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Wilkinson Roller Bridge REVIEW

#1 User is offline   RaSTuS 

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 01:53 AM

Brand: Wilkinson

Product: Roller Bridge

Item #: 200380174638

Price: $20 - $25

Description: An extremely adjustable roller bridge using a top mounted saddle arrangement.

These pics show the two centre saddles adjusted fully inwards (cross over each other by approx 1mm) and outwards (yields a spead of 10-11mm).
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These two show the stepped base the saddles mount on.
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And the final results
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Installation: The first thing I noticed was the tight fit of the posts in their slots, this presented a problem, it gave no latitude for variance in the post spacing. Using a set of callipers I measured the all important post hole spacing, the guitar I was mounting it on had a hole spacing of 73.75mm, the bridge's spacing was 74.25mm, only half a millimeter (0.020") difference, but that was enough to stop a drop in install. I had to file the inner faces of the post mounting slots to get it to fit, not really a big deal though. This guitar was probably not the best candidate for this first impression review, the bridge was mounted about 3mm too long on the bass side, which made intonatoin nigh on impossible with the last bridge I used, the Wilkinson though gave the latitude to ba able to get the intonation spot on.

Intonation: Adjusting the intonation with these bridges offers a great deal of latitude, not only are the saddles adjustable (as per) but the whole bridge's position can be adjusted latterally using grub screws. Actually adjusting the saddles is a little haphazard, you have to loosen the locking screw then bump the saddle in the desired direction, there's no fine tuning, it relies totally on just how hard you bump it, this can be a little awkward initially,but you soon become used to it.

The old bridge with the bass side saddles at the end of their travel.
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Final Impressions: A terrific product that can be a little fiddly to install, but well worth the effort, a very solid bridge to post contact is afforded by the 4 grub screws, virtually locking the bridge to the posts, tremendous value for money.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:41 AM

Awesome thread......

Will this fit my Epi P3 Riviera ??? And my Epi Les Pauls when I Bigsby them ????
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:44 AM

View Postdamian, on 29 July 2011 - 02:41 AM, said:

Awesome thread......

Will this fit my Epi P3 Riviera ??? And my Epi Les Pauls when I Bigsby them ????

It should do Damian, the nominal bridge post spacing is 74mm, which is the same as far as I'm aware.

EDIT: This is the thread where I got the impetus to try one of these, seems several members have used them successfully and are generally very happy with the results. Thanks to Mike for starting it.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 04:58 AM

Thaks, Rob! Very helpful, to say the least! I personally have HEARD
or the Wilkinson Roller bridge, but only thru website pics. Never knew enough
about them to even begin to consider using one. NOW, you've sat down and told
me what having one is like, and THAT'S useful information!

Beats the heck out of 2 or 3 brief lines of commentary on a site that SELLS them.
And Bob's yer Uncle! [thumbup]

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 01:04 PM

Great review Rob. One of these things is definitely on my "Stuff to Get" list.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:27 PM

Rob, awesome review!
Nice pics and well explained.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:33 PM

Nice review, RaSTuS....but what really got my attention is that p'up ..... what is it??? I like!!!
I have a Wilkinson floating trem in my BMG, have been led to believe that there is a roller version of it, have been too lazy to research as the plain-jane one is working quite well as is. Guess I'ma gonna have to take a few minutes and do an official review of that guitar, albeit it's a non-Epi [scared]

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:47 PM

View PostRSDx, on 29 July 2011 - 02:33 PM, said:

what really got my attention is that p'up ..... what is it??? I like!!!

They are GFS pups, just tried to get a link but their site is down, they're described as "Wild Dog Oversized, Overwound RAUNCHY Humbucker", they are not standard humbucker size though, I already had a set of Kent Armstrong pups to go into this geet, but they wouldn't fit, these ones are longer and narrower than the standard size, they're the only ones I could find to fit. I even toyed with Gretsch style Retrons et al, but they're a different size again.
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