90's Tele Saddle Question

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  1. GuitaristCPA

    GuitaristCPA TDPRI Member

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    Hey fellow Tele folks!

    So I recently acquired an early 90's american std tele - it's the first "older" tele I've had the pleasure of having. My newer teles, when I change the strings, the saddles (the six adjustable block saddle style) stay perfectly in place and dont move - so that's what I was use to.

    On my 90's tele however, when I remove the strings, the saddles (same style) are very loose and can move around. The screws are in place and are tight... When it's strung up it plays perfectly fine, intonated well, and bridge/saddles are perfectly stable....just when its unstrung they can be easily moved.

    Is this just the way these older Amer. Std bridges are, or do my saddles need replacing?

    Apologies if this is a dumb question...
     
  2. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I don’t think its normal, and not necessarily an issue as the guitar is a tension based instrument. Easy possible fix, replace the springs. You can get a set fairly cheap.

    Are the saddles/springs original?
     
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    toomuchfun Tele-Afflicted

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    Here is a shot of original saddles on my '88 Am Std.

    They can move but don't flop. Came w/ black springs shown.

    88-am-std-saddles.jpg
     
  5. matmosphere

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    Yeah, The springs are probably just worn out from years of being under tension. Replace them and all should be good.

    congratulations on the guitar. I can’t believe a guitar from the nineties is old now.
     
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    Sometimes stretching the springs a bit can give them second life.
     
  7. GuitaristCPA

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    Yeah the saddles appear original. After some further inspection it does appear that the springs are pretty shot - a whole new set of saddles and springs and screws cost about $12 from the fender parts listing, so I'll try those out. I wanted to get some opinions before I set out on it - always a good idea to learn first!

    Thanks everyone
     
  8. Clifton C

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    I wonder if they're the same springs used to push against a Strat vibrato arm.
     
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