September 26th, 2010, 10:52 AM
This bridge is from my 1967 telecaster. I was looking through Duchossoir (p. 70) and this particular combination of features seems odd to me: brass saddles with a groove for each string, "Fender Pat. Pend." parallel to the bottom edge with no patent number, 3 slotted screws around the pickup while the 4 screws under the saddles (not seen in photo) are philips head. What do you think? All opinions welcomed.
September 26th, 2010, 11:11 AM
Everything about the bridge seems suspect!
The plate should have the actual patent numbers on it, and not "PAT PEND". Slotted screws were phased out starting in 1952. The saddles should be the threaded steel type.
Are the pole pieces flat or staggered?
It's certainly a puzzle.
September 26th, 2010, 11:41 AM
Definitely a Frankenstein... pup looks far too clean to be original, and as mentioned be Kevin above, the wrong saddles are in there... that pup looks to be some sort of Broadcaster-style, with flat pole pieces. The bridge plate itself might be a mid 50's, due to no serial #, and I'd bet the saddles would probably date from the same era... assuming both were original. The screws look like they came from ACE hardware...
bassame, how long have you had this guitar? Do you know it's provenance, or it's previous owner(s)? Pretty interesting, no matter the end result...
September 26th, 2010, 11:45 AM
The pole pieces are flat, not staggered. I have had the guitar about a year, with no prior history (pawn shop).