After searching a few different options for replacement bridges, I settled on Hipshot. It was a direct replacement for my Fender Precision Bass and was a breeze to install. The adjustable spacing on the saddles allowed for the string spacing to be dialed in easily. Compared to the factory bridge of my MIM P Bass, the Hipshot seems to have improved the overall tone and sustain. It would be hard to think of another upgrade for your bass that would make such an improvement for the money spent, and anyone with basic knowledge of tools and instruments can install it themselves. I would recommend this bridge to anyone looking to upgrade their bass.
The Kickass bridge is exactly it's name same! Great quality, engineering and finish. I put it on a heavily modified Squire 20th anniversary. The neck needed a small shim as the bridge bottomed out before I could get the action I like (no big deal). The sustain is off the hook. Dynamic nuances are amazing. I'm a 42 year player so I have some experience with hardware. Dealing with Best Bass Gear....these guys are on top of it!. Thanks BBG!!!
A great tribute!
Very nice bridge. It does pay tribute to the bad ass. A bit disapointed by Hipshot in regards to the finesse of the design. This thing is huge (that’s what she said!!) and bulky on the instrument. However, the bridge has lots of flexibility, is easy to install and adjust, and does smooth the playing and enhance the tone. A great add on for the price!
It’s a great value and I”ve noticed a big difference in its sustain and it even seems to be a deeper tone (I had to adjust my Bass equilaizer off a bit). Moreover, I received and E-mail asking me if I wanted to still order this bridge even though it was not immediately ready for shipping. I asked how long the delay was and they responded w/ about 1 week. I ordered anyway. Sure enough it came about a week later. Thanks so much!
Needed a bridge with more adjustment for intonation. With the stock Musicmaster I could not get the E/A saddle back far enough to do so. It also was the two barrel style so you couldn't get both strings quite right and had to settle for a balance between the two. This new one is a breeze to set up. It also has the benefit of setting the string to string width. I'm happy. Quick delivery also. Would recommend this to anyone looking for an improvement.
Best bridge on the market
By David Fulton
I have installed these bridges on 4 seperate basses. Super sustain! Very well built and easy to adjust. Highly recommended...
They got the name right...KickAss!
By Dave Fulton
These are just ass-kickin' good bridges. Well made, heavy! Great tone and sustain. Never use anything else!!
Very intelligently designed and good sounding rethink of the Badass II!
By Alan Deremo
As a user of Badass II bridges since the 70's, I have lived with their flaws in order to get the sonic improvement that they produce on some Fender basses. The Kickass solves all the problems inherent in the Badass (cheap pot metal saddles, lack of side-to-side adjustability, limited height adjustment), and they added a bit more mass and lots of flexibility into the design. Two different lengths of intonating screws are included, as well as saddles of three different heights. Optional stainless steel saddles are available, and there is even the possibility of fabricating your own. The saddles lock solidly in place and are adjustable from side to side, so you can achieve the perfect string spacing. If you end up transferring the bridge to a different instrument, you can easily readjust the bridge as needed.
I installed the Kickass on my '74 Jazz, and it did a great job of taming dead spots and eliminating nasty overtones in the upper fret regions. Intonation is very precise, and the string tension feels perfect. I will be buying a couple more of these guys to replace the Badass II's on my other basses. Well done!
The first essential upgrade for your J-Bass
By Justin Martin
I have played a '70s reissue Jazz bass for about 4 years. My tuning is A/D/A/D (like a drop-tuned 5-string without the bottom string).
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.
Nice meaty bridge! Brass inserts sound great w/flatwounds on mim j. Sustain and tone for miles!!
Hipshot Kickass Bridge
By Marc Shapiro
This bridge is a better replacement than the Badass style. The string mounts are sturdy, and very adjustable. Height, width, and intonation adjustments are solid. I will install on other basses.
Good bass bridge choice
By John Tinsley
The bridge is very easy to line up and install. The base plate is perfectly flat and holds a grounding wire very well. Used it on a new build and it is very solid. Tone is excellent.
Great Bridge, Great Price
By Mike Provencher
I got this to put on my modded Squier Jazz bass. Night and day improvement in tone and sustain. Will buy more.
KickAss bridge kicks ass
I've been modding a sexy white Squier Classic Vibe 60s Jazz bass. (Let's call her Scarlett, shall we?) So far she's had Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder pups and new Hipshot tuners (with a D tuner key) fitted and she sounds a million bucks. I'm using her as my main gig bass ahead of my Fenders most times because she feels and sounds so good. The last piece of the upgrade was a bridge. I've got a Babicz Full Contact Hardware bridge on another bass and I love it, but I saw the Hipshot KickAss bridge on Best Bass Gear recently and loved its BadAss styling so I got one shipped over. I've just fitted it to Scarlett and taken it for a test drive and I'm really impressed. Before I plugged into my amp I could feel and hear the string resonance through the body acoustically. The bridge is a reasonably weighty chunk of hardware, and everything on it is fully and easily adjustable. I love the solid, smooth mechanism of the saddles. The swappable inserts are a brilliant idea. I've stuck with the brass inserts it came fitted with because the bass has plenty of edgy tops already with those ballsy Duncan pickups, but I've got a set of stainless ones as well in case I feel like going for a more aggressive tone. The string spacing mechanism on the KickAss is a great idea too - it's simple and efficient. Apparently the KickAss bridge is cast out of zinc and not machined out of a block of steel. So what? It's a really smart piece of tech. It does the job and it looks great. Scarlett is singing, so I'm happy!
This is truly a kick-ass bridge upgrade!
By S. Fiorenza
This is an easy and worthwhile alternative to the impossible to find BadAss bridges. I'm impressed with the quality, the ease of installation, and the ability to adjust the bridge height, intonation, and string spacing too. The gold finish looks good and doesn't feel cheap. I stayed with the stock brass bridge saddles that come standard with the bridge, and I'm satisfied with the tones they provide (I am using Slinky Flatwounds for an old-school sound), but if I need something brighter, I can easily add stainless steel saddles to change my tone. Get one of these bridges to upgrade your Fender-style bridges.