I replaced the traditional “ashtray” with 3-brass saddle on my Tele with a thicker Kluson all stainless steel bridge-plate, and modern 6 block saddles. I wasn’t crazy about the sides on the bridge plate getting in the way and the 3 saddle setup was always an issue causing intonation problems, and impossible getting the string heights even. I spent a fair amount of time reading up on the key “ingredients” factoring into the Tele tone we all love.. Basically my understanding is that; 1. The design of the pickup mounted onto a bridge plate is essential 2. It’s important that the plate be stainless steel like the vintage ones 3. Saddles be steel, brass, aluminum or combination. **So my question is what happened to my tone?? The punchy, snap of the wound strings is totally gone as well as that telecaster Twang! I’m shocked.. I’d seen guitar hardware companies making claims about the supposed tonal changes of thier bridges and even seen folks talking about it on forums and things.. But I honestly never believed that the material or especially a manufacturing process particular to a saddle, bridge, (or similarly the trem-block on a Strat) would have any significant impact on an electric instruments sound. I’ve always thought that paying 120$ for saddle “A” vs 35$ for saddle “B” where both had the same or similar metallic composition was silly! And anyone willing to believe it was anything but hype was drinking the cool-aid!! I’m sad to say I was definitely mistaken! Regarding Tele’s anyway.. Do you guys think I need to go back to a 3-saddle design in order to reclaim my tone? How about the bridge plate? The Kluson’s really nicely made and solid. I’d hate to have to replace the whole thing.. Especially since the Kluson was about 75$. When removing the rusty & scratched up old original Fender bridge and seeing how thin and cheaply made it was.. I thought for sure the Kluson (or practically anything) would be better. What should I do? I’m considering going with these compensated vintage type saddles; https://www.philadelphialuthiertool...telecaster-saddle-aluminum-1-4-offset-barrel/ I like that they’re slotted and compensated, plus the ability to purchase one aluminum for low E/A & 2 brass for the rest is a cool thing Ive never tried. I’ve purchased other things from this company and it’s always been top notch stuff.