Anyone know who made this old brass bridge?

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  1. low_fidelity2100

    low_fidelity2100 TDPRI Member

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    This was on a 79 Tele I bought earlier this year, and I'm wondering if anyone knows what exactly it is or when it's from? Who made it? Etc... any ideas?

    Any help figuring this out would be appreciated, thanks.
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  2. Jackson753

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    I have a similar bridge. I believe Fender out sourced the work. I'll see if I can find out. IMG_20201017_200752657.jpg
     

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  3. Jackson753

    Jackson753 Tele-Meister

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    Kahler.

    There was a helpful chap on one of my posts. 1980-81 brass bridge. Something like that. You can find it under my posts. Sorry at the moment I'm on a phone and I can't work out how to link it.

    Was your Tele with a black finish?
     
  4. low_fidelity2100

    low_fidelity2100 TDPRI Member

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    Oh yours is the 81(ish) black and gold tele bridge, I love the looks of those. Mines not as heavy duty as those, also I'm pretty sure mine isn't gold plated like those. Mine appears to be just raw brass.

    But no my tele isn't Black, its blonde. But it's a refin, and based on the paint in the cavities its been refinished several times haha (chips from the pickup cavities show layers of Blue, Red, and white all caked ontop of eachother haha). Luckily it was very cheap though, so it's cool.
     
  5. John C

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    Yep, the bridge on the Black & Gold Teles was made for Fender by Kahler.

    And you are also correct that you have a different bridge. It's pretty worn down; I don't think it's a Schecter bridge as they typically had solid/cast saddles. Maybe Mighty Mite or someone else who was around in the 70s/early 80s? The grooved saddles look a lot like the saddles that G&L uses on ASAT Classics, but of course G&L uses a vintage-style steel box bridge plate (and G&L didn't come out with the ASAT Classic until circa 1988-89).
     
  6. low_fidelity2100

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    Yeah its definitely very very worn haha. It actually looked much worse when I first got it. Totally corroded to the point it was almost black, just filthy. I took it off and replaced it with a normal three saddle bridge.
    But decided to clean it up and polish it up the other day. And now I'm just curious what it is. Its definitely heavy. Haha.

    Someone on TGP also said most likely mighty mite, and apparently Muddy Waters had the exact same bridge on Hoss (and it was reportedly a MM bridge).
    Now I'm thinking I might need to reinstall it and give it a fair shake rather than just selling it like I'd originally planned. Haha
     
  7. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    Thats a neat looking piece of gear.
     
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