Because great guitars deserve this.



If you're lucky enough to own a Combo 400, 600, 800, 650, or 850, but you don't have the original bridge, you may have noticed that that it's almost impossible to get the strings positioned properly in relation to the neck and pickups using a newer bridge.

The necks and string spacing on these models were wider than on the newer guitars.  When Rickenbacker's product line was redesigned of in the late 50s, the neck was narrowed considerably and the saddle spacing on the bridges was adjusted accordingly. One of the effects of this was the loss of backwards compatibility; the new bridges weren't very usable on the older models.  This problem was exacerbated by the extremely small pole pieces used in many of these pickups.  One of the consequences of this was a noticeable loss in volume when strings were positioned or bent away from the pole pieces.

In order to address this problem we have reproduced the original bridge.  With wider spacing between the saddle centers, this bridge is built to position the strings with a more suitable spacing at the bridge.  With proper alignment and positioning of the saddle notches, this results in a much more usable and consistent sound, as the strings are positioned directly over the pole pieces.

This bridge is virtually indistinguishable from the stock bridge.  It is made to the same standards and appearance as the original and our other vintage bridges.  It has all the features of the originals: plain steel, phillips head screws, spacer washers, plain steel lock nuts, plain steel height screws, saddle screws that are "too long" for the frame - even the mismatched saddles that are all the same height.  It is doubtful that even a collector would notice the difference by looking at it - but almost everyone can hear the improvement.

For looks, quality, and accuracy: there is simply no other choice for your Rickenbacker.

The bridge. Wider string spacing, sharp corners, and no screw holes for a pickup cover.
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