March 20th, 2012, 02:07 PM
I just put money down on a new mim telecaster. My other tele is a squier standard. I got the mim for the maple neck and the ability to use a vintage bridge if I decided to. I see that a lot of people recommend the basic fender plate and whatever compensated saddles that one chooses. I have also seen non-compensated saddles as well. Are the compensated saddles the best choice? Would there be any reason not to go with compensated saddles? I will either be using 9-42 or 10-46 for strings. I don't want to start a modern vs vintage thing, I was hoping for a little vintage bridge education.
March 20th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Compensated saddles are going to allow your Tele to play in tune up and down the neck, and if you're using a 3 saddle bridge they're really the way to go. You can get them relatively inexpensively (like $12 or so), or you can spend over $100.
You can get away without compensated saddles, but if your ear is good you'll notice that chords and double stops up the neck aren't quite in tune.
March 20th, 2012, 04:01 PM
Actually, the non-compensated ones are simply a round bronze rod, 8mm diameter if I'm not mistaken. this mean the minimum high of the string at the bridge will be 8mm - too high in my opinion. If you would like to save some money, you can compensate them your-self. all you need is a file and draw some inspiration from this pics:
March 22nd, 2012, 07:15 PM
My Fender Pat. Pend. vintage bridge with saddles, screws, etc., came with the vintage 3 brass barrel saddles, but the bottoms of each saddle is ground flat... in other words these saddles are not completely round rods.... And they can go lower than a round rod. I think, that I would just buy the compensated saddles, with the three screws that fit , rather than try to file down a regular set.. They are cheap. I'm sticking with my vintage ones for now. Maybe I'll try a set of the compensated ones some day..