Tele Bridge Six Saddles Positioning?

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  1. rigalsan

    rigalsan NEW MEMBER!

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm new to guitars and would appreciated some your input. Recently bought myself a 2013 Standard Tele MIM. I was cleaning the guitar and removed all the hardware. I realized that the Six individual saddles have a letter E, A, F, G, B, F. Do these saddles need to be arranged in a specific order? I want to get my intonation correct but couldn't find any info.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. LOSTVENTURE

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    Those saddles are, or should be, identical to each other. Just install them back on the guitar and set the intonation as required. Or find somebody that can do it for you.
    And, i have no idea what those letter designations represent.
     
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    The saddles will be of different heights to accommodate the radius of the neck. The outside saddles may have shorter height adjustment screws. Line the saddles up and make a even hump guessing which one was for the wound low e string (should be the second shortest one). Then reinstall them and check the string heights look right. Copy a pic of a similar bridge to get a base line before intonating it.
     
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  5. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Welcome, Rigalsan!

    You know, many saddles and other die cast parts (such as tuning machines) can have a "die' number on the underside or back of them. The workers see a newly minted part that is defective, they read the die number off of it and they can tell from that which die needs to be rehabbed or replaced. Is this possibly what you see?
     
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    these kind of saddles?... from my 09....

    this is the basic stagger to get intonation close when you put them all back in....:)

    '09 Tele Std bridge.jpg
     
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    Which: wound 3rd or plain 3rd?

    Saddle 'stagger' with plain 3rd:
    E X
    A.X
    D..X
    GX
    B.X
    E..X

    Saddle 'stagger' with wound 3rd:
    EX
    A.X
    D..X
    G
    ...X
    B.X
    E..X
     
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    Sometimes, certain saddles, the E A and G (or the E A and B, wound G) have shorter screws and/or shorter springs. This forum is chocked full of images of 6 saddle Teles, just eyeball from that.
     
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