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What's wrong with top-loaders?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Brodyyy, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Brodyyy

    Brodyyy Tele-Meister

    Apr 17, 2010
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    I'm picking up my frankentele on sunday. It's in my friend's shop getting the new neck ('60s RI) and pickups (Seymour Duncan Broadcaster in the bridge, American Standard neck p/u) installed.

    I bought this guitar used awhile back and I love it, and I will love it even more when it's finished!

    My question is this- why are so many people against top loading bridges???
    Post your thoughts!

  2. middy

    middy Friend of Leo's

    Apr 28, 2010
    Dallas, TX

  3. stinkey

    stinkey Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2010
    malmö sweden
    Second on that

  4. Brodyyy

    Brodyyy Tele-Meister

    Apr 17, 2010
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    That's what I figured :p

  5. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    Page made alot of people think his toploader Tele was a Les Paul cause it sounded so thick.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2010

  6. musicmatty

    musicmatty Former Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Top Loads are the Best kept secret in the Tele world..sshh ;)

  7. Esquire59

    Esquire59 Tele-Holic

    Sep 22, 2007
    The Netherlands
    What's wrong with top-loaders? Absolutely nothing!!

  8. rackham

    rackham Tele-Meister

    Nov 27, 2009
    South West UK
    More spang, less twang?

    That's genuinely a question incidentally.

  9. drf64

    drf64 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    Who here in a blinded test could tell the difference?

  10. j. hunter

    j. hunter TDPRI Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    They work for Jim Campilongo. What more needs to be said?

  11. Axe Slinger 7

    Axe Slinger 7 Tele-Meister

    Dec 31, 2009
    Peshtigo WI
    They are arguably a little bit of a pain to restring. Personally, I don't really think they are, and I tend to like the meatier sound I get from them. Or is it all in my head? I don't know. I do know that I think they are great and have three top load Teles in the collection so far.

  12. porknblue

    porknblue Tele-Holic

    Dec 27, 2007
    South Bend, IN
    My first Telecaster and my current (always) #1 is a 92 Standard with a toploader. Love it.

  13. Brodyyy

    Brodyyy Tele-Meister

    Apr 17, 2010
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    I never thought it was harder to re-string actually. I've been through a bunch of telecasters, and this one is "the one." It's also the first top-loading bridge I've tried out, aside from a Squier affinity or something.

  14. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    What they said!!! Got one on an airweight Esquire style and drilled a Glendale plate to top load on another Esquire I'm putting together.:D I like 'em!

  15. Lost_N_Austin

    Lost_N_Austin Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2004
    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    I read on a Snapple Cap that the Shhh sound in England means hurry up not shut up. It could be very confusing for some.

    I'm going to shut up and do it in a hurry.:D


  16. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

    Love my toploader here, have been since I bought it in '84... and no, they're not any harder to restring than other guitars, I had a wraparound bridge on an SG that was far more of a pain to restring than my telly...

    Nothing wrong with a top-loader, fer sure!

    Franc Robert

  17. chipbutty24

    chipbutty24 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 16, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I "converted" my 62RI to a TL bridge. Not sure why but it feels better to me. Likely all in my head but that doesn't make it any less real. We all only see things from our own perspective.

  18. AngelStrummer

    AngelStrummer Friend of Leo's

    Jun 26, 2007
    The Snapple Cap got it wrong. Trust me on this one.

  19. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire

    Because they're a heretical abomination, much like six-saddle bridges, humbuckers, non-black pickguards, and any colour but butterscotch blonde.

    Nothing. Not a single thing. Because after all:


  20. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member


    Top loader versus front loader?

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