Hipshot Bridge fitted to Epiphone EB-0

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  1. markyted

    markyted New Member

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    Hi All, Just fitted a Hipshot Supertone to my Epiphone EB-0 so thought I’d do a few lines of review.
    Very easy to fit, the bridge is supplied with two sets of bolts with different size threads. The EB-0 required the larger, “chunkier” thread, fitted in moments.
    I also took the opportunity to clean and condition the fretboard. Strings re-fitted with no problems, if you only have one wind around the peg, you may have to replace the strings as the Hipshot requires more string between ball-end and saddle.
    I have every string set as low as possible, I’d still prefer the action to be lower, but bridges to facilitate this aren’t out there.
    In my opinion, this upgrade is worth doing. The main advantage is I can now set the intonation accurately. The factory fit is millimetres out, so it’s not possible with standard-gauge strings. In addition, the increased distance to saddle from ball-end means no more cloth winding over the saddle on the E. Additional plus points include louder acoustically and sounds slightly more punchy-clearer amplified.
    Not a cheap upgrade, but accurate tuning, intonation and slightly lower action worth it for me

    Any other mods/suggestions welcome, particularly interested in Gotoh Mudbucker option. Regards!
     

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  2. Trey LePark

    Trey LePark New Member

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    I've always wanted a EBO but Gibson wants too much for theirs and I think the quality of the Epi is questionable. Maybe at some point Gibson will decide to produce a higher quality Epi?
     
  3. markyted

    markyted New Member

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    Ahoy! I am extremely pleased with my EB-0, it’s a 2019 Indonesian. The neck, which has a rosewood fingerboard is very well finished, the body and neck are mahogany. For around £185 new, it’s worth a go. I keep mine handy for working pieces out, as it’s light, small and convenient. All the best.
     
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  4. Az4stringer

    Az4stringer New Member

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    I have an Epiphone EB-3 I purchased a couple of months ago. I could not get the action set as low as I like with the stock 3-point bridge so I replaced it with the Hipshot SuperTone. It is a little expensive but well worth it. The Hipshot SuperTone sits directly on the guitar body unlike the 3-point bridge. I can now set the action to my preference and correctly set the intonation. Not sure if it changed the tone much but just being able to set the action and intonation makes this change worth it. Oh, and not have to worry about the bridge inserts pulling out which I have read is a common issue with the stock 3-point bridge.

    Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of the Epiphone, finish looks fantastic, neck in great shape. A great deal for just under $399. The only issue I had was the 7th and 14th frets were high causing a lot of buzzing unless the action was set super high. I had my local luthier do a fret level and dressing and setup. Charged me only $75. The bass plays as smooth as butter now.
     
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  5. Bubbalou88

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    I ordered an Epiphone EB-3 from Sweetwater.com and they are due to come in around October 1st. The Hipshot SuperTone will surely be one of my first investments. I would like to ask when you pluck the strings with your fingers do they seem to slap against the pickup? I was watching a guy do a review video and every time he plucked a string it sounded like it was slapping pickup cover or something. I am hoping he just plucked hard and not an issue with the bass. His video drove me crazy. How does someone put a video on Youtube for everyone to watch and thinks that sounds good?
     

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