Wilkinson Brass Roller Bridge with Locking Studs
Low-friction grooved saddles roll freely with the tremolo so your strings always return to pitch. Adjustable for precise intonation, with locking allen screws for stability. -
This unique post-mounted brass bridge has low-friction grooved roller saddles for smooth string return, plus advanced features for improved intonation stability. The holes for the bridge posts are elongated to allow overall intonation adjustment, and allen screws lock the bridge to the posts. The reversible roller saddles are individually adjustable for precise string intonation, and also lock to the bridge with allen screws. Allen wrench and thumbwheel mounting posts with bushings are included.
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A fantastic tune-o-matic upgrade at an amazing price
I've been looking for a tune-o-matic bridge upgrade for my PRS style Saga kit guitar for some time. I discovered the Wilkinson Brass Roller Bridge with locking studs, and the specs of this bridge looked particularly appealing to me.
I particularly liked the idea of having roller saddles, as it avoided any string binding when bending, and if I decided in the future to install a Bigsby the saddles would be handy for tuning stability. The 14' radius of the bridge was set in the baseplate, and the saddles are all the same size. I'm not 100 percent sure of the radius of the guitar's fretboard, but I figured it was closer to 14'. The thing I liked about this bridge was that the saddles are attached to the baseplate much like a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge, meaning that if the bridge radius didn't quite match the fretboard I could shim the saddles to better fit the fretboard.
The other awesome feature is the ability to lock the bridge to the studs, which results in better stability and tone. The mounting holes in the bridge have two grub screws to lock the bridge in place, and there is enough wiggle room in the holes to make minute adjustments to the bridge position to fine-tune intonation if needed.
The best part about the Wilkinson Brass Roller Saddle Bridge was the price. I was surprised at how cheap this bridge was considering the specifications. Wilkinson are known for making great guitar parts at reasonable prices so I jumped on the bridge.
When the bridge arrived I gave it the once over, and it looked to be a nicely made piece of kit. Installing it was a breeze for the most part too. My stock bridge was an import spec piece, and thankfully the studs that came with the Wilkinson matched the diameter and thread of my installed anchors. The only problem I found was that one of the grub screws for locking the bridge to the stud was a bit stiff, probably due to a bit of a burr in the hole. I was able to tighten the screw and lock it down though.
Adjusting the intonation was a breeze. As mentioned earlier the saddles on the Wilkinson bridge are mounted in a similar fashion to Floyd Rose type tremolo bridges, and whilst the Floyd Rose saddles are a pain to adjust the Wilkinson was nice and easy. With the roller saddles I could loosen the saddle bolt and shift it without loosening the tension on the string, and the saddle would hold where I wanted it to. If the saddle weren't a roller type I doubt this would have been possible. The intonation range on the new Wilkinson bridge was far better than my stock unit too, so I was finally able to properly intonate a couple of strings that I just could not quite get right with the old bridge.
With the bridge installed and the intonation set it was time to test out the guitar. The fit and finish of the Wilkinson bridge is nice and smooth, making it very comfortable on your picking hand.
String bends in the higher registers was always a problem with the old bridge due to the incorrect bridge radius. The notes would choke out on the frets from about the 10th fret up on the B and high E strings especially. With the new Wilkinson bridge I am now able to bend these strings with minimal catching on the frets, and I have also been able to lower the action a little more too.
The upgrade to the Wilkinson bridge has resulted in better tuning stability too. The smooth spinning motion of the rollers means that the strings can move freely on the saddles while performing string bends, not catching like they did on the old bridge.
Locking the Wilkinson bridge to the studs seems to have given the guitar fuller, brighter tone as well. The integrity of the string vibrations are preserved when the bridge is fastened more solidly, so sustain has improved a little too.
Overall the Wilkinson Brass Roller Bridge with Locking Studs is a fantastic cost effective upgrade for any tune-o-matic bridge equipped guitar. It's extremely comfortable compared to traditional tune-o-matic designs, and the enhanced tone, sustain, and tuning stability is a welcome addition.
|Liked about it ||
Amazing upgrade at a cheap price.
* Locking studs give better stability and tone.
* Smooth design is comfortable for the picking hand.
|Didn't like ||
One locking grub screw was a little tight probably due to a rough spot in the mounting hole.
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