Babicz FCH 4 String Bridge - Black

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“With electric guitar and bass bridges, it’s all about tone…how to get more tone, more stability, more sustain & finer adjustments… without adding weight. This is really what Full Contact Hardware is all about.” – Jeff Babicz


Full Contact Hardware is an innovative electric guitar and bass saddle solution featuring the patented eCAM saddle system, designed by Jeff Babicz, that offers a dramatic improvement to sustain, tonal quality & performance. Full Contact Hardware technology results in increased dynamic range, better sustain and pitch stability as well as providing easy and accurate string height and intonation adjustments which, with the ability to fully “lock down” the bridge saddles, remain secure, even when removing the strings.

A direct replacement upgrade for Fender Precision or Jazz style bass bridges, the Babicz FCH-4 Bass Bridge mounts with the standard Fender 5 hole screw pattern and can be installed in minutes - in right or left handed configuration. The FCH-4 comes complete with all necessary screws and an adjustment wrench, with comprehensive, step-by-step installation instructions available in an online video presented by Jeff Babicz - simply click on the "Videos" tab above to view, or visit the FCH website.

Babicz FCH-4 Bridge Features

1. Five hole mount - direct upgrade for Fender basses

2. Single screw string height adjustment

3. Lock eCAM saddle - after string height adjstments

4. Lock saddle housing - after intonation adjustments

5. Lightweight extruded aluminium construction for improved acoustics

6. Gapless eCAM saddle technology

Jeff Babicz designed FCH with the intent of gaining the maximum amount of direct string coupling to the body of the instrument. The result is an extremely lightweight bridge that makes "full contact" between the vibrating string and the instrument's body and provides over 50 times more contact surface per saddle compared to conventional saddle designs.

With FCH, string height or "action" can be set with more far more precision than with traditional saddles. The eCAM saddle allows for instant action adjustments, without introducing space or air-gaps, ensuring complete contact between the saddle and the body of the guitar. The tiny, string height adjustment screws associated with traditional bridge systems are eliminated so that, with the Babicz FCH design, the saddle can never "sink" or "shift" while playing.

In addition, each eCAM saddle also includes a specially designed String Height Lock, which keeps your string height setting in place… even during extreme saddle vibrations over time. Similarly, precise intonation adjustments are also easily attained - and maintained, with the FCH Bass Bridge's unique Saddle Housing Lock feature.

Traditional Saddle

1. Traditional saddles rely on 2 very small contact points to couple the string to the instrument body.

2. A traditional saddle therefore has undesirable voids under the saddle, resulting in poor conductance of tone & sustain.

Babicz eCAM Saddle

1. The Babicz eCAM saddle offers 50 times more contact surface compared to a traditional saddle.

2. The Babicz eCAM saddle never shifts or introduces space below the saddle... even during string height adjustments.

Babicz FCH-4 Bass Bridge

String Height & Intonation Adjustment & Product Specifications

Adjusting the string action height


  1. Install the strings (A) and position them in the grooves (B) located in each eCAM saddle.
  2. With moderate tension applied to the strings, loosen set screw (F), then set the string height by turning screw (D) using the provided hex wrench (E) until the desired string position is achieved.
  3. Lock the eCAM Saddle by turning screw (F) using the provided hex wrench (E).

Adjusting the intonation


  1. Using a screwdriver (H) (not included), turn the fine intonation adjustment screw (G) until the desired saddle housing position is achieved.
  2. Lock the saddle housing in position by tightening the saddle housing lock screw (J) using the provided hex wrench (E).

Specifications (Dimensions in Inches)


Guitar & Bass Magazine Steve Cook | September 2013


RATING : 93% "With the FCH bridge, the sound was bigger & richer and we noticed more overall volume, both acoustically & amplified. If you care about the quality of your sound, you'd do well to look into one." 

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Jeff Berlin 


Considered by many to be the one of the finest electric bass players on the planet, Jeff's solos are amongst the greatest ever played on a bass guitar and his harmonic and melodic approach to playing are part of bass legend. Now using Babicz bridges exclusively, his signature model Cort bass RITHMIC Bass also features the FCH Bass Bridge as standard.

"Jeff Babicz re-invented the bass bridge and made it as necessary as my amp and my bass. I only play equipment if it sounds great... which is why the Babicz Bridge is on my bass"

Dave Swift Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra


Through his long-term gig with Jools Holland, Dave has laid down his immaculate, grooving bass lines for just about every major name in contemporary music.

"I'm extremely happy with Babicz bridges and my Fender basses have never sounded better! The qualities in a good bass bridge for me are accurate intonation, adjustability with a solid and reliable design. Also, I mute the strings with the edge of my hand at the bridge a great deal, so comfort is also important. There are no annoying sharp edges and aesthetically the bridges looks great too!"

Jesse Stern Los Angeles Based Session & Touring Bassist


Since 2011, Jesse Stern has equipped his Fender basses with Babicz FCH Bridges. In demand as a versatile and dynamic performer Jesse has toured and recorded with Sly Stone, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, teen pop sensations Hanson, Mario Reyes of the Gipsy Kings and alt.Rock stalwarts Weezer.

"The Babicz bass bridge is compatible with my Fender basses, and all the adjustments lock. Super solid, and it has a great tone. Keep up the good work!"

Joey Vera Armored Saint


Alongside full-time gigs for Armored Saint and progressive metal band Fates Warning, Joey keeps a busy schedule as independent producer & session bassist (including a 2004/05 touring stint replacing Frank Bello in Anthrax). He has equipped his entire stable of Fender basses with Babicz FCH Bridges...

“Super solid design mixed with quite a few options makes this bridge a force to be reckoned with! This thing is super stable with every adjusting element locking in place. It’s road worthy AND studio worthy.”

Pancho Tomaselli War • PHILM


Since 2003 Pancho Tomaselli has been holding down the low end with legendary Chicano funk band War and is also the bassist for new power trio supergroup PHILM - alongside guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (from prog metal band Civil Defiance) and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

"I love Babicz Full Contact Hardware because it gives me more of a 'piano-like' feel for my bass... it also gives me more tone and more mid-range frequency"

Rodney O'Quinn Pat Travers Band


The long time touring and recording bassist for The Pat Travers Band, is currently using his Tony Franklin Signature Precision Bass equipped with a Babicz Bridge. "I love what the FCH has done to My P-Bass!!"

Rodney's boss, blues rock legend PAT TRAVERS, also uses FCH on his Telecaster - with a nice line in deadpan humour... "Babicz Full Contact Hardware technology turns mediocrity into magnificence!"

Babicz Full Contact Hardware - Installation


Babicz Full Contact Hardware - Demo


Babicz Full Contact Hardware - eCam Saddle Technology


Average Rating (3 Reviews):  
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Amazing Service
Friday, 11 March 2016  | 

Many thanks for the speedy delivery!!!!

I think this is the fourth Babicz bridge I've received from you, all sent very quickly and amazing service... thank you... :o)

 

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Babicz FCH Bridge
Thursday, 6 February 2014  | 

Slightly concerned that the bridge and screws came in open plastic bags with no packaging or instructions but, despite what you read in forums, it was dead easy to fit... The supplied screws go straight in and are secure. Set up was easy following online instructions and the sound is very good (i.e. not coloured by the new part).

Would certainly recommend this bridge as a replacement on Fender basses.

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Due to the incredible popularity of Babicz product, we sometimes have to fulfill orders from our OEM stocks... hence the lack of packaging. But please be assured that you WILL receive the complete mounting kit and, as Michael points out, the installation instructions are in the form of a meticulous step-by-step, on-line video presented by Jeff Babicz, available on the Bass Centre website.


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Damn good bridge
Saturday, 19 May 2012  | 

So easy to set-up and my fender Jazz feels like a new instrument... a brilliant piece of hardware. I shall be definitely making another purchase here - Thank you, Bass Centre!

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