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Hondo Pro II Bass Bridge

Hondo Pro II Replacement Bass Saddles

March 24, 2020 by Alex Storrie in Alex's Blog, Bass Gear

This customer’s (Tom) Hondo Pro II bass was interesting for a couple of reasons; the replacement parts it required were unusual and somewhat tricky to find, and the instrument itself had a mysterious history. (I’ll cover the bass guitar’s origin in a future post)

Tom needed some kind of solution for the Hondo’s bridge. The Pro II uses a Gibson-style, 3-Point bridge, famously used on Gibson’s EB basses. The saddles are very much like those on a guitar TOM or wraparound bridge but much larger. It was missing 3 of the 4 saddles but everything else was in good working condition needing just a bit of a clean. Considering that the Hondo Pro II fetches around £150-£200 mint, it made sense therefore to source a set of replacement saddles rather than an expensive bridge assembly.

Now, although they are not partly common, these tune-o-matic bridges are not restricted to a handful of makes or models. There are plenty of complete 3-Point replacement bridges on the market and so I assumed that individual parts would be fairly easy to find.

In fact, parts for these 3-point bridges are few and far between. The most suitable saddle sets I could find were from Allparts: BB-2075-001 Saddle Sets for Gibson Basses. At the time, this part was unavailable on both the UK and US sites. I assume then that it has now been discontinued.

Fortunately, the guys at Allparts UK were able to put together a set of 4 from loose singles.

 

 

 


About Alex Storrie

Owner and Director of BTN Music UK. A drummer running a guitar parts store.