Three-Saddle Bridges: A Love Story

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  1. KW1977

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    No shortage of evidence to back this one up. A large part of the Tele “thing” is three saddles and a stamped steel plate. I’ve even bought nicer, “improved” bridges and came back to the ole Fender ashtray.
     
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    Used to have an American Special that came with a vintage type bridge. I went a similar route and put in some angle-drilled saddles and 5 of the six strings intonated perfectly and the other one was close enough. I believe with fewer moving parts you get a more solid tone with more sustain. Better is subjective, but It's clearly different. I put the Wilkinson three saddle on both by partscasters and love them.
     
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    I have two Wilkinson with three beveled saddles and they're great, but I want another with a 70s style machined brass one. Popular with gigging club players back then. That's a great sound too.
     
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    The full brass plate is one I have yet to try but I’d like to one day. Same vote for Wilkinson - hard to beat for the money.
     
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    man, that's a tasty colour!!
     
  6. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    I have 3 saddle barrels bridge on my old '76 Tele... it's fine.

    I have 6 saddle bridge on a Squier Tele... it's fine.

    I have a 3 saddle brass barrel bridge on a Schecter Tele... it's fine.

    I have/had Gibsons and Epi's with various stop tail assemblies... they're fine, and were fine.

    Trapeze, style too... all, ok.

    My point is that I kinda like the feel of all the differences between them.

    And, the slight sonic differences, too.

    imo.
     
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    To each their own, I don't think I can hear much difference. There is something to be said for less intonation for a vintage feel though, especially on open chords.
     
  8. shallbe

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    The compensated 3 barrel saddles intonate wonderfully in most cases. Not all are the same, and there are A LOT of choices. Styles, shapes, materials, screws.

    I'm not saying I wouldn't own a 6 saddle Tele, but I never have. I want the three barrel, with the right adjusters that don't stick up in your hand.

    I also like the bridge plate itself, the sound and the looks.

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  9. 76standard

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    That guitar sounds huge as a 12-string. It’s not often you see, let alone hear, a 12-string. Cool use of the tractor. He would have fit in with the Grateful Dead.
     
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    I have the Wilkinson’s on my ‘05 Tele and they work great.
     
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    I have never like the look / feel of the six saddle bridge. The way they look alone is enough of a turn off. They simply don't fit the esthetics of the guitar ........ they just don't.

    Intonation is their major benefit.


    However there are so many elegant solutions for the original bridge AND the original design fits the design of the Tele then one might ask, "What's the point"?

    Gary
     
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    Rutters all day long!
     
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    I've been meaning to ask due to alignment problem

    my Telecopy has stock chromed 3 barrel that are impossible to adjust so ALL 6 strings aligned in perfection with the bridge pickup poles (the high E and the B always annoyingly hanging lower)

    Since i don't want 6 block saddles, any suggestion for brands known for perfect alignment of 3 barrel saddles?

    Do i need to replace my bridge plate?

    Thank you very much
     
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    pics please
     
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    I switched from 6 saddle bridge to a 3 barrel brass compensated and found I preferred it.
    It was easier to intonate, looks nicer, and I also feel it plays and sounds better.
     
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  16. Jay Jernigan

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    I changed the steel saddles on a Squier CV Thinline to brass and it was like a different guitar.
    Also, as an experiment, I changed the tune-o-matic on a Paul to a solid brass Earl Slick job and never looked back. I like brass for bridge work.
     
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    I’ve had both and like both. I’ve swapped saddles and bridges but have got to a point where I leave them alone if the part quality is good. Six and three saddles both sound like teles to my ear. There’s an interaction between the saddles, bridge plate, and would that can affect the resonance/sustain balance of the guitar and I find each instrument has a sweet spot.

    My pine tele sounds best with the big, chunky 3 barrel chrome plated saddles I got it with. I had a no-name Tele with a steel six saddle and an alder body that twanged like crazy with decent sustain.
     
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  18. tomasz

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    In the end, it's all marketing and options. Whatever you have, they will convince you to try an upgrade and you will go for it, claiming it made a change. Just to try something else a few months later.

    Ditch the unrelevant. Play music ;)
    (At least that's what I keep telling myself. Don't ask me how this goes)
     
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    How's that going? :twisted:
     
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    The cool factor, i.e. vibe/mojo is undeniably important...and the 3's have it in spades...
     
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