Ibanez 7321: new bridge or old bridge?

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  1. SirJellyJam

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    As said In the title, I'm considering swapping out my 2008 7321's "old" style bridge for the new one basically for the fact I think It looks more comfortable and stylish. What are your opinions on this?
     
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    New one looks like shit, and is gigantic. Played it at guitar center, worst fucking piece of hardware ever.

    Just my opinion of course.
     
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    Is the new bridge the Ibanez 'Tight-End R' ?
     
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    L1ght Truth Over Triumph

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    No. He probably means the Gibraltar bridge. They don't make 7 string version of the tight end or the tight end R.
     
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    Yeah, I meant the Gibralter one but damn too bad the Tight end R's weren't made for 7 strings they look good. When you played the new 7321 did the bridge cause less irritation or we're the pegs still bothersome?
     
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    L1ght Truth Over Triumph

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    On the gibralter I played the pegs weren't sticking out, but because of that, the action was high as hell and uncomfortable. If it's the screws that are bothering you on your current gotoh bridge, just buy small screws. I just did exactly that for my 6 string Ibby that has a gotoh bridge and now the action is low as hell, and the bridge is totally smooth. No screws sticking out, nothing. It's amazing to play now honestly.
     
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    I'll probably do that, At first I wasn't so bad but now the long pegs are pretty annoying and I like the action low. Could I pick up the pegs at like home depot/lowes or would i have to get them from a music store?
     
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    They are metric screws, and I suggest you get the 3MM and 5MM screws. You probably have 3/8" screws, which are the long ones. I bought these because I couldn't find any of those screws at ACE hardware, Lowe's or Home Depot in my area. They seem to be specialty screws because of their size, and because they serve virtually no other purpose then for what we use them for on our guitars. I could be wrong.. but 3MM screws are pretty tiny. BRIDGE SADDLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT SCREWS 3MM METRIC | eBay

    And I know exactly what you mean. The screws I had were digging into my hand whenever I palm muted, which is very often, so I got fed up and bought replacement screws.
     
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    I personally love the Gibraltar bridge. Feels solid as fuck.
     
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    Woops my bad, Tight-End (R) is only made for 6-strings.... yet. Looks nice and solid, tho ! Can't wait to see some 7's with the new bridge :)
     
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    My biggest issues with the new Gibraltar bridges used on the 7321s are the sharp corners. They get in the way of my playing A LOT.

    I've owned two 7321s before, one with the old bridge, the other with the new. I've got to say I like the old bridge A LOT better.

    Doesn't Gotoh make direct replacements for the old 7321 bridges?
     
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    I see your old bridge and raise you a Hipshot. :D
     
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    Hipshot bridges don't fit the string routes, if you mean to suggest that he should replace his old bridge with a hipshot 7 bridge.
     
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    Everyone hates on the new bridges, personally i love them. The shoulders make palm muting comfortable, and I personally don't have a problem with the screws sticking out too far, though I like my action a little higher than most probably do. The only gripe i have with the gibralter is that the paint on the section of the bridge where my palm rests is wearing away and looks like crap, after about a year of use.
     
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    The pegs will probably be switched out, also would a routeless Kahler be an option? I know esp/ltd had some guitars with the hardtail style trem
     
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    Having played a 7321 and an RGA7 with the new bridge, i can say that the new bridge is of higher quality, and is more solid.
     
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    How come no one has routed out the area under the bridge to lower it some? To make it a little more flush.
     
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    +1 on the Hipshot. It can be done.
     

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