Threaded saddles

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  1. Chip

    Chip Tele-Afflicted

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    Does anyone know a source for accurate threaded saddles. I have a set of Fender reissue saddles but the thread count isn’t close to what they used to be.

    Here’s the reissue saddles....
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    And a few vintage examples....
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    Notice how many more threads there are on the vintage saddles compared to the reissue?
    It seems like it would be a lot easier to fine tune the string spacing on the old vintage saddles.

    so, does anyone know where I could find more accurate saddles?
     
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    Glendale Groovy 60s look interesting.

    https://glendaleguitars.com/saddles/

    Cold rolled steel, tilt-compensated, and get this: the threads are fine on the B/E, and very coarse on the E/A. About 'normal' for the D/G. Kinda makes sense, as there's no way your fat bass strings are gonna sit down in those vintage threads properly. Wonder if that's what prompted Fender to 'split the difference'?
     
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  3. Dacious

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    The Reissue saddles work fine esp for anchoring bigger strings. Those SOBs aren't going anywhere even for demon benders.
     
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    Rutters has some that look similar to Fender's reissue, I think, but they're nickel-plated brass, for a warmer tone. For those who want that...
     
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    I like 'em . Had some in a Japanese lawsuit in the 80s. You can get the sting perfectly straight in alignment to the nut.
     
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    With so many tightly spaced threads say bye bye to your wound strings.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing I don’t know where to get vintage style saddles and understand wanting vintage accuracy but there is a reason fender made the new ones that way for our modern playing needs
    Looks like slipping strings waiting to happen if you happen to be heavy handed
     
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    I always think of those threaded/grooved saddles as the string breakers. You must like flatwounds. Those saddles are why I stopped bothering to play Jazzmasters(this was years before somebody started making aftermarket single groove saddles for Jazzmaster bridges). Congrats that you actually like them. They just always busted strings when I played them, and I have a fairly light touch with my right hand.
     
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    I don't think the wound strings on a set of half rounds or flats, would stay put on the saddles with a really fine thread pattern. But, my experience was with strings in the range of 12s or maybe 11s. I didn't play Teles then, and a major reason, I think in retrospect was how badly they seemed to be set up. Even with the larger number of places to position a string, they still never ended up in the correct position. I am just one more guitar guy who finally gave in to the idea of Teles, because of Vintique and Bill Callaham and a solid way to position the strings and get some intonation.
     
  10. Chip

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    Thanks for the responses guys. I’m not sure if I agree with the string slippage issue. I have a Tele copy that has the old style threaded saddles and I never had an issue. Maybe I’m not that aggressive a picker.
     
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