Advise on a new Bridge for my Nashville Telecaster

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  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Holic

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    I have a few questions about buying a new bridge for my 2015 Nashville Tele.


    1) Would you go with a 3 or 6 saddle bridge?

    2) If 6, which Brand?

    3) I have 3 extra Callaham Enhanced Vintage Compensated Saddles that I can use, so if I do, would you use a Callaham or Fender bridge plate with them? The reason I ask is because I have the Callaham Saddles (steel on the E & A strings, brass on the rest) on my Road Worn as well, and I used the Road Worn's Fender bridge plate, and it sounds fine, but as a lot of us (ME :) ) have never learned to leave well enough alone, I have to ask :)
     
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  2. MarkA

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    I really like the gotoh tele bridge, especially the premium dual load one where you can load strings through the body or through the rear, not sure why but I like to load my high strings through the back of the bridge and lower strings through the body... makes my e and b strings feel slinkier for lack of a better word. I also like their included 3 barrel compensated saddles, no intonation issues at all. The titanium saddles are for me, I like the tone and they should never burr or wear.
     
  3. WingedWords

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    Assuming they fit, have you tried the Callaham saddles on the existing bridge*? I bought the Callaham bridge and saddles and though I like the saddles well enough I'm not really convinced it was worth the expense.

    I have a possibly sentimental attachment to the belief that Leo's bridge design and specified metal gauge possibly contributes to the tone. Well maybe.

    I like these Gotoh "In Tune" compensated saddles:
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    And using a standard Fender bridge plate enables me to use a proper bridge cover ☺☺☺

    *Edit - Sorry I should have checked but it looks like the Nashville Tele has a 6 saddle bridge? In which case I'd go with a Fender or another budget bridge plate with the Callaham saddles as first option.
     
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  4. Chipss36

    Chipss36 Tele-Meister

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    Callaham Are pretty, but a few just don’t like how they sound.
    They can sound bright.

    I just use fender, as it has the serial number of the guitar on it, and Rutters brass compensated saddles.

    it works for me, not sure if it’s the best though.
     
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  6. Digiplay

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    So no one likes ANY six saddle bridge? :)
     
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    I like them. Got several - on a Strat, a Les Paul and 2 Jazzmasters☺️☺️
     
  8. Digiplay

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    Which Brand WingedWords?
     
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    All stock except a Staytrem on one Jazzmaster.
     
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    I have several 6 saddle and several 3 saddle, I prefer the 3 saddle for the most part and although once in a while I will change an existing bridge I like to keep on what came with the guitar. It is part of what spoke to me in the first place.
     
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