I just put Gotohs on mine last night and am very happy. Right away getting the guitar intonated was a breeze and it sounds great.I just ordered the Gotoh saddles. Think they will work out splendidly.
Thanks for all the responses. Glad I made this a poll. Found it very interesting. Read a lot of previous posts about the subject, but never could gauge which way the community went. The generality is that Fender and Gibson people are very traditional when it comes to guitars. I'll cop to that. But 3/4 of people who answered the polls prefer intonated saddles to traditional saddles. It might just be a quirk to Teles because of how antiquated the original saddles are. I know Strat guys love their bent steel saddles and Les Paul guys love ABR-1. Maybe because they were so adjustable from the start. Didn't need updating.
How do they compare with the others? I have had the Wilkensons on one guitar. They were good. On my current Tele, I’ve got two StewMac tilting barrels, and a Philadelphia luthier supply compensated one for the e/a strings. It’s a little tricky to string height correct because it’s a Squier classic vibe Tele 50s pine body with a fender fat 51(?) U shape neck. And to top it off, I installed a new nut, which I’ve never done before. I’ve been thinking about the Bensonites, but I realize I’m just getting ridiculous about perfect tuning.
I like the Fender plate more. I put one on my Squier classic vibe Tele and a fender neck( fat U shape) so that besides playing a lot nicer, it looks like a true fender.Confirms my suspicions. I wouldnt use the Wilkinson bridge plate. Yeah its more polished and prettier than the Fender one. But even though it is thicker the metal is more flimsy compared to the Fender which feels more beefier when you flex it even though its the thinner one. It also says made by Sung IL. Its Made in China and who know what kind of pot metal its made out of. The Fender Plate is made in the USA and def Steel sheet metal. The Wilkinson is higher profile so it ll get in the way more and the some of holes dont line in the same spot as the Fender. My Fender Plate has Gotoh saddles and I can tell just rubbing my finger nail on them that the Gotoh is a much harder brass and the Wilkinson is softer. Some people have had good sucess with the Wilkinson but I would just caution those who are looking to buy this. China is known for doing a nice chrome job on some parts while meanwhile the metal or materials underneath are junk. Ill take Fenders less refined plate and finish anyday from what I just observed. Its a vintage style bridge after all. The Gotah Saddles are made in Japan so thats good.
I did confirm the Wilkinson plate does take a magnet so it is some sort of ferrous metal. But it is def more flimsy than the Fender one even being thicker than the Fender one. Its going back to Amazon.
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Are you relying on just an electronic tuner? If so it will only tell you that individual strings are at the correct pitch, but not when chords are played. I always have to sweeten the tuning a little after using a tuner; drop the bottom E a hair, likewise the top E. If, for example, you play a 'perfectly' in tune first position D-chord followed by an Am, the top E on the Am will sound unacceptably flat, and vice versa the top E will sound sharp if the Am is 'perfectly' in tune according to the tuner. My ears are much more sensitive to tuning nuance than a tuner, and I can happily live with just them and an A=440 fork for tuning.Bought myself a new USA Performer a month or so ago… great guitar but I’m am getting slightly obsessed with the open D chord sounding slightly ‘off’.. could be the fatter frets and my vice like grip… or: is this something I’ve got to live with if I want to stick with the stock (uncompensated) brass saddles?