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Anyone tried brass block saddles on a bullet?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by fender4life, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    Like the ones in the pic or similar? I'm quite sure the bullet saddles are zinc and i know what zinc tends to sound like and i don't care for it. I think i hear that and i think replacing with brass could be a good improvement. So if you don't hear differences in saddles, please don't post to tell me that. I get it....not every one does. But I do, and if you do too and have done this swap i'd like to hear what u thing. Basically i prefer vintage style teles and brass saddles and i want the bullet to sound as close as i can get it to that.
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    Put some like those on an affinity Tele and like them alot . I bought two sets.The first were ten bucks and were decent quality but only 10.0 mm wide. Too narrow. Needed 10.8 mm. Only ones I could find online were around 30 bucks. I bought them and love them. You want those saddles tight or you'll be adjusting them all the time! As for how they sound? I think that a warmer richer aspect can be noticed to some degree. Don't know if its that much of a difference but I really like them. And they look great. Go for it. Just make sure you get your measurements correct. If you like brass you definitely want them. Just be sure to order the right size and you will be happy. Hope this helps!
     
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    Btw the saddle screws may come too short for proper intonation. But thats an easy fix. Just be prepared for that issue
     
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  4. fender4life

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    Thanks. Would you say it took the squier's tone more towards a vintage style tele tone? I really wish someone made a vintage style 3 barrel bridge that would drop in, but i figure this may be a way to get part way there.
     
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    Yes. But you know there are so many other pieces of the puzzle that are involved with that vintage tone issue you're seeking for!. They definitely are awesome improvement to the stock ones that came with the guitar.I personally don't like the functionality of the 3 barrel set up.Just me.Six saddles intonate six strings better than three, vintage or not. Just my opinion.
     
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    I will assuming i get those. Probably will but gonna look a bit more to be sure. I measured and it seems the 10.8mm is the one. I think what i am hearing that i don't like are the saddles, and part of that is a plinkiness in a real high frequency, and the other is a hard attack rather then a bit of give on the attack like i get with brass. Thats somewhat similar to what i hear with some 3 barrel bridges with steel saddles compared to brass. But this is slightly different and worse, so fingers crossed that brass eliminates that.
     
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    The saddles are going to help a bit. But don't forget about your pickups, their hieght, nut, strings, pots ,ect... Brass is way less like you said " plinking " than steel by far. I wish I could hear what sounds you like. That would be cool. I think you'll like those brass saddles. If not you can always find something else out. If you do get these make sure to
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    48F3888A-230F-4083-8DAD-3C6AA428F6DB.jpeg B887F567-3571-456A-9E60-44B4D5EF6498.jpeg I’ve swapped with a vintage bridge, but it’s not straightforward, you have to drill new holes for the strings in the bridge and new holes in the body, just in front of the strings, inside the routed part. I have to fill the rear holes but I love the result! For the Tone i don’t know how to tell you, I’m a beginner and every guitar sound the same bad way with me

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    I replaced the, horrible,bent steel ones in my ltd edition Am std.
    Night and day difference in balance between the strings and "solidity" of notes.
    Strings also stay put.

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    Yes, infact I went all brass on my new Bullet. I got rid of the cheap plastic nut & in a new bone nut. It now also has a neck 1970's zebra humbucker in it. Perfect for jazz. PSX_20200615_140334.jpg ]
     
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    Looks great, what size saddles did you use? I'm looking to do the same to my Bullet saddles, I reckon the ones on it are just over 10mm wide, so I'm hoping the Chinese ones I've ordered (10mm) will do a job
     
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    Dude buy the right size or they will move all around. Made the mistake my self. If you need 10.8,buy 10.8! Need 10.5 buy 10.5! Smaller will work but they will be moving all over the place moving all saddle screws!Trust me l know from experience. It sucks! You'll regret it! Just long up the 30 bucks and get the correct size!
     
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    where did you get the brass tuners? those look incredible!
     
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    ^^^
    I think you will be pleased
     
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    I'm positive i will be to some degree. The problem is to WHAT degree. I need them to eliminate some things about the tone i hate that i believe are the pot metal saddles and a 75% improvement ain't gonna cut it. But we shall see.
     
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    Thanks,sounds great now, i wanted to mellow it down from the SS parts giving a very bright sound. Unsure of the saddle size prob same ones you ordered. It sounds powerful and very warm now.
     
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