2015 American Elite Tele, bridge popped out while restringing.

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  1. photodude

    photodude TDPRI Member

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    Sorry, if this is a silly question. But I just switched axes a couple days ago (Performer to Elite). I was restringing today, the bridge fell out and onto the floor, after I removed all the strings. There's nothing securing the bridge, just the metal lip that goes into the body.

    Am I missing something here? Shouldn't the bridge be secured better than this? This is something new for me.

    The pic attached is what bridge I have, I didn't take one after it fell out.

    Thanks.

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  2. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Being very ignorant, I ask is that the stock bridge?
     
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    It appears to be, but I can't say 100%, I purchased from GC. Just did a Google search, sure looks stock.
     
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    I found some photos, I think it is.
     
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    They hang on the edge
     
  6. photodude

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    Wow! It's probably best to restring one at a time moving forward.

    Thank you
     
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    Yeah, I did a quick search. Seems odd, it is what it is.

    Thanks!
     
  8. John C

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    Yep - it just hangs in the hole in the top of the guitar; it's held on by the strings. I suppose that's why it only existed on the American Elite Thinline.

    Technically it's a 2016 model - Fender didn't introduce them until the NAMM show in 2016; plus Fender overlaps the serial number year with the calendar year so that serial numbers appear to "change over" about March-ish each year.
     
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  9. El Tele Lobo

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    That is the way it's designed. Supposed to improve vibration transfer or something.
     
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    Thank you guys! Yes, my serial number is noted as 2015, good info to know.
     
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    As 2016 was the first year for the American Elites Fender most likely stopped producing American Deluxes circa September/October 2015 and started producing the first American Elites so they had them at dealers and in their warehouse to be available on the day they were "officially" released at the NAMM Show in mid-January. I recall that some dealers started putting them up on their websites in December 2015 and had to pull them down until Fender gave them the go-ahead in January 2016.

    So even though it's entirely likely that your Tele has 2015 body and neck dates it would still be called a 2016 model because you couldn't buy one until January 2016.
     
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    Thats an odd setup. Hard to tell what’s going on there. The strings don’t go through the body then?
     
  13. photodude

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    Thank you for this sir!
     
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    No, they're going through the rear of the bridge. It's odd, but seems to work okay, and great tone.
     
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    This is pretty interesting!
    I had no idea fender made those bridges like this
     
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    If anyone is interested how it works I found this picture on a thread from 2017

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    What the Funk & Wagnalls is that? :confused:
     
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  18. Jerry_Mountains

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    Well that's an odd bridge design, I admit, I haven't see it before.
     
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    746EBB00-359B-4618-AD52-D70EAA2E1F64.jpeg C35E2033-428F-41DE-B1AC-0A268FE8AB62.jpeg 34A9CF4C-6072-46C3-9960-1021C1DCB27C.jpeg I have one, also.
    This one.
    I haven’t had it long, and I’ve only restrung it once.
    I did it “one at a time” so I had no problem, other than a truss rod adjustment.
    I’m putting a Hipshot on it soon.
    Anyways, though it’s a somewhat odd design, it seems to work perfectly.
     
  20. John C

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    This bridge design seems to be something of a "mule" - used basically on the one model and then retired when the model was discontinued. It was only on the American Elite Thinline Tele and on a one-year limited edition version of it that had a neck humbucker pickup.

    There was an American Deluxe Thinline Tele from 2013-2015, but it had the normal American Deluxe Tele bridge. For now they don't have a Thinline version of the American Ultra Tele, but I would imagine if they do ever bring one out it would have the standard American Ultra bridge.
     
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