Squier Telecaster custom bridge

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  1. bionic

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    I have a 2003 Squier Telecaster Deluxe with two humbuckers. I have switched the tuners to locking tuners put in a new switch, CTS pots, orange drop caps and am thinking of changing the bridge from the block saddles to stamped Callahams. Is this worth it or will I notice no difference outside of aesthetics? Should I also consider changing the plate?
     
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    Does it intonate well?
    Other than that, a change will be pretty subtel
     
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    Consider that Music Man only puts stamped steel on their main models. I think there is some added zing.
    I'd do it.
     
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    Are the current saddles chromed zinc or steel? I like stamped saddles aesthetics wise and any type of saddle that isn't made of cast zinc are generally an improvement as zinc is soft and binds to the strings (usually causes issues on tremolo/vibrato-equipped guitars). I think a lot of Callaham stuff is overpriced, I think a hardtail Strat bridge costs £100 and you can get genuine fender one for £20 and I bet the Callaham saddles cost more the Fender bridge alone.

    The stuff they make will obviously be very nice but you can spend £15 and get something that will function just as well because at the end of the day a steel saddle is a steel saddle and doesn't have a lot of engineering involved.
     
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    Most of the 'block ' saddles companies pass off, are potmetal, reguardless of description.
    ' powdered steel' is one fender threw out there for a while.
     
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    It is block saddles so thought maybe the stamped Fender might be a tonal improvement. Not sure if the plate material will have an effect.Would be looking into the '72 Deluxe saddles and plate from Fender but if the upgrade is lateral I would rather just save my money. Could I also just use Fender strat stamped steel and put that on my existing plate if the plate material is a tonal moot point?
     
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    Yeah just use the strat ones, (that most fools throw away )
    Bridge is not a moot tonal, point, either way, thou.
    Steel barrel types might be my prefference, but I like the stamped peices just fine.
     
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    I changed zinc block saddles out of an old Squier Bullet, and it has a different sound--I could agree with "more zing" statements. I used Callaham saddles with a MIM spacing. I didn't change the plate because it's steel and does it's job just fine.

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    That is the same plate I have in mine except mine is a string through. It's a 2003 Squier Deluxe made in Indonesia btw. Will check out Callaham site
     
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    What pickups are those? Are they quiet or do you get 60 cycle hum?
     
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    Fender stamped steel might be a little cheaper, but I’m not keen on the types out there.
     
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    Run of the mill GFS Surf 90s, basically a Strat sized coil with oversized A2 slugs, a Dynasonic approximation. The small screws are not adjustment related, purely cosmetic. I like ‘em in a pinch.
     
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    Ordered the fender stamped steel 2 1/16 spacing which I think will do better than the zinc/potted metal block saddles that are on there now. Will report back
     
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    Guilty.:) I hate those things.

    I keep the screws and springs as spares, though. I'm not a total fool.
     
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