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Tele bridge build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Tele-brewer, May 20, 2009.

  1. Tele-brewer

    Tele-brewer Tele-Meister

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    Hi there, gentlemen.

    I'm trying to make myself one of these beauties.
    These fabulous bridges were design by our colleague Mark-00255, whom I've asked for consent first.

    And my first attempt will be made mostly, if not exclusively, with hand tools.

    I've started with some scrap aluminum profile from a Scania truck radiator.

    There are still part of the aluminum fins attached to the profile.
     

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  2. Tele-brewer

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    After some scraping and filing I got to this:
     

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  3. Tele-brewer

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    I cut of one of the bent edges and filed the remaining edges to try to get'em straight .
     

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  4. Tele-brewer

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    I used some steel wool to polish the upper surface.
     

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  5. Tele-brewer

    Tele-brewer Tele-Meister

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    For this first attemp I used the original bridge from my 52 RI to mark the string through holes and then punched them.

    That's what I did so far.
     

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  6. guitarzan13

    guitarzan13 Friend of Leo's

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    Nice work...And Welcome to the Forum
     

  7. Mark-00255

    Mark-00255 Tele-Holic

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    Looks great! I like the three-saddle variation. With the string through holes close to the back plate, barrel saddles will work better than "modern" saddles.
     

  8. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 21, 2008
    Seattle
    I just made a few bridges out of steel electrical (RACO) box covers. I was pretty happy with the result. It's interesting how much more highend the steel bridge has over a thicker brass bridge.

    I wonder haw an aluminum bridge sounds? The saddles have a lot to do with that too.

    I was just happy to be able to build a bridge base for less than $1.
     

  9. Tele-brewer

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    You could check out mark-00255's video.
     

  10. SixShooter

    SixShooter Friend of Leo's

    Sep 20, 2008
    Cincinnati
    Cool. Could you share a photo?
     

  11. Tele-brewer

    Tele-brewer Tele-Meister

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    Yesterday I got to drill some holes into my bridge.

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    I'm actually satisfied with the alignment, considering that I've used a hand drill.
     
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  12. Tele-brewer

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    And some did some countersinking.
     

  13. Tele-brewer

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    Recently I managed to give the bridge a rough shape.

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  14. Tele-brewer

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    Cut it with a regular steel saw.
     

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  15. JasonRobert

    JasonRobert Tele-Holic

    make sure you use the correct file when you file aluminium. you need a coarse file that has deeply cut teeth, anything finer will get clogged up, and it is very difficult to get out... I usually rougly cut and file, and then finish off by using 80 - 100 - then 280 grit sandpaper instead of using a fine file.
     

  16. Tele-brewer

    Tele-brewer Tele-Meister

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    There still is some rounding and smoothing to do.

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    And I think I shouldn't have drilled the two bridge mounting holes yet.
    The pickup cavity shape on the right came out a little too steep and is too close to hole. I hope I can correct it.

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  17. Tele-brewer

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    Thaks for the advice, Jason, but I already learned that the hard way. ;)
    But it wasn't a problem. I bought a steel brush 'cause I thought this could happen.
     
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  18. yegbert

    yegbert Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 28, 2004
    Maryland (US)
    What matters is the position of the bottom lip of the bridge (the part through which the intonation screws pass) relative to where the string breakpoint on the saddles needs to be, for correct intonation.

    If you design a bridge for that lip to not be positioned any lower down on the body than that of a Fender vintage style bridge, then there won't be room for 6 block saddles.
     

  19. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice handwork. I admire people who do things the old fashioned way - by hand. Great job. Polish and show us how nice it looks.
     

  20. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Looks great. I don't know where I would find the radiator for a Swedish truck or bus in Louisiana, though! Scania's never made much headway here.

    I always assumed that Olymark (Mark 00255) designed his plate so that the Tele bridge pickup would be jockeyed around the plate, and that to a certain extent it is not necessary to have perfect vertical clearance on taking the bridge pup out past the mounted bridge plate.

    But no worries. You still have lots of excess material there, as compared to the G E Smith bridges, the Glendale half bridges or the Taipantone half bridges.

    Looking good!
     

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