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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by E5RSY, Apr 13, 2017.
I anchor my pinky on the bottom when I'm finger picking
When you guys speak of "lipless" are you referring to a modern bridge?
I don't even notice the lip and I'm a heavy palm muter and finger picker. To me, the lip is a good point of reference and might even be why it is my favorite finger picking electric.
I have a Gotoh on mine with both sides cut back most of the way:
The edges are nicely smooth and rounded, too. I like it MUCH BETTAH.
Me neither. I converted from a six saddle to a vintage on my Affinity and it didn't change anything I do with the guitar. I don't even notice it, playability wise.
I use this one
i like that the bridge is open but still has a very small edge for "feel" and that there is a "lip" around the sadles only.
None of the Teles I have owned have ever come with the ash tray cover. I don't think I'm missing anything I'd use but it would be nice to have the option. And an ash tray.
I was (still am) a Strat player from the early 60s on and when I took up the Telecaster I just learned to adjust to the different bridge set-up. I don't play close to the bridge pickup anyway so the bridgeplate doesn't really bother me.
Got one of these.
I love it.
Easy to intonate with compensated saddles.
My two Telecasters both have modern 6-saddle bridges without the lip on the sides. I don't actually think I've ever tried one with a truly vintage bridge... but I like that the modern bridge is smooth throughout. And I tend to pick closer to the neck pickup.
I prefer the traditional bridge with no cut lip.
It's worth noting that different setups can make the lip more of an issue, where a proper setup should put the saddles higher than the lip, but some setups leave the saddles too low.
A good point. My setup is fairly close to Fender spec and does put the saddles just a bit higher than the lip, so palm muting and getting to the strings at the bridge is not an issue. I can see where,if someone's saddles were too low in relation to the lip,it could cause issues.
Mine has always been setup with the saddles higher and I hadn't even considered that but of course it would be quite a change if they were lower. I palm mute constantly and if the saddles were lower it would definitely impact my ability to do that.
I've found the lips to be a tad troublesome, as I finger pick, exclusively, even on rock stuff. I use the technique of playing with a fairly light touch, most of the time, but getting "under the string" occasionally during solos, etc, to actually "pluck" the string upwards mimicking the attack of a hard pick used aggressively. Sometimes a bit tough on the low and high E strings, with the lips. I think I'm gonna try the Gotoh. Does anyone know, off hand, if it will have the same string and screw spacings/locations as my current Wilkinson by Sun-Il?
I like the Gotoh BS-TC1S. I put one on my CV 50's Tele, with brass compensated saddles, as soon I first got the guitar. I'm a finger picker so having Double Notched Flanges works better for me. But I do wish it was also drilled so I could Top load or string thru the strings. Just so I could A -B test the two different stringing.
Hell, my first Tele was a white w/white pickguard back in the 60's. The first thing we did was remove the "ashtray covers" on them. They were just in the way. I don't think anyone I knew or ever played with, played with them on. I do remember you could get a clear plastic cover that popped onto the backs of the guitar to protect it from belt buckles and such. I don't know what ever happened to those things.
Those Gotohs look nice. I've either bought double notches or did it myself with a dremel. I hybrid pick and the lower notch drives me nuts.
Every one of my teles now have been relieved of their lips. I never use the ashtray.
Lipless...... I didn't know that the bridge plate on my Affinity had a name.
The lips on the bridge was one of the things keeping me from getting a tele for a long time. But then I put one together with a Rutters bridge. It's awesome. The small lips have this really nice contour to them, and they help keep me from hitting the saddles when I'm really going for it. And otherwise everything is out of the way. Love that bridge.