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If Fender sold this, they'd sell. I'd buy one, how 'bout you ?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Mike Eskimo, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    Detroit
    So besides the 50 (! :lol:) Campilongo Tele's they made that had them, Fender apparently made some CS '59 Telecasters/Esquires with - wait for it - top-loading (only) 3 saddle bridges.

    Just like the ones that came on 1959 Fenders for a short while.

    If they sold that bridge separately, how many do you think they'd sell ?

    Enough to justify whatever makeshift jig they'd have to cobble together to drill the holes ?

    Methinks - yes.

    So if any zone reps or Fender folks ever peruse this forum - I'd order two !
     
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  2. ccotton

    ccotton TDPRI Member

    Age:
    34
    84
    Jun 6, 2016
    Ohio
    i could see it being a money maker for them for sure.
     

  3. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Poster Extraordinaire

    ^ Shake it! (P. Greenbaum)
     

  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    While not 1959-authentic, what if they drilled them for either top loading or through body loading? It would be a no risk choice.
     
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  5. mgreene

    mgreene Tele-Meister

    252
    Jan 27, 2010
    south carolina
    I got a cheap bridge on ebay with the cut down sides that has the top loader holes in it.

    Been planning to try it but my guitar was apart for a while when I was waiting for a pickguardian pick guard.
     
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  6. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

    Jul 15, 2013
    Europa
    Those where cool .. 59 esquires with the toploader bridge and a strat neck pup. A bit too heavy relic'ed for my taste, but otherwise perfect. I wanted one but couldn't afford it at the time. As I remember they where available in burst, aztec gold, white or pink.
     
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  7. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    Yup.

    Sweet, vintage bridge goodness.

    I'd buy one.
     

  8. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    If I ever get a second tele, I would definitely be interested.
     

  9. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    A proper sized drill bit in a drill press, followed by 6 drill holes in the back lip, accomplishes the same result...very cheaply.
     
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  10. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 5, 2012
    South Louisiana
    I apologise for asking but why would I want one?
     

  11. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Instant 12-string, just add a new neck?
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
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  12. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    I'd buy a couple or three or so. I bought a Wilkinson cheapie on ebay and drilled a Glendale and a Fender all of which work and look great but I'd rather be able to buy one finished with the Fender logo and be done with it.

    Hate to be cliche but "If you have to ask, you'll never know."
     

  13. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    61
    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    I probably would not buy a top load only bridge, dual load maybe but I can already buy a Wilkinson dual load with 3 compensated saddles for $20...
     
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  14. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 5, 2012
    South Louisiana
    Groovy.
    Enjoy your secret tone enhancer.
     

  15. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 5, 2012
    South Louisiana
    Upon further review, sorry if that sounds snarky. To the op, no I don't want one.
    Gentlemen, proceed.
     

  16. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
    I don't want another guitar of any model or make right now, but if I wanted a tele, I would definitely be all for one that was only top loading.

    Well yeah, I did do that.
     

  17. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    Detroit
    Those are already out there. I'm trying to live like a civilized human.

    See above.

    Hey ! That sounds snar- Oh never mind. ;)



    For the record, I'm just talking about the bridge only - not any whole guitar.

    And - you know there's probably a bin or three of those somewhere at the CS collecting dust...o_O
     

  18. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    70
    Aug 8, 2007
    Norfolk UK
    Yup the Wilkingson bridge is just fine as a top loader . Fender bridges are cheap thin metal anyway .The Wilkingson is way better.
     

  19. Randypttt

    Randypttt Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    66
    Feb 8, 2010
    Elyria Oh
    I don't see the appeal. Some hidden magic there?
     

  20. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    261
    Dec 12, 2006
    Singapore
    In my mind, teles get a huge portion of their distinct sound from that string-thru-body approach. So... that’s a no from me!
     
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