The G&L® Saddle-Lock®
bridge is used on all many ASAT® models,
as well as the full range of G&L basses. This design was revolutionary
for a number of reasons. The most significant feature is a small
Allen screw on the side of the bridge, which presses all the saddles
together so they resonate as though they were one single mass.
This eliminates the loss of string vibration energy caused by
side-to-side saddle movement inherent in other designs. Further,
the strings no longer needed to be routed though the rear of the
body for optimum sustain as well as allowing the strings to enter
directly through the rear of the bridge. For G&L 5-string
basses, the Saddle-Lock bridge employs a string-through-body configuration.
Testing revealed that the increased break angle on the low B string
yielded a more focused sound when routed through the rear of the
The bottom side of the bridge has a large protrusion which fits into
a route in the body. The protrusion fits snugly against the end
grain of the body wood, allowing the highly resonant bridge to
transfer much more of the string vibration energy directly to
the core of the body, yielding much greater sustain than his earlier
fixed bridge design. Again, Leo's† innovative saddle design was
used to minimize string breakage.
† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For commercial enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.