Hey guys. First time poster here. I thought I would share my recent experience with the Player Series Telecaster bridge saddle issue because others might find this info useful. The several threads this forum has on the matter were very helpful to me. I purchased my Player Series Telecaster in August of 2018. As such, it came with the bent steel saddles. I was aware of the restring issue as soon as I got it (it was ordered online) but I wasn't bothered enough by it to do anything. What did annoy me was another issue I was having with the bent saddles. The height set screws would actually back themselves out as I played the guitar. I suppose the vibrations is what did it. This would obviously lower the string, which made it go flat. I had to constantly tune up the guitar while playing it. And by constant, I mean every few minutes all the strings were flat. Eventually, the strings would be so low that the guitar became unplayable to do "fretting out" issues. I would then have to raise all the saddle back up, only for them to lower again. This made the guitar very unplayable. I would Google for info every so often to see if it was a widespread problem. Sure enough, it was! Well, at least the restring issue was. I haven't seen any one else complain about the height screws working themselves out. Either way, since others were stating that Fender was replacing the saddles, and that Fender would ship the saddles directly to you, I decided to go through the warranty service. What took me so long to make this decision was my aversion to having other people service my things. You see, I'm a proud DIY'er. I take such satisfaction in doing things myself that I wouldn't want someone to rob me of that satisfaction. That, and I just don't like strangers touching my stuff. I guess it's a trust thing. Anyway, my first thought was just to get replacement saddles myself. Even before I knew this was a widespread and well known issue, I've thought about just replacing the bridge. But, the principle of it. I just spent $675 on this guitar, I shouldn't have to spend more money to make it playable. So without making this too much of a wall-o-text, I couldn't decide what to do. Fast forward to present, I decided to email Fender Customer Relations. I sent an email on January 21, 2019 and did not get a reply until the 29th. I was actually about to email them again because I was unsure if they even got my first one. I didn't even get a "we got your email" auto reply or similar. Once I got a reply though, all future replies were speedy (within 24 hours). To make a long story short, Fender will no longer send you the replacement saddles, you have to bring it to an authorized repair shop. I was told that, "early on we may have been sending out saddles before other issues arose. This is why at this time we require a consumer that may be having saddle issues get in to an authorized service center." I speculate that "other issues" is if the bridge is drilled out on the wrong spot, as people have said in other threads. I decided it wasn't worth my time or hassle to go through the warranty service. From a little guesswork, I was quite sure my bridge was located correctly. I decided to purchase a MIM Telecaster bridge off eBay, apparently from an authorized seller of Fender parts. My MIM bridge came in the mail, and I have successfully transplanted the saddles onto my Player Telecaster. I setup the string height to my liking, set the intonation, and it's playing perfect! $18 well spent, I just wished I did this months ago before I decided to let the principle get in the way. Now, I'm not suggesting to anyone to NOT go through the Fender warranty service. Rather, I'm just stating that Fender will not ship the saddles to you anymore. So if that's what you're hoping for, you're better off grabbing the MIM bridge off eBay. That is, if you're sure your bridge is located correctly. The only option Fender will give you is to take it to an authorized service center. Since I had both saddles out, I thought I would take a picture of them side by side for reference. You can see easily how the bent steel saddle covers the string ferrule. I have a MIM Strat, and the saddles seem to be identical. However, the screw is significantly longer on the Telecaster versus the Strat. I mean, just look at how long it is in the above picture. It has to be that long to get the intonation right. But it's WAY out there, which makes it kinda unstable. Anyway, just wanted to post this info in case it can help someone! edit: I forgot I had a picture showing where the string ferrules are located on my guitar. This will be helpful for anyone that might want to swap the saddles themselves. I was able to simply swap my bent steel saddles for the MIM block saddles, as seen in the above pic. So if your ferrules are located where mine are, I think it's safe to assume you can swap to the MIM saddles without any issue.