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
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.