offset bridge saddles are made of solid brass. Since solid brass can begin to show wear within hours of vibrato use, we plate them with a unique, self-lubricating hard chrome plating not found on any other guitar bridge.
The patented non-rocking post design along with Mastery's patented two saddle design has a dramatic effect on the transfer of string-to-body energy, giving your guitar much greater resonance that you'll even hear acoustically. Veteran guitarists such as Nels Cline & Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Elvis Costello, Troy Van Leeuwen, Bill Frisell, Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, as well as thousands of others are now using the Mastery Bridge.
The Mastery Bridge requires no modification to guitars originally equipped with Fender's "floating" style bridge and stock body thimbles. The bridge easily fits into vintage guitars as well as new and used American or imported guitars with these thimbles.
Mastery Bridge Specs: Our luthier designed and multi-patent issued bridges are crafted and assembled in Minneapolis, MN, using the finest materials available. Each individual bridge is inspected and tested before being shipped, to ensure the best possible performance. Every part of our bridge is precision machined out of the highest quality, non-corrosive materials to protect against any rust.
Mastery Saddle Specs: The Mastery Bridge features a unique, patent issued two saddle design not found on any previous guitar bridge. On the 52mm string spacing from E to E, four intonation-adjustment screws are used instead of six, allowing the string to freely go from the saddle to the vibrato without any chance of interference from the front of an intonation screw or back of a baseplate. Each saddle features two drop-in swivels, permitting each of the individual intonation adjustment screws to work independently for precise intonation. The deep saddle string grooves ensure that your strings will never "pop-out" during performance and are slightly fanned out on each end. Instead of around 18 lbs of string tension bearing down on an individual saddle as found on most bridges, our bridge applies over 50 lbs of downward string tension on each saddle. This added tension per saddle forced downward transfers more string-to-body energy, which you'll hear in your guitar acoustically as well as amplified. The saddles accommodate the heavy-gauge strings of Bass VI model guitars and can be used on left-handed guitars as easily as right-handed.
Plain brass, plain steel and plain stainless steel saddles eventually wear grooves into the saddle with vibrato use which can cause muted tones and string breakage. Plain brass is the softest of these materials and can begin to wear within hours of vibrato use. The more surface area there is in a saddle groove, the more problems can arise later on. A steel string on an unfinished saddle naturally generates heat with heavy vibrato use, and that heat will expand the metal in your string and cause it to go out of tune. We use brass for our saddles, a softer, warmer-sounding metal, but plate them with a unique hard chrome plating not found on any other guitar bridge.
Hard chrome plating is commonly used to reduce friction and heat along with increase wear resistance in parts like piston rings, firearms, airplane landing gear and bearing surfaces. It generates far less heat with vibrato use and your strings stay better in tune. Although much more expensive to manufacture than plain or "decorative chrome" saddles found on other bridges, our saddles' unique hard chrome-plating aids in lubricity while tuning or actuating the vibrato of an Offset or Bigsby-equipped guitar, ensuring years of consistent performance and accuracy. No other bridge manufacturer uses a plating this durable. Our saddles will remain the hardest surface on your guitar.
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