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Help me find some steel saddles

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Swoop, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Swoop

    Swoop Tele-Meister

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    I'm looking for some steel saddles, like those used on the Classic Series '50s Teles (NOT the threaded ones on the C60s Teles). They don't seem to be available anywhere online. I know there are lots of aftermarket ones available, but I liked the standard steel ones on my old Esquire, and I don't want to break the bank for some basic, straight steel saddles. I require two sets of them. Does anyone know where I can buy them? Or maybe someone has some lying around not being used they could be persuaded to part with?
     
  2. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    The Highway Model steel saddles show-up on eBay - they're actually better since they're grooved for the string. Not threaded, but use a single 70s style groove. That feature is very good to have for keeping your strings where they belong.
     
  3. El Reclusa

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    Stew-Mac? I'd go with Rutters myself.
     
  4. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    The 70's style are available from Fender dealers, like Darren Riley, although his shop is in the USA...

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    But, if you get the part numbers for exactly what you want (from the schematics on the Fender website), your local Fender dealer should be able to order them for you.
     
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    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'd look at Rutters first., he seems to have it all covered.
     
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    Marc Rutters. You won't be disappointed
     
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    hi. i have the ones from my road worn 50s telly for sale if you want??

    andreas
     
  8. PeterUK

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    Try CJ Tooling:

    http://www.jeffsennguitars.com/page11/page11.html

    I have a set for my Danelectro but I've also got a set of the 5/16th diameter compensated steel saddles on the way.

    Great to deal with, $25.00 and they are international friendly.

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    Hope this helps.

    :) Peter
     
  9. PeterUK

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    Oops! Sorry, ignore they above.

    :) Peter
     
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    If you are diligent, then PM me in a week, I can check my parts box when home and may have a set for free for you.
     
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    Callaham sells steel saddles, though they are compensated. Not sure if that's a deal breaker or not.

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  12. Swoop

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    Thanks for the replies, but I'm not interested in the grooved ones, or compensated ones. Just plain ol '50s style steel ones. They seem to be elusive. Nothing on EBay or any parts suppliers. So I thought I'd try here since most people seem to replace them with brass ones or compensated ones. I like steel and I like the simplicity of straight saddles (but not grooved).
     
  13. Ricky D.

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    Here you are, from Glendale Guitars: :)

    http://www.glendaleguitars.com/saddles.htm
    http://www.glendaleguitars.com/HC02.jpg

    The "Historically Correct" Spanish Electric cold rolled steel saddle set

    The first saddle sets that Leo made for his Spanish Electric guitars were made from a 5/16" cold rolled steel billet. Now for the first time, Glendale Guitars is offering an un-compensated saddle set made from a 5/16" cold rolled steel billet. Straight off the milling machine un-polished and un-plated, the bottom of the saddles are flat and the height adjustment screws angle back away from the bridge-plate mounting screws just like the original saddles did. This is as close as it gets to owning the real deal. This set is not for intonation, it is for anyone seeking to build a historically correct guitar. Slightly aged for a vintage look
     
  14. BrenReg

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    I got mine from CJ tooling. Same as on the classic 50s models.
    You need to email them and specificaly request 1/4", non-compensated steel saddles. They don't offer them as standard on their website, but can make them for you no problem for the same price. Takes about a week to receive them.
     
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    The Rutter steel saddles seem to be identical to the Fender classic 50's ones, and are nickel plated.
     
  16. PeterUK

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    Ah! There's your answer. Probably the best value steel saddles you'll get.

    :) Peter
     
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    +1, the price is good !
     
  18. Steve G

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    Thats great Peter, im going to look at these, not happy at all with Glendale's shipping prices for international orders!
     
  19. PeterUK

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    Steve.

    It's a pity that Glendale have made it totally unrealistic to order internationally anymore. I don't mind paying a fair price but a flat $25.00 is stupid.


    My saddles from CJ tooling should be here this week and I won't be using them for a while as I'm having surgery on my left arm in less than 2-weeks.

    So if you want to check 'em I'll zap you mine across and see how they work for you. If you like 'em order me a new set. If not, send 'em back to me.

    :) Peter
     
  20. Steve G

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    Sounds good cheers!

    Dont want to harp on about it and I know people have costs to cover but the same thing has happened with Bill Lawrence, just made the keystones a lot less of a bargain for us.

    Its OK for John and Mandy, lucky buggers!
     
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