Saddles for Telecaster with Bigsby and Ashtray Bridge

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by bgalizio, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. bgalizio

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    I have a partscaster Tele with a Bigsby and notched ashtray bridge. It uses the Gotoh In-Tune brass saddles, which I like for tone and intonation. Below is the bridge assembly that I am using:

    https://darrenriley.com/store/gotoh-bs-tc1s-in-tune-vintage-cutaway-telecaster-bridge-tb-5130-001/

    The issue that I am having is that the saddles are rapidly wearing due to the string movement when using the Bigsby. This is leading to tuning instability, and probably other issues down the road.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for different saddles to help with this issue? I'm looking at the following, but am open to more suggestions:

    - Fender threaded steel type saddles
    - Gotoh In-Tune titanium saddles
    - Vibramate stainless steel slotted saddles
    - Mastery M4.1 (I love Mastery bridges on my Jazzmaster and Jaguar, but don't want to spend that money on this guitar if I can help it)
     
  2. Nick Fanis

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    Good old 70s style slotted steel saddles are your ticket.
     
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    I decided to just go with the simple, quick option of trying the Fender threaded steel saddles. Once I can assess the performance, I'll try to report back!
     
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    Won't everything wear in a similar manner?

    I might be looking for ti, stainless steel, or something hard.
     
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    what he said
     
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    Rutters straight compensated steel work very well.
     
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    If you're wearing out the brass, then you are a heavy Bigsby user. Note that all that compensation machine work will be worn away with brass saddles, unless they are the offset barrel or slanted type.

    I've done threaded steel saddles (Glendale), steel and titanium. Meh, they work, but only for light use. Tuning stability is ok, provided all else is well set-up and lubed.

    The best is the Mastery 4.1, the price of admission was worth it because I have zero tuning issues. I'm extreme in Bigsby use and it's pretty much a rock, give or take a few cents. Wave the bar back and forth or pull and let it drop and I'm pretty much back in tune.
     
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