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Suggestions for new saddles?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by homerkp, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. homerkp

    homerkp TDPRI Member

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    So I've been playing a Mexican Tele for 15 years or so (it's an early 2000's model). I was recently gigging nightly and I started to break strings like crazy. Someone pointed out my old saddles and I saw that they were the culprit (really jagged crevices).

    So I'm looking to either replace the saddles, or perhaps upgrade. Problem is I have no experience with this type of thing and I've noticed there are TONS of options to choose from.

    I've been looking at the classic brass saddles, both for the look and the sound. The sound definitely seems richer, fuller, more character, but it also seems to add some specific high frequencies that seem a little shrill to my ear. I know that's exactly what typically sets the Tele apart, I'm just not so sure it's what I want. I understand you can get "compensated" ones that don't have the same intonation issues that the classic brass ones have.

    Even if I decide to get brass saddles though, this is the bridge I'm currently working with, not the brand, but at least in design: https://www.thomann.de/gr/gotoh_hw_40c.htm

    Is there a brass saddle set that won't require me to drill more holes in the guitar? Also is there one like that without the ashtray thing jutting out? I did quite a bit of searching but couldn't find that combination.

    My other options is to just replace the bridge or saddles I have with the same. But I'd rather get something better to improve the sound and longevity.

    I'm also open to new suggestions if anyone would like to share some.
     
  2. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    If you have a 4-hole bridge mount, most of the aftermarket options will work for you.
     
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    If all you need are brass saddles or the whole enchillada. These are worth looking at.
     
  4. teletimetx

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    since you are in Greece and are familiar with Thomann - here's their offering of Fender product that should work for you - see the four holes below the brass saddles? If that's what your current tele has, this should work for you:

    https://www.thomann.de/gr/fender_vintage_tele_bridge_245666.htm

    that being said, will the upturned edges of the bridge plate be a problem? If so, here's a 3-brass saddle Gotoh product, available from Allparts UK, still 4-hole compatible:

    https://www.allparts.uk.com/product...ge-for-tele-cut-down-sides-2-1-8-54mm-spacing
     
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  5. Bob168

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    Try Crazy Parts in Germany (crazyparts.de). You can choose a baseplate and add compensated saddles. Quality stuff and plenty of options. I'm pretty sure they ship to Greece.

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    Sorry, I meant to say bridge plate. Baseplate is something else entirely.

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    Are you sure you want to replace them? You might be able to file the surface of the saddle smooth again fairly easily. They could last you another 15 years.
     
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    Have you seen the bridge and saddles on G&L ASAT's? IMHO best there ever has been and likely the best there ever will be.

    That is subject to change at any minute.
     
  9. homerkp

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    Thanks for the replies. I've narrowed it down to four options, each of which have the brass saddles but without the entire ashtray thing that juts out. I don't know which of these is suitable though. I plan to buy the new bridge saddle and then bring the guitar to a tech. Is there any way to know which of these will be best for my guitar intonation wise? I don't know how to determine whether I need regular ones, compensated, or "in-tune" ones.

    https://www.thomann.de/gr/harley_be...e4AbUPxPptkibk5UE5bTK1e_I5tyR2QfwBqK5M1r3h32w

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=264467678515

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=254159808513

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=142660212028
     
  10. homerkp

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    Got called back to an island for another 10 days of gigs. I'm gonna have to take you up on that and file them down. Hopefully it'll get me through the gigs and I'll upgrade later! Thanks for the suggestion! It'll be a little awkward though cause I'll have to buy a file there and do in the bar after I break strings.
     
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    The Harley Benton ones look interesting, but I'm not sure you need a variable angle adjustment — my Glendale compensated saddles have the angles pre-set for each pair of strings, and they intonate very accurately. I would assume the Gotoh ones do as well — plus the Gotohs have grooves to guide the strings, so they definitely won't hit the posts.
     
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