May 1st, 2012, 02:39 AM
Just bought a new MIM telecaster standard natural ash. my only problem is its not as beefy as i'd like it to be, sound wise.
so im wanting to upgrade the bridge along with pups.
Bridge: Fender '52 Vintage Chrome Bridge with 3 brass saddles
pickups: 51' nocasters
im more concerned about the bridge, should I try a different one? wilkinson bridge perhaps? or i've read that Highway 1 bridge plates are good for thickening up a sound.
May 1st, 2012, 03:10 AM
If it's any help to you I have a MIM Nashville Deluxe that been modifed into a Nocaster with CS Nocaster Pickups, a Vintage 3 Saddle Bridge w/brass saddles and a 4-way switch to add the B/N Pickup Series option. Do the mods. You'll love it.
May 1st, 2012, 03:31 AM
thanks bud, just looking for some people to give me the thumbs up, dont want to get into it and have me overlooked something.
hows the pickup series work? what kind of sound do you get from it.
May 1st, 2012, 09:51 AM
Chasing the sound you want is so much fun. Last year I bought a 2001 MIM Tele. Spent a few months changing strings (make/size), bridge/saddles (went to 3-saddle), and wore out the knobs on a SS amp and a newer tube amp looking for the right settings to get what I wanted. Nothing worked.
Replaced pups with Keystones. Nicer sound but still not what I wanted.
Built a 5E3 and plugged in - there it is!
May 1st, 2012, 10:38 AM
For the most bang for the buck, look at changing the pups first. Bridge changes are small tonal differences and VERY subjective as how much you gain.......or LOOSE.
>i've read that Highway 1 bridge plates are good for thickening up a sound.<
Oh boy, that's a good one, but like I said, don't go by the word on the street
The NC pups is a great choice, as well as about 20 other great pup sets out there.
Good luck !
May 1st, 2012, 10:57 AM
Wilkinson Bridge with compensated brass saddles is good.
"Rumpelstiltskin "Black Rope" for beef and twang:
May 1st, 2012, 02:13 PM
+1 for the 4-way switch.
The new pups I put in mine (Noiseless) made a difference, but the switch upgrade gave me a whole new sound to play around with. If you're shy about all the soldering you can get one pre-wired from Acme Guitar Works. I got the one with the dome shaped knobs to go with the 3-saddle bridge to complete the vintage look. Unfortunately, my playing ability is nowhere near the quality of my Telecaster, but (unfortunately for my family and neighbors) that doesn't stop me from trying!