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Anyone put a left handed bridge on a right handed guitar?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by RatherBeFishing, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. RatherBeFishing

    RatherBeFishing Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm planning to do this to my Esquire. I imagine it will tighten up the low end and make the high strings a bit fatter sounding.
    Aside from fitment issues, does anyone see any reason that this would be doomed to fail?

    I think it sounds like a fun experiment. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. indianjjy

    indianjjy TDPRI Member

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    As long as you rerouted for pickup placement, should be no problem, be carefull not to route out too much of a hole or it will show out the bridge...
     
  3. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Having a blast with the first of mine:

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    The Lefty bridge pup rout (Thanks, Tommy!) is laid right over the Righty one.

    The maple capped '69 Thinline (still in finishing) is set up the same way.

    This 1 piece 'Hog is wired directly to the jack - just use a volume pedal.
     
  4. SteveY

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    I tried it years ago on a Tele because it made sense to me in the thinking of it.

    The experiment made me appreciate Leo Fender's ears and experimentation because the result IMHO was a loss of high end on the treble strings and character generally, which resulted in a kind of generic guitar sound, to my ears.
     
  5. Unkie Al

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    Have a close look at Wendy Melvoins Tele on this picture:

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  6. mightysteve

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    Old thread, but... yes, I did this a long time ago, as it made sense to me, too. And made sense to the guy at Fralin I talked to as well. The way I did it was to take the standard Fender 6-saddle bridge (sacrilege!) and cut off the plate in front of the saddles. Then flatten it and flip it over. You also, of course, have to rout the cavity so the pickup fits. Anyway, it does a nice job of drying out the low strings and fattening up the high strings. Sounds great to my ears. And Wendy's, I gather.
     
  7. mellecaster

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    I still have (2) of the numbered Fender bridges/pickup assemblies LH I got from DarrenRiley.com (Thanks Boris)...and will get Tommy at USACG to cut me some Bodies for them, but at the moment Repairs and Set-ups have kept me Busy...and w/ the current Market, New Builds have taken a back seat...but what you ask will get done....Maybe next Winter.....;)
     
  8. boris bubbanov

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    Indianjjy's words are wise. Somehow the second one I tampered with the rout too much. I'll be putting a wider plate on there. A bit too much butt crack showing on the maple cap one, with a stock AV52 lefty plate.

    Now this USACG 'hog body has the 1 piece rosewood neck (Warmoth).

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  9. otterhound

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    To each his own . I prefer to put them on lefty guitars and then play them .
     
  10. mellecaster

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    OK...we shall keep that in mind.
     
  11. jrich99

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  12. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    He's reversed the bridge but not the bridge pickup. I think so long as the trem is not used, a lefty and a righty Strat bridge sound alike. It is the alteration of the placement of the pole pieces that is central to the difference.
     
  13. otterhound

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    OK , that does it . I'm putting a righty bridge on a lefty guitar . :twisted:
     
  14. jrich99

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    I know there's a big difference from doing it on a strat vs a tele, but he believed it did alter the sound, and contributed to Jimi's unique sound. I'll see if I can find the article or interview I read that in.
     
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