It's not easy to capture the spirit of a former fan favorite while simultaneously creating a product that is exciting all on it's own...but that is exactly what Hipshot endeavored to with their new KickAss Bass Bridge. The saddle sets are a direct replacement for the Bad Ass 2 Style Bridge. The bridge comes with brass saddle inserts of 3 different heights. Stainless replacement saddle inserts are available for a punchier sound.
The KickAss features the following.
- Our unique saddle design features pre notched inserts (no filing required). These inserts allow you to easily adjust your string spacing from a narrow .687" (17.5mm) to a wide .800" (20mm) and anywhere in between!
- Comes standard with brass saddle inserts which emphasize the fundamental tone and give your bass a mellow sound. Extra Saddle inserts can be found here.
- The KickAss mounts on a typical 5 hole bass configuration and features recessed string ball holes for a sleeker, sexier look.
- Stainless steel saddle inserts are avaliable. Stainless Steel emphasizes the harmonic overtone series and gives your bass a brighter sound.
- Weight: 234 grams(8.25 ounces) without pointing screws or inserts.
The first essential upgrade for your J-Bass
By Justin Martin from on 1/11/2017
Generally I play hard rock and metal, so my needs for the instrument are not from the traditional sense. Generally play with a pick, and play direct 100% of the time (studio).
I want punch, clarity and sustain. The Squier is a great entry-level bass, but clearly the hardware has room for improvement.
I finally decided to upgrade the bass with the Hipshot Kickass bridge and a Graphtech slotted nut. From a recording/tracking standpoint the difference is unbelievable.
Notes are fuller, allowing you to focus less on how to pick/pluck the note to get to the next bar. With weaker pickups every bit of sustain can help.
When you look at the overall mass and construction of the bridge in comparison to the stock Fender bridge, you'll probably laugh. Lots of mass.
Setup, intonation and height/side adjustments are easy and straightforward.
Being honest, I threw-in the Audere JZ-Pro preamp into the bass at the same time of the install (which is a rather transparent preamp).
I feel that the bridge made a greater impact than the preamp did! No change to the stock pickups, so the A/B test was pretty fair.
Overall I really see no downside to using this bridge, especially given the price. If you want a brighter fundamental tone, you should purchase the stainless steel saddles right out the gate.
I don't think they're necessary but I also don't play slap bass.
Before you throw down thousands on a custom bass, consider buying a J-Bass (be it Fender or Warmoth) and get Hipshot hardware. You'll be amazed how far that alone will take your playing.