New Telebridge: T-Tune

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  1. stefanhotrod

    stefanhotrod Tele-Meister

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    I've stumbled over a new bridge for our Tellys. It's made -surprise, surprise- of cold rolled steel, but it's temeperature treated in a very interesting way. Read more here:

    https://www.t-tune.org/

    More interesting is to listen:





    My next project will get this bridge for sure. They're building also cool saddles.
     
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  2. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    I've been wanting to check one of these out. Did you buy one?
     
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    ^Not so far, just found them an half hour ago!
    But I'm gonna buy a bridge and a saddle set for my next project.
    The difference is amazing from those examples, no?
     
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    So, not to sound like a big thicky, but what difference will this extra-reverberating bridge make to the sound of the guitar, other than having even more of that feedback-like ring that you get on teles?
     
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    Check this:
    https://www.t-tune.org/en/t-bridge/
     
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    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    "Our Bridge plates are artificially aged by a special procedur which changes the internal crystaline structure of the metal itself, which we then call “Internally aged”."

    I'm calling BS right there.
     
  7. stefanhotrod

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    Sorry, what's "BS"?
     
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    archtop_fjk Tele-Holic

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    Reading the article, the advantage of this bridge is...

    "When installed on a guitar the treated bridge-plate gives much more sustain and ‘twang’. The guitar is also louder and the tone clearer (not piercing or sharp!)."

    Hmmm. Perhaps it's true - I guess you just have to try one to find out.
     
  9. stefanhotrod

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    All the boutique hardware builders like Glendale or Rutters doin' the 'more twang and sustain' thing! And I'm really happy with the good sounding Rutters bridge on my Esquire- a thing of beauty.

    Concerning the T-Tune I can hear that treated bridge ring out a really really long time, even the frequencies are nicer compared to the new untreated one. But the main thing is- it sounds similar like the old bridge.
     
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  10. kaludjerko

    kaludjerko TDPRI Member

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    Not sure if it helps, but I met Drazen (guy behind t-tune) many years ago.
    He is good luthier and has with some unique ideas about guitar tone.
    I had a refret on my Squier strat that he did wonderfully.

    One of the things that struck me many years ago was that he made guitar with Floyd Rose that had fantastic rich ringing sound (usualy i find Floyd equiped guitars quite dead acoustically).
     
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    Interesting. But the sound test I want to hear is whether the guitar, plugged in, sounds any different than the same guitar with an ordinary bridge.

    Until then I'm sceptical. All seems a bit like tone-tapping blocks of wood to me.

    However, I'm prepared to be convinced. When the evidence changes, I change my conclusions . . .
     
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    I like the idea of a cold steel bridge. I'm fine with a cheap Chinese bridge too but variety is good. I'm not really digging their logo though.

    I wonder if it could chop through plastic water filled bottles or a meat filled boot etc.

     
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    AAT65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    It’s what comes out of a cow (but not milk).
     
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    I don’t know if it makes a difference once it’s bolted down to the top of the guitar which will dampen these vibrations,I don’t see how this would make any difference as long as the strings are solidly anchored over the saddles.

    I guess we need these as nuts now too.

    Remember when brass was the best thing since sliced bread?
     
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    Sorry, but I fail to see or understand how the "ringing bell" property of a bridge, suspended by a string, affects or improves the sound of my guitar. But like Hemingway said, I'm open minded and prepared to have my opinion changed. If you guys try one, please post side by side comparisons....but I will say, "sustain" is not a major characteristic I seek out of a guitar. I usually achieve that with my playing and amplification. ;)
     
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    I'm going to agree that a telecaster bridge has little in common with a bronze bell, either in form or function. A bridge plate bolted to a guitar top is effectively damped; it's not ringing.
     
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    I’m in the cynical camp at the moment. I know - because I’ve seen it proven - that changing the metal of the bridge from a ferrous to a non-ferrous material change change how the pick up reacts (also see what the late, great Bill Lawrence said on this) and hence will impact the tone.

    I have traditional pressed steel Fender bridges and boutique stainless steel bridged Teles and the tone is changed by the bridge.

    However, I’m not convinced [in the theory] that a ferrous bridge with some magic steel production process will change what the pick up does.

    I remain to be convinced but my wallet is staying in my pocket until someone produces a ‘and then Angels sang’ high quality recording of this particular bridge.

    :) Peter
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I fail to be impressed by any of the Tele bridge designs that involve material thicker than .048, and that are machined, not stamped steel. Leo probably had a happy accident there, that the cheapest way was also the best way. Then again, it wasn't the first time he got lucky that way...

    I'm also in the group that doesn't seek high sustain (and the corresponding enhancement of the fundamental tone, at the expense of harmonics). I seek a lively tone, and that often means a quicker decay than something engineered for sustain. So be it. How long do I actually hold a note, anyway? No epic soaring overdriven (compressed) single note solos here.

    Finally, I use a pick, not a screwdriver handle. :)
     
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    It usually boils down to.

    If "you" feel it makes a difference on "your" guitar and through "your" gear.

    Then it probably will make a difference to "you".:)

    Probably depends on the cost whether I'd give it a go or not.
     
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