Joe Barden vs. Callaham vs. Glendale Tele Bridge Assembly for American Standard

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  1. TeleFunk Man

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    Why is the JB like 1/3 of the price of the Callahan and Glendale offerings?

    I know the JB is Allparts, but I'm sure all 3 are made in Asia at least some of the parts. Is there a huge difference in quality / material? What about tone?
     
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    I’m pretty sure Callaham and Glendale make their own bridges, hence the higher price and excellent workmanship.

    I suspect - but don’t know for sure - you are correct about the Allparts Joe Barden bridge. Made in Asia.

    Out of the three I can highly recommend Glendale. High quality, great customer service, but for tonal changes, what are you looking for?

    :) Peter
     
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    Another to consider is a Rutters. I believe he makes them himself in the USA. They’re very nice and well made.
     
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    I'm sorry I'm not answering your specific question about those bridges, I'm giving more a generic answer.

    I have a Squier Classic Vibe 50s Tele (with the pretty hot Alnico 3 bridge pickup) that I wanted to put steel saddles on instead of brass but I also decided to just replace the whole shot instead of just the saddles. I went with Genuine (wherever those are made) Fender parts and noticed the "Fender" stamped plate was much lighter and thinner than what Fender uses on the Squier CV 50s

    So I mixed and matched to see what happened:

    Steel saddles on the light plate - very thin but twangy, D,A and E strings not much punch

    Steel saddles on the heavy plate - similar twang but better volume off the lower strings and better sustain.

    Brass saddles / light plate - less bright and not as twangy, actually very even and balanced.

    Brass saddles / heavy plate - very full and warm, but now the three unwound strings would not cut through while playing live.


    So my plan didn't work and I ended up putting the steel saddles on the stock CV plate with the Alnico 3s and used the CV brass saddles on the thinner Fender plate on a Partscaster with Alnico 5s.

    That works for me...your mileage may vary.








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  5. TeleFunk Man

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    Hey thanks for the suggestion. Just ordered the Rutters Modern Bridge set Aluminum E/A, Brass saddles.
     
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    No problem. I replaced a Wilkinson bridge on my Kirn Tele with a Rutters and was very happy with it.
     
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    You won’t be sorry.
     
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    I see his modern 3-saddle does both string-through and top loading. Don't need the top loading but it's kinda cool. He doesn't have any pics showing the aluminum E/A Brass saddles bridge so couldn't really see what I ordered other than the stock mordern bridge photo he has. I'll have to do a Google search..
     
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    Sure, all the Rutters and Glendale and Callaham stuff are USA made. Made in California, Texas and Virginia respectively.

    Maybe the Rutters in Toploader form is your best choice:

    http://ruttersguitars.com/uploads/Rutters_Modern_Bridge_1.jpg

    Most important on the wound strings; the G. Why? Because the through holes on this Fender model are hiked so far up the body. You're IMO up against an issue where if the guitar is intonated and the saddles are really high enough to get your fingertips under there, the string comes up almost vertically and wraps too much around the saddles. So, IMO you're better off falling back and doing the toploader thing. The angle isn't quite so severe on the B and little E strings - they can go either way.
     
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    What is so weird is, the takeoff bridges off the '08 and newer American Standards command top dollar.

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    Very few places you can find these, so don't throw yours away. You might want to keep it handy for when you sell your guitar.
     
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