Originally Posted by Tele Fan
The Nashville Telecaster's come with one of those from the factory and I had nothing but problems out of it. I think they just include it because it's a part of the history of the guitar.
I always imagined they did it, because they'd made scores of thousands of those bridges and no other demand for them ever appeared. They needed to dump them.
Maybe FMIC felt if the Nashville had had a really superb bridge, in stock form, it would have undercut the sales of too many much more profitable models. The same argument could be made for the otherwise very desirable MIM James Burton Standard (he's one of those guys who genuinely used this bridge type).