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Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by TeleFunk Man, May 24, 2019.
Yep, Rutters are great. Have them on my American Standard.
I have a bag of various saddles i have tried on every tele i have owned and IMO the fender compensated brass sound most natural. Others i have tried all sound like there are peaks and valleys at various frequencies while the fender comp brass sound balanced among all frequencies. When i get a new tele i always try a bunch of saddles on it but in the end i always end up using the fender comps.
I assume a parts reseller. A factory in South Korea started producing a version of the Gotoh/Wilkinson adjustable saddle around a year ago. If they are using their own name instead of Gotoh I'd expect the saddles to be the clones.
Trev Wilkinson should get his legal team on it.
I used these low cost Wilkinson compensated saddles to good effect for several years. They did the trick just fine....
Exactly the ones I ordered....
Those will work.
The brass is about the softest out there and I find those "Wilkys" are actually too compensated.
Meanwhile you could've had genuine Fender slant compensated saddles thru Darren Riley and they're less money.https://darrenriley.com/store/fender-compensated-telecaster-brass-saddles-0058544049/
Out of stock at this moment but normally he's got them - ordered batches numerous times, arrived crazy fast from NC.
And they compensate the "right" amount for quite a few guitars (I treat each guitar like a patient - the prescription they get varies, also depends on the players needs and preferences).
Thank Goodness you didn't get those Rube Goldberg ones you posted earlier. Those are a hot mess.
But maybe Trev should disavow the design altogether. Gosh, what awful things those are!
Maybe Gotoh is quitting making those (under license). Their new design (a ripoff of Marc Rutters) are so many times better IMO.
I'm very happy with the sets of Rutters I have with the eccentric slots.
I like the Callaham version of those slant saddles mostly because of the smaller hex screws. My favorites of all time were by CJ Tooling. I'm not sure why they sounded better than the others but they did. I sure wish those were still available.
I really like these:
Off-set barrels from Philadelphia Luthier.
I use a Bigsby and other vibrato systems and these saddles have a nice rounded point of contact with the strings; unlike most of the other types which have a sharp point where the strings rest on the saddles.
There is a lot less chance of the strings 'hanging up' on the saddles with the vibrato action.
They also control string spacing which is needed with a Bigsby.
They come in aluminum, steel and brass. And 1/4" or 5/16" diameter.
The Wilkinsons ones are OK as far as they go, but the break angle on the actual saddle is such you can get sitaring at certain saddle heights. Good on a budget.
whatever the bridge on the brad paisley is. its brass saddles but it has bits that move independently so you can intonate better. ive seem the whole bridge used for about $50.
I also used their repro ABR1/complete assembly on my LP replica. Good stuf. Rutters, Glendale is also good stuff.
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My Wilkinson compensated brass saddles arrived and installed them yesterday, but not set up yet. There was no info on the order of the saddles. I found a YT vid that showed some but not sure if they are the same as these. Can someone with Wilkinson compensated vintage stye saddles take a look the photos here to confirm they are in correct order?
Looks good to me.
Wilkinson bridge by bblumentritt posted Feb 5, 2016 at 10:35 AM
Yeah, that's correct, though you will need to move the center set back some when you intonate, since the G will need to be longer than the B.
Thanks so much...
+1. Great saddles, I bough a set this month. The sting sits perfectly and the intonation is almost perfect, here is a pic, see the different groove size for each saddle:
no problem. Here is how my Wilkinson set looks