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3 saddles or 6?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by xglitterati, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. Super Locrian

    Super Locrian Tele-Meister

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    Just saw this - PRS has a 2 saddle bridge on their new S2 Vela model:

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  2. BritTwang

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    Here's a better picture of the bridge.

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  3. moosie

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    Has Paul been reading our posts?
     
  4. boris bubbanov

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    If Mr. Smith combined my basic 2 saddle architecture with Mr. Rutter's eccentric slots, it could really intonate nice. Otherwise, it is just fashionably close to intonated, IMO. :)
     
  5. Super Locrian

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    Well, intonation on an electric guitar is always a compromise. Even if the 12th fret is perfectly intonated, the rest of the fret locations will be slightly out of tune to varying degrees. Go ahead and intonate your guitar perfectly (at the 12th fret) with a strobe tuner, and then play a note on a different fret, still with the strobe tuner engaged. You will find that it is not perfectly in tune, and the same goes for most of the other fret locations as well.
     
  6. moosie

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    Resist the urge...
     
  7. TeleCustom2

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    I have a Callaham bridge on USA Custom Tele Custom and couldn't be happier. The guitar can do anything. Rock, blues, gospel, or jazz, it seems capable. I don't play country. It has sufficient twang but to me it will do what I need it to do. I've loaned it to a friend who is much better than I am for some performances and he brings out things I am incapable of doing. It makes me love it all the more knowing that deep down inside this guitar resides tones and sounds I will one day tap into.

    Its more than the bridge (although the bridge is very important) but in terms of playing and tone, it is the most enjoyable guitar I've ever had in my hands.
     
  8. jmclaren

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    Prefer compensated 3 saddle. If intonation is off, will switch to a six saddle bridge. Have used both in the past.
     
  9. boris bubbanov

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    Oh, absolutely.

    I'm referring more to getting pretty close to what the 6 saddle people brag about. I would say based on my experiments, the 2 barrel design will be inferior to a 3 barrel design UNLESS it has some eccentricity, either a cammed area, a faceted area, or eccentric slots (at least 2).
     
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  11. Super Locrian

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    Yes, that Makes sense.
     
  12. boris bubbanov

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    The other disadvantage with the 2 barrel design is the guys who use a wound G string. I hate to put them in a box, but there's no solution I know of if the G is wound. They need 3 saddles or said differently, every 2 barrel design I've done or seen, would be unsatisfactory for a player who prefers a wound G. That in a nutshell is the 2 barrel design's Achilles Heel.

    I know what it was like when I looked and looked and could never find a new affordable guitar with a truly fat neck. I know how being left out feels, not fun.
     
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