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installing a Leo Quan Badass II bridge

I'm thinking of buying a Fender. Every review says that the bridge should be swaped out. There is a Badass II at the local shop, but the owner says that I need to cut grooves for the strings myself. Can anyone give me advice on how to properly make the cuts? Or is there another quality bridge that would spare me from potentially ruining a perfectly good bridge. Keep in mind I only got a C+ in High School Machine shop class and that was eons ago.
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Re: installing a Leo Quan Badass II bridge

1/26/2002 1:59 AM

Robin Flowers (11476) wrote:

Neal, check out the Schaller roller bridge, it
has small rolling string saddles that are
mounted on a machine screw shaft making
them adjustable in string width as well as for
intonation. The roller is smooth with a groove
in the center and puts far less stress on your
strings than the sharp edge of a Badass
bridge. you can find them at Stewart
MacDonald guitar shop supply @
www.stewmac.com I have replaced several
bridges over the years and found the Schaller
to be of the best quality for the price!
Rob



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Re: installing a Leo Quan Badass II bridge

1/28/2002 9:46 AM

Neal Mitchell (392) wrote:

Thanks for taking the time out to pass on some widom.



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Re: installing a Leo Quan Badass II bridge

1/28/2002 9:47 AM

Neal Mitchell (392) wrote:

Ooops that would be wisdom with an "s"

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Re: installing a Leo Quan Badass II bridge

1/26/2002 12:53 PM

Brad Mock (17216) wrote:

First off the stock and badassII brigdes both use the same mounting holes so no problem there. just be sure to scape off the protective coating where the ground wire makes contact. As far as string grooves go they really don't need to be too deep and if nothing else you can use a rat tail file or even the edge of a regular file. Use the grooves on your stock bridge as a guide and be sure that there are no sharp edges that can cause string wear and breakage. If you have a local guitar repair person they will likely have a set of graduated files to make grooves the same size as your string and that really is better.