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genius Tele saddle concept...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Lacking Talent, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Tele-Meister

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    Oct 22, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA

  2. slinger

    slinger Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2013
    wild west

  3. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 15, 2010
    Texas

  4. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Tele-Afflicted

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    Feb 26, 2017
    Manchester UK
    People moan enough about 3 saddles: I think this is a step back

    Staggered set bridges have their place on an R4 or acoustic, but I don't see the need here - but will try it with an open mind if anyone wants to gift me one
     
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  5. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Not particularly tempted I prefer to adjust tele saddles individually on vintage radius. But I love wraparound bridge on Les pauls so keen to hear experiences.
     
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  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  7. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK

  8. Lonn

    Lonn Tele-Afflicted

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    Dec 13, 2007
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    Interesting. My Baja has a 9.5 inch radius. I like weird stuff.
     

  9. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan

  10. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    Yorkshire
    My old archtop has a similar saddle. Pretty darned useless.
     
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  11. sdd28772

    sdd28772 Tele-Meister

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    How do you adjust the A D G B intonation?
     

  12. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    It looks like it has the limitations of an acoustic guitar saddle.... I think the best configuration for a telecaster is the modern 6-saddle design, but I prefer the 3-saddle design simply for its appearance which I realize is stupid but I'm weird about that.
     

  13. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA

  14. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Meister

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    Feb 11, 2013
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    Well, it is Brass. PRS has a two piece angled config. If it matches your guitar it should be trouble free, set and forget. Having all that down pressure could be good, if it doesn't bow. Yin and yang. Eye of the beholder.
     
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  15. JackL

    JackL TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Oct 17, 2004
    Monroeville, PA
    The only way I can see this working is if you could fine tune at the nut!
     

  16. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
    I've thought about doing this same design a few times and abandoned it just as many because of this issue of adjustability. The Thorn bridge looks nicely made.

    PRS put this bridge on the S2 Vela models. The string ball end pockets are clever so you don't need to fish a wire through the body nor scratch the finish threading the back flange.

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  17. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

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    Nov 12, 2014
    Watford, UK
    That looks so wrong.
     
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  18. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Holic

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    Jul 31, 2014
    Alberta Canada
    This is what works for me... tried and true:
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  19. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    May 11, 2011
    North of Boston
    Kind of like a Compton Compensated bridge. I have them on my Gretches and have no intonation issues. I like simple bridges with minimal moving parts. Screws, springs, small saddle pieces all offer opportunity to hurt sustain and tone. That said I am not sure there is empirical evidence to what I just said! Let's leave it at the fact that I love simplicity. I'd try it. Wonder if it comes in different materials?
     
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  20. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    I made a one piece compensated saddle like that for a Tele based travel guitar with a sort of Steinberger sized body. I actually made a tailpiece for that travel guitar with the same ball end hole/ slots as the PRS bridge @jvin248 posted, and this would have been in maybe 1988.
    As @beagle said, it's like an archtop compensated saddle, except that this is three and three, where an archtop would (more commonly) have a two and four comp for a wound third.

    I would call this one a novelty item based on a very old idea.
    (with the added marketing idea: "increases sustain!!")
    Even if the seller offers it in 7.25, 9.5, 12 radius' it will still leave you with unsatisfactory action on one or two strings if the frets have been dressed or you like your action different from what the manufacturer guesses you want.
    IMO it's just plain dumb to eliminate the board radius adjustment, forcing the owner or tech to file down the pretty piece or live with a mediocre setup.

    Since the Mastery two saddle bridge with it's "worse" limitations than the Tele three saddle, and being put on Jazzmasters so happily, it was only a matter of time before a one saddle hit the market.
     
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