Best replacement Bridge for MIM ?

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  1. Brett Fuzz

    Brett Fuzz Tele-Holic

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    Guys,

    I have a 2011 MIM Tele.

    I'd like to change the stock MIM bridge for a 3 saddle brass & one that will also fit the 'Ashtray' cover.

    Any suggestions please ?
     
  2. radio

    radio Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I forget if the hole spacing is the same, but I replaced my '92 6-saddle with a Glendale. The website didn't answer my questions, but a 5 minute phone call did. http://www.glendaleguitars.com/glendale16.htm

    There are also other, less expensive options, but I have no experience with them as replacements.
     
  3. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Any of the 3 saddle bridges should fit excepting maybe a cheap one pulled off some random off-shore import guitar... So... Fender, Glendale, rutters, Wilkinson, Callaham, hipshot, barden etc

    Now some make 3 saddles that fit other things but it should be easy to shop for the vintage style
     
  4. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The BEST bridge for upgrading MIMs is the Wilkinson compensated 3-saddle. Helps with intonation, looks vintagey from 10 feet away, and the price is in line with a MIM. Putting $160 boutique bridge on a MIM doesn't make any sense to me, the Wilky is $30. I use them on all my Teles. They only problem is, I don't know if the ashtray fits on them; I can't for the life of me figure out how I'd play a Tele with an ashtray on it.


    Here's a link to GFS, I'm sure there a source for these in Australia, too.
     
  5. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I went with Callaham 3-saddle design and was very pleased.
     

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  6. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    There is no one "best". But there are lots and lots of choices in a 4-screw "vintage" style Tele bridge.

    Fender, Kluson, Wilkinson, Barden will all be a direct replacement and will all take an ashtray cover.
     
  7. Tuxedo Poly

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    My impression is that the Fender Pat Pend bridge plates are better steel than the Sung-Il Wilkinson ones after recently swapping one for one and keeping the 'Wilkinson' compensated saddles. Best of both worlds.
     
  8. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire

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    The unbranded import one & the Wilkinson stamped bridge I have in front of me are exactly the same, minus the logo. The import one cost me $12 on the Bay?
     
  9. AirBagTester

    AirBagTester Friend of Leo's

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    I got a bridge plate on Amazon for $10 with the Fender stamp. Bought the saddles separately for like $12-15 or something? I didn't get the cover though.

    One thing I did before swapping was put a piece of tape on the body lined up roughly with the 6-saddles, so that when the 3-saddles were in I could get them positioned roughly where they need to be before putting the strings on. Not really necessary but I just didn't want to be like 1/2 an inch off. I can't remember if I learned that from somebody here or what.
     
  10. slauson slim

    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

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    Plain old cheap Fender pat pend bridge plate. Easily available, the real deal. Brass saddles are fine, but I like steel threaded saddles. Add Fender OV pickups. My twang recipe. There are 10,000 - at least - other opinions.
     
  11. stiggs13

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    Fender $10 plate and some compensated saddles, there seems to be a silly amount of 100+ bridge plates out there for those who can't seem to spend enough money on their guitars.
     
  12. Monotremata

    Monotremata Tele-Afflicted

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    Yep get a regular Fender plate and Fender brass comp saddles for another $15 at darrenriley.com.. The Fender stainless saddles are cool but the metals cheap and after a year mine had all kinds of nicks in em and added a really nasty metallic overtone to the guitar. I had no clue where that extra ping was coming from til I changed em a month ago.
     
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