Are you like me? Only a 3 saddle bridge seems right?

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  1. Torz Johnson

    Torz Johnson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I sure love my LPB MIM Tele, at least as much as any of my big-ticket USA made babies. For a few years I hesitated - "It sounds great! Don't mess with success! Don't change out that cheap bridge or you might lose the magic!"

    I finally did it today, slapped in the equally-cheap but world-famous old Fender 3 saddle job. Everything seems right now, things are as they should be and I am at peace with the world. :)

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    You know of all my Telecasters the one I keep going back to because it sounds and plays so good is my 2008 American Standard with the strat style saddles. Go figure. ;)
     
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    That's OK, I won't hold it against you. :)

     
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    I must say, I really need to set each string for intonation.

    How is that possible with the three saddle bridge?

    I'm genuinely asking, because I'm not seeing how it's possible with that vintage rig.
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    Hey I know what you mean. The firebird neck pickup in my 2007 AVRI 52 Hotrod just looks plain wrong and many times I have considered putting a standard neck pickup there. :(
     
  6. Torz Johnson

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    It's not possible with the configuration I'm using, but you can get really close. There are compensated saddles available that work very well though, and old timers like Danny Gatton would often just bend the saddle screws to the right angle to improve intonation.
     
  7. Old Tele man

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    Nope! Sorry, but SIX (6) strings, with EACH having different intonation lengths, means SIX (6) separate saddles. I prefer my guitars "in tune", "Thank you."
     
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    Yes
     
  9. EsquireOK

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    I don't have any problems with any type of Tele saddles I've played on. I don't bother changing out simple vintage barrel saddles, even for compensated ones. The G/D tuning problems aren't that bad for what I play. I do very much like both the Fender and G&L old-style ashtray bridges with six individual saddles, though. I'll generally use those if I'm not going for an accurate reproduction with my build.

    My least favorite Tele bridge I have is the one on my Aerodyne. It's a non ashtray type with six modern style Strat saddles. That said, I've owned the guitar since new in 2003 or 2004, and it still has the original bridge; it obviously doesn't bother me much.
     
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    The saddles on my 52 Hotrod are compensated and work pretty well.......Except....I use a wound G string and had to change out the middle compensated saddle for a plain old fashioned straight one. :confused:
     
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    I use a wound G on some of my guitars too – a few Strats and a Tele. Strats are no problem, obviously. But on Teles, you can still use compensated saddles for the D/G; you don't need to use a straight one. You just use a compensated saddle that's made for the E/A and B/E positions.
     
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    I put a Wilkinson compensated bridge on my first Partscaster, it intonated great.
     
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    Always 6 saddles, and gotoh bridge. I even like these new bent saddles, wish they were longer just
     
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    I've got a set of Gotah brass compensated saddles on my second Tele, my first (avatar pic) has the standard steel barrel ones. The Gotah one intonates perfectly, but the steel barrelled one is a bit of a compromise on the D/G strings (the others seem pretty good though), so I'm tempted to get a set of steel compensated barrels for it.

    The only thing I don't like about the vintage bridge is that I seem to catch my pick on the bottom edge (though not the top for some odd reason). I found a Gotah bridge with the sides cut away, but didn't like the price, plus it comes with another set of brass compensated saddles that I already have. I bought a spare B stock Fender one, so I'm going to cut the sides down myself to try it. If it works out OK, I'll buy a second one for my white Tele and cut it down, then fit compensated steel saddles to it.

    Gratuitous shot as I've just fitted a Bakelite 'guard today that I cut from a blank Esquire one and fitted a new Dimarzio 36th Anniversary neck pick up:

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    Count me in as well!
     
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    Yea! Im an old timer, so 3 is as good as it gets for me.
     
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    Heck, for some people, it's a 2 saddle bridge that feels right.

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    Schmintonation.
     
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    I want to check out the rest of that guitar.
     
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