Having some work done on "Blondie"

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Force, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. Force

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    I was having some serious issues out of Blondie, so I took her to my friend who works on these things. It turns out the wiring inside was messed up, but it has been fixed and the plays fine. There are some issues with the bridge that is currently on it, so we are changing the current bridge out for a Wilkinson bridge. The neck is straight and frets are in good shape. At first I thought the pickups were bad or going out, but there is no need to change them after all. The bridge will be here tomorrow so we will pop it on, do a full set up with new strings, and she should sing after that.

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    Is that a 6 saddle vintage style?

    Are you going to a 3 saddle, compensated?

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    Yes, going to the three saddle compensated bridge. No matter what we did we couldn't get the six saddle to intonate. I almost like the three saddle better anyways, so it works out.
     
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    Now you have me worried, I went with a Fender 6 saddle vintage for my Partscaster build...



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    The bar the screw goes into on the saddles were too long. Couldn't screw them in enough to get it set up correctly. I hope you don't have the same issue. We tried everything we could and couldn't get it to work, so I decided to go with the three saddle.
     
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    My saddles seem to give me full range.

    I want to look for brass instead of chrome plated whatever they are, though. [​IMG]

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    Those saddles look a lot better than the ones that are currently on mine. I bet they work well for you. This guitar started life as a Johnson telecaster, so I suspect the bridge that is on it is just some random cheap bridge they put on them in production. My research has shown that they had intonation problems. If all of them did what mine is doing I can see why.
     
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    My 1993 Korean Fender Squier had the same bridge as jfgesquire's. It would intonate ok, but the saddle springs would contact the string end, and cause random rattles and buzzes. Drove me nuts. I switched to a Wilkinson bridge with three compensated brass saddles.
     
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    You wonder who designs some of this stuff. Since the whole purpose of the intonation feature is travel, using those long bars is moronic.
     
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    Yep, I'm afraid that since there's only a string on one side of the barrel it will put uneven pressure on the two height adjustment screws and not put even pressure down on the bridge plate and, therefore, buzz/rattle.

    That is THE complaint of the 6 saddle vintage bridges.

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    This is the bridge that is currently on it

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    Those "kind of" look like the offset saddles used on the top-loader bridges of the 1983 Standard Telecasters.[​IMG]

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    I’ve used the Wilkinson with compensated brass saddles on two guitars. They work great.
     
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    Post some pictures and/or a demo video when you get it together. Maybe even a before and after...

    Beautiful guitar, btw...
     
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    I have the same type of saddles in an L plate and the screws were adjusted so far out the strings would occasionally buzz against the screw. Cutting looked odd and my local Hdw store didn't have anything that matched finish in correct length. I went with black phosphate hex head screws and it cleaned it up quite a bit.[​IMG]
     
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    I really like the idea of black fillister head screws and black springs....

    I'm going to have to see what I can find on line! I doubt the local hardware store will have what I'm after.

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    Our Ace Hardware stores have great fastener sections and had these in 5mm increments. The stainless button head screws weren't avail in the lengths I needed or I might have tried that.
     
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    I picked "Blondie" back up from the shop today after changing the bridge out. She is now set up and inonated perfectly, and I couldn't be any happier.

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    Blondie is a real beauty. It is always great when a plan comes together.
     
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