NB(ridge)D: Hipshot Tone-a-matic 7

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  1. eaeolian

    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    So, I finally replaced the original rotting zinc Gotoh 7 string TOM on my Soloist 7. The low B saddle was basically rounded off up to the notch. :lol:

    I was going to do the ABM bridge, but then Hipshot introduced the Tone-amatic 7:

    https://hipshotproducts.com/products/7-string-tone-a-matic-guitar-bridge-metric

    So I bought one, then spent a couple of months not putting it on. ;) I finally bit the bullet (I hate doing intonation) and installed it. Easy as pie - it dropped right in, the allen key studs fit the existing anchors (there's only one threading for TOM7s, so that's pretty easy), and the new bridge has WAY more intonation travel than the old one. It also locks on to the posts like a TonePros, but is *way* better made than any TonePros I've seen. HipshotTOM.jpg
     
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    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    Very nice. I have an older LTD that needs this work done also, the bridge is starting to concave.

    Since this is so much lower profile, did you have to crank the posts way up?
     
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    The posts are a bit longer, and the profile isn't as low as it looks - it's not that much lower profile than the one it replaced, it just looks that way because the bridge body is significantly longer.
     
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    JD27 ESP Cult Member

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    These are great bridges. I’ve got one on my H-207 and I replaced the Gotoh on my Horizon 3. Easily the best designed TOM available.
     
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    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Looks great!
     
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    Ordacleaphobia Shameless Contrarian

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    Are you me? Story of my life, dude.
    Glad you dig it man. I swapped the bridge on one of my guitars to the normal hipshot fixed bridge about a year and a half ago and the difference was so huge it basically felt like a new guitar. I've got a laundry list of little improvements I've been meaning to get started but I just need to get off my ass and do it :lol:
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    Indeed. Breaking my wrist right after I got it didn't help, either. :lol:
     
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    IbanezDaemon Raptus regaliter

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    Nice job and well done for tackling it yourself.
     
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    possumkiller SS.org Regular

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    Looks like a well designed and built piece. I've sworn off TonePros. Ever since I tried a Faber ToM setup I'll never go back. There really is something to be said for using milled steel instead of cast zinc. The difference was so great I threw my TonePros set in the trash. Hipshot builds some great hardware as well.
     
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    setsuna7 Poor Gearwhore

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    @eaeolian sorry for the bump, will these drop in directly on existing Tone Pros bridges? Looking to replace the one on my ESP NT7.
    Thanks
     
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    LeviathanKiller Knee-shooting Archer

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    These are without a doubt the most comfortable TOM bridges I know of. They feel so much better than the ones I've used in the past that have sharp enough edges to make you bleed. lol
     
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    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    oh wow, that radiused top looks COMFY
     
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    BigViolin breakfast foods

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    Thanks for posting, I'd forgotten about these. Looks very well designed, comfy, and just cool.

    Wonder if these will fit in a flat top, recessed TOM route. Anyone know?
     
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    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    They're noticeably wider front to back so I'm guessing no.
     
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    I recently had a custom single hum build and used this bridge. The builder was very impressed with the quality and comfort of this product. It’s on a flat top strat style body.

    [​IMG]
     
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    That looks nice! I too was looking at an ABM, however the only reason I haven't bought one is the wait time for them to manufacture it. I was planning on putting it on my E-II Horizon NT-7B, but I am pretty sure that I am selling it anyway. So it wouldn't be worth the purchase and wait.

    Thanks for the post, I will keep the Hipshot one in mind if I decide to end up keeping the Horizon.

    Cole
     
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    couverdure No Gear Day

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    That bridge looks nice, but I'm more curious about that upside-side down bottom bobbin on that Seymour Duncan pickup.
     
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    It is. Much less "dig in" than the Gotoh that used to be on it, but I can mute just as well.
     
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    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    It's a Wolfetone rewind of a Duncan JB. His assembly guy wasn't paying attention, apparently. :lol:
     
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