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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Check this axe/ID the bridge

Just bought this Bradley 7 string guitar thru craigslist, it plays very well, and im rather fond of the sparrow inlays. I was told it was an Ibanez style floating bridge. I play mostly Fender Teles, and a Rick but I seem to have come to understand the tuning system and such. I havent heard of the Bradley company before so I was wondering if anyone had any info. I was also trying to figgure out which style bridge it has? I was thinking in investing in a Tremlo-no, when I do use the bar I mostly do dives anyways. I havent really taken off the back plates to check the tremelo workings but I was maybe thinking of changing out some of the capacitors. It might just be my ****ty cables but my signal has been rather crackly. Any Bradley or trem ID info would be helpful, Thanks!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 08:50 PM
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Re: Check this axe/ID the bridge

The bridge is a licensed floyd, definitely not an ibanez design. Unfortunately it looks to be of rather poor quality too, seeing as the metal the screws are made of is pretty raw, and both knife edges are flat (Something most trems avoid doing, since it allows the bridge to shift left and right.)

Looking up Bradley guitars seems to point to them being a poor to middling copy guitar maker, but it only mentions them copying gibson designs, not anything like that guitar, so this may be an own brand model.

Regardless, if it plays nicely, I have no reason to believe its not a perfectly servicable 7 string, though I would look into getting that bridge replaced with a higher quality model asap.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 11:03 PM
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Re: Check this axe/ID the bridge

Reminds me of the bridge we saw in the late 80s during the Classic Axe stuff.. despite being lower quality than an OFR or Schaller.. you'd still see these pop up on a few US made guitars. Not my favorite bridge, but you could make do with it.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Check this axe/ID the bridge

yes theres probably like 40 cents difference between releasing the tremelo after a dive versus after a pull. would a tremelo locking device help this issue?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 12:03 AM
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Re: Check this axe/ID the bridge

if you are wanting to use your trem the tremol-no is not helping as it either blocks or not but not resets the trem to neutral. Change the strings make sure they are stretched, make sure locking nuts are tight and the whole nut is also not moving.

Also not sure what changing the caps has to do with anything.
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