There are three things about them that makes a Tele sound like a Tele IMO. 1. Brass has a unique tone all its own. 2. Having two strings pushing down on one saddle increases mechanical contact and note sustain. 3. The large radius of the barrel gives a slight 'sitar' tone as the string vibrates leaving the wide contact point and radius of the barrel. Compensated saddles that are cut to a sharp point defeat this unique tone. Plus: They look cool and match the bare bones design of our favorite guitar. Also: A regular guitar will NEVER be intonated everywhere on the neck. It is always a compromise. The 3 barrel bridge (compensated or not) doesn't affect this compromise much.