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Top loaders Vintage or Modern Bridges for Telecaster's

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by viccortes285, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. viccortes285

    viccortes285 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 14, 2017
    I was told years ago that threw the body gave you more Sustain, then I thought of my Gibsons Les Paul's they have top sustain and none go thru the body. So putting added angle on your strings in theory should break quicker.
    What are the advantages and Dislikes of Top loaders. ( Jimmy Page) Tele was a top loader.
  2. Daddy Hojo

    Daddy Hojo Friend of Leo's

    Feb 25, 2011
    I build my guitars with top loading tele bridges so I don't have to drill through the body. They sound great to me...
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  3. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 29, 2010
    I think that since I chose 'vintage' in your other thread, I'll choose 'modern' this time.
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  4. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    I prefer top loader -- none of that fiddly flipping the guitar over like a dead fish with the through holes.

    If you are concerned with sustain then check string length beyond nuts and saddles. A headless guitar vs a plinky mandolin where it seems like half the string length is beyond the bridge. Gibson headstocks with short E and e and long D and G while Fender has the long b and e or Hendrix had the long E and A. That string length acts as a spring and friction at the nut and saddles like a shock absorber system in a car -- for guitar you want that car bounce to last all the way through lunch. Break angle increases the frictional force, graphite reduces the friction, shorter strings beyond the nut/saddle decrease the 'spring' stretching and thus friction.

  5. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    I've had both top-load and string-through bridges on my Tele....everything else stayed the same. I can't tell a whit of difference between them.
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  6. HolyTele Tube

    HolyTele Tube TDPRI Member

    Jan 5, 2018
    Prosperity, Sc
    Having owned both I don’t thing there is very much difference in either tone or playability. Both will give a quality sound. I gravitate to string through because the guitar seems a little more finished when the string ends are tucked in the body.
  7. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Two consecutive threads about the same thing?
  8. Mr Scallywag

    Mr Scallywag Tele-Holic

    Apr 15, 2016
    Which one do you prefer?
  9. rooboo

    rooboo Tele-Meister

    Aug 18, 2017
    I don't know about tone. I can't tell any difference. But in feel top load is a bit slinkier. Makes the difference of maybe 0,5 in string gauge, nothing major but noticeable.
  10. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2009
    the differences are so miniscule that at this point, with modern electronics etc etc, either one is fine.

    the rest is a bunch of hype and guitar geekdom.
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  11. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    all your questions about this can be answered by simple trigonometry

    the felt difference will be very small

    one of the reasons for this is that, because the bridge point is fixed, the string pulls in two directions: it pulls on the headstock, and pulls on the back of the body (or the back of the bridge)

    those two pullings in opposite directions do not have a great effect on each other
  12. AndrewG

    AndrewG Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2007
    Exeter, England
    I owned a Japanese Rosewood Telecaster with a dual-purpose bridge, drilled for both top loading and string-through. Couldn't feel any difference whatsoever. Remember that a string has to reach a given tension according to the pitch required, so it will be exactly the same in both iterations. String length behind the nut and bridge is irrelevant and has no bearing on 'feel'. The things which do affect feel (not tension), are the basic setup essentials; action at both ends and neck relief.
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