12 Saddle Guitar Bridge. Allows intonation adjustment for each string on 12 string guitar.Saddles are not grooved for strings.
Use with base plate #00829 and bridge cover #00826
Posted by P. Michael Fallara on 26th Jun 2017
The bridge was poorly made, but no different the the stock one I replaced.
I had to make the bridge work, again for that price it should have been ready to go. If you have a 12, you will need this bridge. It has made the world of difference in the way it sounds. And this was a real good place to get one at that price. I could not find a better price.
Again, if you have a 12 string, this bridge is a must. It will put your guitar in a whole new place . I almost got rid of mine because of the tuning issues. I should have done this the same day I bought it!
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Nov 2016
I was expecting all the bridge points to line up with each individual string. They don't! The high E strings rest on only one support, and the B strings do nearly the same. Others are so close to the crack between the supports, cutting a groove is difficult. Also, you have to cut the low E screw spring to allow it to be moved far enough aft. Expensive for what you get!
Posted by Andy on 10th Sep 2015
This thing should have been standard fitment on any 12 string instrument they made since production began in 1964, given that a 360-12 back then cost north of $870, which was one hell of a lot of money for a guitar for those times... twice that and you could buy a new car!
Additionally those who purchase this device should be aware that the saddles are not notched and it requires a keen eye and steady hand with a sharp jeweler's file to properly space and seat each string. The time invested in being careful during setup and installation will reward you with an amazing sound.
Posted by Arthur Zatarain on 8th Dec 2014
The general design of the 12 saddle bridge is just what's needed to fix the Ric 360-12 intonation problem. I think the 12 saddle model should be standard equipment on all Ric 12s--the extra cost to make it is immaterial to the overall cost of the guitar. The zealots who think the 6 string bridge favorably contributes to the guitar's sound (and charm) can simply mis-adjust the 12 string bridge to get the out-of-tune sound they seem to like so much.
Unfortunately, the 12 saddle bridge falls just a bit short in terms of usability. A few minor fabrication changes would make it much easier to adjust. The 12 saddles can indeed be properly adjusted, but it's not as easy as it should be. The tight fit of the saddles, and the poor design of the adjustment screws, turns a simple procedure into a frustrating challenge.
As with some similar screw-adjust bridges, the screws cannot easily move the saddle forward to shorten the string. The counter-clockwise turning screw should push the threaded saddle toward the neck. But instead, the screw tends to back out of the stationary saddle, thereby moving the screw toward the tailpiece. Instead of making an adjustment, the saddle simply stays put.
The original bridge on my 1968 Ric 360 six string had lock nuts on the forward side of the screws. These nuts, combined with oversized holes in the bridge, force the screw to stay in place when turned. Newer Ric bridges don’t have the locking nuts, nor does the 12 saddle version.
One "trick" for a bridge with unlocked screws is to intonate by moving the saddle only toward the tailpiece. Do this by first overcompensating toward the neck with no string on the saddle. Make sure the screw head flat against the back of the bridge. Then, the clockwise-turning screw can pull the saddle toward the tailpiece.
But that trick doesn't work well with the Ric 12 saddle saddle because the end of the screws (toward the neck) fit into small, plated holes on the front side of the bridge. I haven't disassembled the bridge (yet), but it feels as if screw threads go all the way to the end of the screw. (Other bridges have the threads ground off the final 1/16th inch). The Ric 12 threads bite into the small hole and form a crude "nut" that keeps the screw from rotating clockwise.
So to make adjustments, the string has to first be pulled away from the saddle, then pliers used to hold the saddle while turning the screw to the achieve the approximate final destination. Unlike a similar 6 saddle bridge, the 12 saddles but against each other and resist movement. So the saddles are very difficult to move because of the tight spacing and screws biting into the small holes.
The bridge adjustment procedure takes lots of trial and error, and lots of sharp tools under stress just above the beautiful Ric finish. I taped cardboard around the area to prevent damage, and was very glad that I did when the pliers slipped with substantial force.
In my opinion, installing the 12 saddle bridge was definitely worth the cost and trouble. I've gotten all but the low E string pair in perfect intonation, and am very pleased with the result. If the lack of intonation bothers you (as it should), then this is an inexpensive way to get your Ric tuned the way it should have been when it left the factory.
Posted by Mark on 22nd Sep 2014
I decided to get this 12 saddle bridge before I put my new pick of the rick Curt Mangan strings. It was easy to replace the original bridge.I loosened the strings a bit, removed the height adjustment screws and slid it on a cloth behind the bridge plate. Then slipped and installed the 12 saddle bride in place. I then tuned the guitar a bit more than usual to make enough markings to cut saddles in correct place to intonate.
With these new strings and bridge has made a major sound improvement.
Posted by White Fred on 13th Sep 2014
I am pleased to report an alternative to dealing with Rickenbacker direct. This 00821 is as good a saddle as one is likely to readily find out of the box for a Ric 12. My Tech installed, grooved and smoothed down the sharp edges to accommodate comfortable palm muting, as I don't use the bridge cover. The 00821 saddle is absolutely necessary if you desire accurate intonation. The stock 6 position base plate fits this saddle A-OK. POTR provides excellent service and turnaround time, mine arrived in 4 days with free shipping. I hear a lot of chatter regarding what strings to use? Thomastick etc. My Tech installed a set of spendy Pyramid Gold Flat Wounds. I purchased them from an on-line source out of N.J. U.S.A. They are of fine quality and I have no issues with these strings, but it's early yet. I am curious to see how long they last with routine care. Want the 60's Chime? I recommend you get Flats in the brand of your choice. Have a Pro do the set up and saddle filing. I am fortunate to have a Black Forest Wizard nearby. Stiff-Tuners? Take a closer look at Rickenbacker’s poor design and lack of true craftsmanship. Looks like a plug, re-drill, shaved down grommets and re-install maybe in my 360/12's future?
Posted by Jonathan B. Rico on 4th Oct 2012
If you are looking for a way to intonate each string on your 12-string Rickenbacker, then this is a must-have. Stock Rickenbacker 12-string guitars come only with a 6-saddle bridge and the handicap of this is that you can't intonate each individual string for optimum musical functionality. This product solves all those intonation woes. Made of sturdy metal with a chrome finish, this product's craftmanship is grade A-1. The Rick 12-saddle bridge would add up an essential functionality to your Rick 12 string guitar aside from accentuating the usual aesthetics one would expect from a Rickenbacker product. Buy this from Pick of the Ricks along with the Rickenbacker guitar bridge plate and guitar bridge cover to complete the set.
Posted by Mark Arnquist on 4th Jan 2011
this is the ONLY available bridge that fits these guitars. It does not come pre notched , and with some work can be final machined to look like a PRO item.
This is a MUST for those players who WANT to be in tune with themselves.
I install them on nearly EVER Rick 12 mod I perform.
All prices are in USD