August 8th, 2003, 08:42 PM
I've got an "NO" MIJ Squire tele, top loader.
4 screw mounting. 6 saddles.
I want a top loading 3 saddle bridge, anybody make one with 4 screw mounting? If not, what are my options?
August 8th, 2003, 11:43 PM
There are a bunch of 4-hole, top-loading, 3-saddle bridges on eBay right now for about $15. They're likely off of Johnson and Axl tele copies.
I don't know how good the saddles are, but you could always buy a set of Fender brass saddles from Musician's Friend for $14 and and have a good $30 bridge....
I just paid $29 for a set of threaded saddles at Angela's, so $30 for the whole thing is not sounding too bad to me.
August 9th, 2003, 07:13 AM
Your other option is to dowel the holes and drill new ones for the bridge you really want. Get a very thin hardwood dowel. Cut lengths corresponding to the depth that the old screws went (maybe an 1/8" less). You will probably need to enlarge the screw holes slightly. A hand drill is fine for this. If you want to be extra careful mark the depth you want to go with a piece of masking tape. Use carpenters wood glue and push the dowels in. If any dowel sticks out let the glue cure for a day and sand flat. Carefully position the new bridge and mark the new holes. You can drill the holes with a hand drill.