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New Squire Bridge?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Nlongw, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Nlongw

    Nlongw TDPRI Member

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    Jun 27, 2014
    Abilene, tx
    So I have been playing and modding guitars for years now. I have the old Squire Affinity Telecaster that I would like to pull out again and start gigging with again. One of the problems with it is the bridge is pretty unstable. I would like to replace it, but the problems is 99.5% of the bridges you can find are string-through. I could re-drill a lot of holes for a new bridge, but that seems like a lot of work. If possible I would love a 3 saddle bridge. Does anyone know of any bridges for sale that aren't string through? Thanks so much
     

  2. hellopike

    hellopike Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2015
    Philadelphia
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  3. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 14, 2009
    Southern California
    I bought an Allparts nickel-plated bridge recently for my CV50, and while it's listed as string-thru, it has the holes for top-load as well. I bought this one:

    https://www.allparts.com/TB-0020-001-Nickel-Vintage-3-Saddle-Bridge-for-Telecaster_p_3533.html

    But they have brass saddles too:

    https://www.allparts.com/TB-5120-001-Nickel-Vintage-3-Saddle-Bridge-for-Telecaster_p_3547.html

    Very happy with the quality.



    Allparts Bridge.jpg

    BTW, I just remembered the Affinity is narrow string spacing, so these bridges (2 3/16") may not work well.
     
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  4. bender66

    bender66 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 18, 2010
    on my bike
    Aren't most string thru bridges also toploader? My Wilkinson ones are.
     
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  5. doof

    doof Tele-Holic


  6. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    In my experience that Sung Il Wilky is one of the few exceptions, being interchangeable like that.

    I would do the Bubba Mod and use a 9/16ths inches twist bit to make the holes in the plate. Then use the Fender Compensated saddles. I see a lot of Affinity Specials modded like this.
     
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  7. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    I have had a number of Affinity Teles over the years and if it is already a toploader and not a string thru , you can use a vintage style toploader three saddle bridge. You just need to drill a few more holes and live with a couple of screw holes showing just behind the bridge. Either that or fill them or put a couple of screws in to fill.

    The Affinities work well with the top load three saddles plus they make great Esquires in my experience . Don't forget that the original Esquires were often topload and some of them also had thinner bodies like the Affinities.

    I've got another bargain Affinity incoming, it's going to get the Esquire treatment I think ;-)
     

  8. vintage clubber

    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

    Apr 12, 2012
    Mechanicsville, VA
    Bubba mod!
     

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  9. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 14, 2009
    Southern California
    Meant 9/64th?
     
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  10. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    And while I'm still waiting for this one to arrive, I find a nice blue one in a local charity shop too!!
     

  11. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Yes, sorry! 9/64ths!! :^)

    I was trying to think of two things at once and I got my numbers crossed.

    I have begun redrilling the bodies on these guitars to 3/16ths inches. I was doing 11/64ths but some of these neck bolts really need 3/16ths so the screw does not impinge on the inside of the bore and reduce the clamping force downward - which is what holds the neck in place while not being so restrictive as to mean something has to break if the guitar falls and there's a headstock strike. I was thinking about this when I posted - thinking about 9/64ths AND 3/16ths.
     

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