CV50 Bridge - should it stay or should it go

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Jdsmith, Jun 23, 2021.

  1. Jdsmith

    Jdsmith TDPRI Member

    Age:
    22
    Posts:
    17
    Joined:
    May 23, 2021
    Location:
    United States
    I have converted a CV50 BSB tele into an esquire - replacing the electronics, bridge pickup, pickguard and saddles.

    I put Rutters brass saddles on, and I really enjoy them. Essentially, the only thing on the body that hasn’t changed is the bridge.

    I don’t necessarily have any problems with it, but is there any reason to change it to something better? Do they have any kind of reputation for falling apart or not being good?

    I know Callaham, Wilkinson, and many others make replacement bridges, but I didn’t know if the tone/sustain or anything else would see a drastic change since everything but the bridge is fairly nice.

    what are your thoughts? Should it stay or should it go? And if it should go, it’d be super helpful if anyone knew a bridge replacement that lined up with the squier CV holes - drilling my guitar makes me anxious.

    I’m also left handed if that impacts any answers
     
  2. vhilts1

    vhilts1 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    776
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2010
    Location:
    PA
    Left handed people are not to be trusted

    They are the devils children
     
    nojazzhere, CajunJ and Jdsmith like this.
  3. Jdsmith

    Jdsmith TDPRI Member

    Age:
    22
    Posts:
    17
    Joined:
    May 23, 2021
    Location:
    United States
    Hey, that’s exactly what my mom says
     
    El Tele Lobo and vhilts1 like this.
  4. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,834
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2016
    Location:
    Midwest, USA
    If you're talking about the 3 saddle bridge... They're part of what makes it a CV50. It's what makes it unique not just how it looks but also how it sounds. It's true there's some difficulty in intonation, but it's what makes it sound like a CV50 too. However, it's your guitar. If you want to make it fit accordingly to your needs, fire away!
     
  5. Jdsmith

    Jdsmith TDPRI Member

    Age:
    22
    Posts:
    17
    Joined:
    May 23, 2021
    Location:
    United States
    Even if I change the bridge, it’d still be a 3 saddle (at least if I can help it). Just curious about the quality of the Squier chrome bridge vs other replacements people have tried
     
    littlebadboy and nojazzhere like this.
  6. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    15,870
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2017
    Location:
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    With all respect, (really) why are you considering changing your bridge? Is there some "deficit" you're trying to correct? The fact (greatly unrecognized here) is, "most" hardware changes have little effect on your overall sound. I'm not referring to pickups, but bridges, saddles, unique material nuts, and tuners. But please....feel free to spend your money as you wish.....and be sure to report back (with pics) with your personal results. ;)
     
    Jdsmith likes this.
  7. blueruins

    blueruins Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    278
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Location:
    Honokaa, Hawaii
    You’re talking about the bridge plate? I can’t think of any reason to change it other than the Squier may rust or tarnish faster.
     
    Blackmore Fan and Jdsmith like this.
  8. Jdsmith

    Jdsmith TDPRI Member

    Age:
    22
    Posts:
    17
    Joined:
    May 23, 2021
    Location:
    United States
    No reason in particular honestly. I went through the same process with a strat build I did a few years ago.

    My main reason for any replacement I get is: I want everything on this guitar to outlast me. If a part is infamous for breaking or giving out, I'd like to upgrade it when all the upgrading is on my mind, you know? I don't want something to crap out on me in the future, so even if it isn't a problem just yet, I'd like to solve it before it becomes one.

    But if there's nothing of note about Squier bridges other than being on Squier guitars, then it shall stay :)
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  9. Jdsmith

    Jdsmith TDPRI Member

    Age:
    22
    Posts:
    17
    Joined:
    May 23, 2021
    Location:
    United States
    Maybe a dumb question, but I'm often wrong anyway: will any bridge begin to rust at some point or another (within a guitar player's lifetime)? You said it'd rust or tarnish faster, so if anything will rust (and if rust doesn't affect the function of the bridge or playability of the guitar), I'll just keep it as is.
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  10. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,118
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2013
    Location:
    USA
    I doubt it will rust under normal circumstances. My oldest guitar at this point is from 2008, and the bridge looks brand new.
     
    Jdsmith likes this.
  11. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,142
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Im in the camp that you dont need to change it, unless you want it..

    differences will depend on what you "hear" and "feel".. it might improve sustain, it might not, can be warm or not.. it depends really.. on what you guitar sounds and feels like before the swap.

    However, those bridges are fine for what they are.. if you're simply wanting to "upgrade" it, then there are tons of options including the ones you mentioned.. I only had to replace one bridge in my telecaster, and that was because the saddle screws got so rusted, I cant adjust it anymore and I went with Gotoh.. high quality and bang for buck.
     
    Jdsmith and Blackmore Fan like this.
  12. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    54
    Posts:
    2,040
    Joined:
    May 23, 2018
    Location:
    Lake View
    I actually think the CV bridge looks to be of higher quality than the real Fender vintage bridge. It may not actually be, but that’s how it looks to me!

    The bridge is thicker, the plating is consistent and the corners are nice and smooth. The vintage bridge is thinner metal, when it was stamped into shape the back coroners get kind of sharp, and the plating doesn’t look as thick.

    However, the different bridges do affect tone. I put a vintage bridge on my CV 50s and it made the guitar brighter, more acoustic.... I don’t know how else to describe it. Not better or worse, just different.

    A vintage bridge is easily less than $20, 005-4162-049. If you don’t like the difference, then just call it the first piece of your next partscaster.
     
    Jdsmith and Blackmore Fan like this.
  13. Lefty Addams

    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,859
    Joined:
    May 6, 2012
    Location:
    England
    You righties are just jealous ...
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2021
    Jdsmith likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.