Is there an 8-string Tune-o-matic bridge out there?

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  1. MoonJelly

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    I know they aren't very popular. Thinking about building an 8-string LP-esque guitar.

    I saw you can order a bridge + tailpiece from ABM for ~277USD --too much money. Also they don't come with studs.

    Anyone know of cheap alternatives?
     
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    Halo made their own, maybe email them.
     
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    I bought one of the rondo ones. Pretty nice, it’s too bad they don’t offer the stop tail. I managed to find someone selling a halo set (maybe even from on here?) with a stop bar. Seems like a really well-made piece of hardware.

    I haven’t built the guitar it’s for yet, so I can’t speak to the durability, but if you can find someone selling more, get them.

    And if Halo says they WILL sell their tom8s, please let us all know. A few years ago, they told me they weren’t selling any.
     
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    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation..

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    I emailed them; we will see...

    I was jazzed that rondo sells them, but i only see black, looking for chrome in this case. I sent them an email also.

    ~~~UPDATE~~~

    Halo replied quick, unfortunately not what I'm looking for, but they had this to say. I think it's intriguing but not for $100 (in case anyone is interested):


    HI Adam,



    Thanks for reaching out! I was lucky enough to locate an 8 String TOM bridge for you at our shop, but it is Black and made of Carbon Fiber. I don't know if we will be offering Chrome anytime soon, but ABM apparently has them in Chrome if you are interested...(Check out the link below)



    https://abm-guitarpartsshop.com/ABM...g-Bridges/ABM-2508/ABM-2508c-Chrome::400.html



    I can sell you the Carbon Fiber TOM we have in stock for $100. LMK if you want pics and I'll send some over for you to check out.



    Hope all is well!

    Marcus



    ~~~UPDATE AGAIN~~~

    From Rondo, they said:


    Hi Adam
    As of now we do not make them in Chrome - but may consider in the future.

    --
    Kurt Zentmaier



    So. I'm gonna mull it over. The 'carbon fiber' bit has me curious, still not sure it's worth $100 right now.
     
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    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation..

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    Anybody have experience with plating? Now I'm pondering whether to buy the $25 Rondo TOM and have it replated in chrome.
     
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    Might as well get the ABM one in chrome. While plating isn't in and of itself an expensive process, stripping the Rondo one to a state where it can be properly plated and then paying a shop to do such a small order (you'll be hitting shop minimums) will make it too expensive to be be worth it, and that's assuming there's a place local to you so you're not paying shipping both ways.
     
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    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation..

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    Thanks Max.

    I do have some local options, and a sand blasting booth. Maybe I could strip myself and they could throw it in with a larger batch? :lol:
     
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    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation..

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    Welp, never mind. Marcus sent me pics of the carbon fiber bridge, guess I'm changing my ideas and going with this bad boy.

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    That’s what I got. I haven’t decided on what to build for it.
     
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    8 string Les Paul!
     
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    That thing has a weird radius: wound strings sit really low compared to the plain strings. Or am I just looking at it wrong?
     
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    I think the angle of the photo is playing tricks.
     
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    It's because the camera is angled down and the bass saddles are backed up compared to the rest so they look lower.
     
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    Definitely the front runner, it’s either gonna be an LP, RD or Explorer.
     
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    Make a Rich Bich.
     
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    I would say go with the ABM version, their hardware is insanely high quality, it's chrome plated brass.

    With the carbon fiber bridge, the Low F saddle looks so shallow that having the string at an angle means they would touch the edge of the bridge.

    On the ABM website it does say "Tuneomatic and Stoptail" so maybe they do made the stoptail piece.
     
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    I mean, I was aware ABM made the hardware as mentioned in OP. Wasn't too happy with the price. But I just bought the CF set for $105, rather than $277 with ABM. Even if I needed to replace all the saddles, it'll still cost me less than half what ABM is charging.

    I was originally planning to do an 8 string Buckethead LP, which was why I was wanting the chrome hardware. I might still do it at some point in the future. The CF bridge changes more than just the color scheme for me; 2.3 oz as opposed to 7-8 oz has me thinking of making an ultralight 8 instead. It would be really interesting to see how light I could make an 8-string explorer...
     
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    Careful, it's already really easy to make the Explorer shape neck heavy.

    But, if you're the type that rests their arm on the upper bout, you should be okay.
     

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