The Number 1 Fender Telecaster Guitar authority in the world.
   

Go Back   Telecaster Guitar Forum > Main Telecaster Forum > Tele-Technical
Forgot Username/Password? Join Us!
Notices

Tele-Technical Telecaster nuts and bolts talk ONLY


Wilde Pickups by Bill & Becky Lawrence WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Amps, Mods, Pedals dallenpickups.com Warmoth.com seymourduncan.com


Forum Jump


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 17th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
shutterbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas
Age: 53
Posts: 104
Vintage bridge plates all about the same?

I have the Wilkinson bridge and compensated saddles on my MIM Standard.
I am happy with the sound of the bridge, but I sometimes think about replacing
the plate with a Fender pat pending plate. I also think about trying the vintage saddles. Has anyone done this switch or have any thoughts on this?

Thanks,

Steve

shutterbiker is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 17th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
Friend of Leo's
 
Rod Parsons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Winchester, Va.
Age: 66
Posts: 2,244
I put the Pat Pend bridge and saddles on my '91 American Standard and I like it. I had to take a tiny bit of wood out underneath the plate to do it, but I think the old style plate looks better, and the sound is a bit more full or brassy, seeing that the saddles are brass. A slight compromise had to be made in setting up tuning as is almost always the case, but not enough to make a difference to me.
Rod Parsons is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 17th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
Tele-Afflicted
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In The Basement
Age: 58
Posts: 1,807
Steve, I don't think you're going to notice much, if any, difference between the Wilkinson and Fender bridges and the compensated saddles on the Wilkinson will give you better intonation.
__________________
gkoelling on TGP
'56Teleman is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links   #
Sponsored posting
 

Old November 17th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
shutterbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas
Age: 53
Posts: 104
I'm sure you're right about the difference between the two bridges. The Wilkinson really is a good bridge.

Steve
shutterbiker is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 18th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
Tele-Afflicted
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In The Basement
Age: 58
Posts: 1,807
Wilkinson


Half Wilkinson


No complaints with either of them.
__________________
gkoelling on TGP
'56Teleman is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 18th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
shutterbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas
Age: 53
Posts: 104
'56Teleman,

Have you done any aging on the Wilkinson on the natural tele?
I guess I've been looking at a lot of reliced bridges lately. My
Wilkinson is super shiny and new looking, but so is my tele.

Steve
shutterbiker is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 19th, 2012, 10:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
Telefied
 
boris bubbanov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA + in the past
Posts: 33,914
Heck, all the Pat Pending plates are not even the same.

I buy batches of ten, and practice dropping them on a hard tabletop and listen for the way they ring out. They'll tend to fall into one of 3 categories. I use the clear ringers whole, cut the others down into half bridges.

The Wilkys are not my favorites; the first one I ordered, the chrome was bubbled around the Wilkinson imaging on the plate. I actually like that Stew Mac #0099 plate (with other saddles; I set the included ones aside) amongst the inexpensive non Fender ones.
boris bubbanov is online now   Reply With Quote

Old November 19th, 2012, 11:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Austin, Tx
Age: 56
Posts: 6,095
After mucking around with other plates, I'm back to
the original.
I find all the thicker, more "perfect" plates impart a metallic
brightness.
The original plate, and 3 brass compensated saddles do it all, for me.
brookdalebill is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 22nd, 2012, 07:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
Tele-Afflicted
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In The Basement
Age: 58
Posts: 1,807
Quote:
Originally Posted by shutterbiker View Post
'56Teleman,

Have you done any aging on the Wilkinson on the natural tele?
I guess I've been looking at a lot of reliced bridges lately. My
Wilkinson is super shiny and new looking, but so is my tele.

Steve
No, I haven't. Brass saddles tarnish quickly without any help and I'm guilty of not cleaning that one very often, plus it's never in a case...ever. It gets played too often to be put away.
__________________
gkoelling on TGP
'56Teleman is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 22nd, 2012, 09:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
shutterbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas
Age: 53
Posts: 104
Now that you mention it, mine are beginning to tarnish a bit. Mine's in the case when not being played (keeps my grandson from relicing it for me).
shutterbiker is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 22nd, 2012, 10:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
Friend of Leo's
 
sacizob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middlesex County, MA
Posts: 2,554
Quote:
Originally Posted by boris bubbanov View Post

I buy batches of ten, and practice dropping them on a hard tabletop and listen for the way they ring out. They'll tend to fall into one of 3 categories. I use the clear ringers whole, cut the others down into half bridges.
"Hey, that's exactly the same as I do"
__________________
Buddy Holly Lives!
sacizob is offline   Reply With Quote

Old November 30th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
shutterbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas
Age: 53
Posts: 104
Just wanted to update. I went ahead and purchased a Fender pat. pend plate. I got it from Arkasas Music Works (actually their ebay site-pitchperfectmusic). The plate looks great and was marked as made in usa. Anyway, I used the Wilkinson saddles on it. It sounds as good or better than the Wilkinson (which sounded fine, but I like the looks of the Fender plate better).
shutterbiker is offline   Reply With Quote

Old December 1st, 2012, 11:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
Doctor of Teleocity
 
Colt W. Knight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tucson, AZ
Age: 30
Posts: 18,898
I really like the fever bridge plate.
__________________
the now mandatory =====>
Colt W. Knight is offline   Reply With Quote

Old December 2nd, 2012, 05:10 AM   #14 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 3
If you're concerned about intonation over the three vintage saddles you should try using a set of strings that has a wound g. As well as generally sounding better, more focussed and longer lasting than a plain g; you don't have to have such a compromise when intonating that D and G string saddle, as the two strings behave in a more similar manner.
Suzi Uki is offline   Reply With Quote

Old December 2nd, 2012, 10:41 AM   #15 (permalink)
Friend of Leo's
 
SixShooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Cincinnati
Age: 47
Posts: 2,175
I really dislike the large Wilkenson logo on their plate. On the other hand I dislike the rough corners on the Fender Pat. Pending plate. On my last build I picked up either a Squier or MIM plate. No logo, smooth corners, nice chrome. It's steel and about the same gauge as as the Fender plate.
__________________
"Something entirely new in the electric Spanish guitar field..."
SixShooter is offline   Reply With Quote

Old December 2nd, 2012, 06:50 PM   #16 (permalink)
Friend of Leo's
 
SixShooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Cincinnati
Age: 47
Posts: 2,175
I think these are pretty nice for a vintage style plate:

Click image for larger version

Name:	Squier Bridge.jpg
Views:	29
Size:	24.6 KB
ID:	154488

Smooth corners compared to the Fender:

Click image for larger version

Name:	100_1260.jpg
Views:	29
Size:	24.8 KB
ID:	154489

Fender still adds the vintage style scratch marks on the side:

Click image for larger version

Name:	100_1261.jpg
Views:	26
Size:	31.5 KB
ID:	154490
__________________
"Something entirely new in the electric Spanish guitar field..."
SixShooter is offline   Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


» Random Photo for Guests
warlock

Untitled Document



 


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2



IMPORTANT:Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult! No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2
© TDPRI.COM 1999 - 2014 All rights reserved.