Thin Strings on vintage Bridge

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  1. Paulito

    Paulito TDPRI Member

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    Hey there,
    i prefer to play a set of 8-36 Gauge Strings. Now i m thinking of getting a Tele that has 3 vintage-like Saddles. I know that intonation in general is a bit off with that kind of bridge. Would some thin Strings emphasize this issue ?

    Thanks in Advance and gretings
    Paul
     
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    Fretting out Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don’t see why it would be more pronounced than any other strings

    Remember guitar is an instrument of relative tuning anyway, no guitar has “perfect” intonation they are just close enough

    (Maybe relative tuning isn’t the right term, you guys know what I mean), I’m rambling again

    I say give er a try, there’s lots of folks here that play 9’s, couldn’t be that different
     
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    One thing I have noticed since going from 010-046 to 010-038 is that they "intonate" much better on a stock 3 saddle bridge at the 12th fret,almost 100%
     
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    11-54…
    I can’t feel my hands anymore, but my got it sounds good!
     

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    Fretting out Doctor of Teleocity

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    Is that a 54 style pickup cover?


    Oh.....and 12-52! Wound-G! Take that fingers!
     
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    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    I’ve used 8’s on a vintage set up - no problems. Went back to 9’s because they felt better.
     
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    Have a look for the Rick Beato video on YouTube “You’re probably using the wrong strings” as they do a really good comparison of 11s down to 8s. And they make a good point that back in the day, most of the well known players (including those who would have been playing Esquires and Teles with the standard three saddle bridge) were playing 8s without any issues. I actually prefer the vintage style three saddle bridge - there are videos elsewhere on YouTube showing how to get it to intonate more accurately. I use knurled/threaded steel saddles and they’re much more forgiving when trying to get string spacing right and I don’t have any intonation issues.
     
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    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    The only issue with intonation on old style bridges is that two strings share each saddle. Nowadays, you can get straight saddles that compensate for this, while only barely affecting the look of the guitar. It used to be that you'd file these angled slots into your saddles at home. Now, you can get them pre-done for you.
     
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    Timbresmith1 Tele-Afflicted

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    8’s? When? I
    Call BS.
    In the early 80’s 9’s were the lightest you could find, and most of the stores would look at you funny if you bought anything lighter than 10’s.
     
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    Maybe in Austin.
    In NY where I lived 08-038 sets (and the 010-038 Fender R & R set that I prefer and back than was the standard) were everywhere.
    And of course nobody looked at me funny when I bought light gauge strings.
    Maybe it was a Texas thing :)
    (Heck even in Greece almost everyone used 08s & 09s)
    The myth that "heavier is better" started when SRV became really famous ,in the late 80s, and dentists and lawyers who play "da blueZ" started imitating him :D)
    Almost everyone who played rock in the late 60s and 70s used the standard 010-038 and many used 08-038.
     
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    Timbresmith1 Tele-Afflicted

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    It wasn’t Austin, and it was well before SRV.
    10’s, yeah. I was setting guitars up professionally starting in ‘82. There may have been 1 guy out of several hundred that wanted 8’s.
    But, back on track.
    8-36 should intonate reasonably well on a 3 saddle bridge.
     
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    Watch the video - they’re not just talking about the 80s. The Tele/Esquire three saddle bridge was approaching thirty years old by then - a lot of 60s/70s players used 8s.
     
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