I installed a wilkinson roller bridge on my Jazzmaster yesterday and I haven’t been able to put it down since.
the tune-o-matic bridge it came with was cheap (its a squier so they have to cut corners somewhere) and was giving me tuning issues whenever I used the trem. Also, the saddles on the bridge were poorly machined and I was getting a terrible buzz from the saddle under my d string.
The Wilkinson Roller Bridge was super easy to install and set up as it came with replacement studs that fit the thread pattern of the originals and easy access locking allen nuts for each saddle as well as the posts.. Intonation is perfect all the way up the neck and the trem is smoother than I could have ever imagined. If you own a Jazzmaster with a tune-o-matic style bridge, I highly recommend dropping one of these in your guitar. They are fantastic and cheap at only about 24 bucks.
Gibson P-90 and Gibson Dirty Finger pickup in the neck and bridge positions
Tune-O-Matic bride with vibrola tailpiece
Grover™ tuners with 14:1 tuning ration
I often talk about how disappointing it is that large guitar corporations like Fender and Gibson have essentially given up on innovation and instead are focusing on throwing together different pieces of existing guitars and calling it a new model (see the Fender pawnshop series as an example of this).
However, this new showing from Gibson is a pleasant surprise. While I personally think its quite ugly, I do appreciate the fact that its not just following Gibson’s usual formula of making a new reissue of a les paul with nothing changed except a higher price tag. I like the combination of a Hot humbucker in the bridge with a vintage output P90 in the neck (the same pickup combination on the only signature model I’d actually consider buying from Gibson) and the fact that its a full hollow body is interesting (and actually a little surprising considering the high output pickups).
While I wouldn’t consider this guitar a huge success for Gibson, its definitely a step in the right direction.
Cant speak highly enough of these guitars. They sound so damn good, and they are an unbelievable value. The satin neck is fantastic (mine even has some figure to it). and the build quality blows the Mexican fender stuff out of the water.