Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:11 pm Post subject: Toronado Bridge on Duo sonic II?
I've got a duo sonic II and was just wondering if anyone knew if the toronado would work as a drop in replacement. I know 6 saddles aren't vintage correct, but I'm more concerned with not not having to drill new holes, and I can't get behind the prices people are trying to sell the originals for. Thanks.
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Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:24 pm Post subject:
Dunno if it helps, but I dropped a toronado bridge on a 90's MIM Duo and it was a great fit. Just had to drill through for the string ferules, but it fit great, made intonation easier and added some much needed string tension on the 22" neck. _________________
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The toronado bridge needs holes drilled through the body in a stock configuration. It would also need some spacers to raise the bridge to the proper height. You could dril extra holes in the back of the bridge like the stock Duo Sonic bridges had.
I have seen some nice deals on Duo Sonic bridges lately, as low as $35. That would be the easiest option.
I'm not sure I get the height difference you're talking about, the strat like saddles are that much shorter than the barrels? Looking at your picture, it looks like the bridge mounts to the body with the same 3 hole/ 4 hole spacing, I guess my biggest concern is whether or not they have the same footprint?
Everyone I have seen use the Tornado bridge had to put spacers under it because it sat too low. You will have to install and see for yourself.I believe the footprint is the same, but you will have to either drill holes in the body or drill holes into the bridge plate so the strings can be top loading like the original Duo Sonic II bridges. I believe someone on the forum was able to do this successfully.
There is also is a MusicMaster bridge that would work as well. From the Squier Vista Musicmasters.
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