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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jazzalta, Nov 11, 2018.
Is it normal to have a bridge gap like this?
The guitar is an American Special.
They have fun names for it here though.
Yes. That's what is known as the "butt crack."
No. But the original Tele bridge barely covers the pickup route, so, just a little 1-2mm misalignment is sufficient to reveal such gap.
Anyone could tell the gap is "frequent", but "normal"? Makes me think that it's part of the deal... Never mind, I'm just an obsessive.
"Close enough for ornamental work..."!
go make music!
Got it...forgot about vintage specs and the ashtray. Thanks folks.
More reading about TELECASTER stuff and less talking about
cargo shorts, dead relatives, breakfast foods, favorite record albums, favorite colors, car accidents, the weather, TV shows, etc. .... and folks might read and remember that this traumatic routed gap has been discussed .... a LOT.... BEFORE.
That's why I like "zombie threads".... they're often filled with real info about Telecaster style guitars.
Now- on to what those circular holes under MIM pickguards might be...
That’s easy, they’re crop circles.
Original Telecasters came with bridge covers. These covers concealed the small hole that is the pickup cavity peeking out at the side of the bridge plate.
Players would take them off because they interfered with playing close to the bridge and made palm muting impossible.
Often an inverted cover would used as an ashtray, hence the term ashtray became a colloquial name for the cover.
Later people started using the term, ashtray (wrongly) to refer to the bridge plate itself.
The cover also explains why the bridge plate is only buffed to a shiny finish north of the bridge pickup where it could be seen.
In my opinion it doesn't make sense to use the original style bridge plate because it's crude and the raised sides interfere with picking.
I much prefer a finished plate with the sides cut down or no sides.
It would be abnormal on models with this style of plate, not to have a gap. Sometimes it migrates to the other side - sometimes it is shared, both sides.
However a number of Fender Custom Shop models that supposedly are authentic, don't have this feature.
The Buttcrack always existed in fact, but the descriptive term did not precede my appearance on TDPRI. I remember floating the term after it popped up in my brain. It may be all I've got to claim credit for! :^)
Is that a lefty? Mine are usually on the other side...
No, it's not a lefty. The crack appears on the treble side, but if one looks close enough there is a sliver of one on the bass side too. I may or may or not replace the bridge, but the guitar sounds great as is.
I was just kidding. Can happen on any side, and it's a complete non-issue, IMO.
Glad you chimed in Boris, my memory not so good.
So, you’re an Urban Legend?
yeah we've been bytchin' about 'em for the 15 years've been here... judicious assembly can conceal it, but that requires a good understanding of the basic geometry of a Strung tele and how to manipulate it... also "rebuilding" the guitar WILL alter the baseline voice too... are ya feeling lucky?
Good news, you cannot hear the "butt-crack" . and if you can play no one's gonna give a shi* about it either... always remember, it doesn't matter what kinda visual "mess" your guitar may be suffering from, great playing covers it up every time...
is the Fender plate width the same as Wilkinson and others?