I like vintage bridges. What I like mostly is that I can hook my pinky finger on the underside of the bridge to 'keep my place' when picking. For years, I've been wanting to swap out the modern bridge for a vintage bridge on my 2008 Indonesian-made Squier Standard Telecaster. I bought it used back in August, 2012 for $170 CAD. I was working at an 8-week oil-refinery maintenance turnaround just outside Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta at the time. I was browsing Kijiji on my iPhone during my coffee break when I saw it for sale. I sent the seller a message and we agreed to meet at the nearby Fort Saskatchewan Walmart parking lot after work. I met the seller after work, had a look at the Telecaster, saw that it was in excellent condition and $170 changed hands. I've done some mods to this guitar: 1) new Grover Mini Rotomatic tuning machines (great tuners but unnecessary as the stock tuners were fine) - $75 CAD back in 2013 or thereabouts; 2) new Seymour Vintage Rhythm neck pickup - $55 CAD back in 2013 - I wouldn't buy it again; 3) used USA Fender bridge pickup - $45 CAD - I bought on Kijiji and I'm happy with it. Back then, the Canadian dollar was equal to or worth a little more than the US dollar if memory serves. I drilled holes in the pickguard so I'm able to adjust the height of the Seymour Duncan neck pickup. The only thing I didn't change was the bridge. I bought the Wilkinson vintage bridge with compensated saddles on Kijiji for $30 on Kijiji some years ago. But the string-through-the-body holes didn't line up so I didn't install it. I checked StewMac and online for a suitable bridge but no luck there either. I even posted here about it. THEN, I saw this thread. I checked the bridge and lo and behold, it's a TOP LOAD as well as a THRU BODY. I had to drill 4 holes through the bridge to make it work but it works. The screws in the pics are red-colored so that you can see what I did. I'm happy with the TOP LOAD; I hear no discernible difference in the sound and I can hook my pinky finger on the underside of the bridge. At the rear and outside the bridge, where the strings load, I put the 3 screws from the modern bridge back in the holes. The vintage bridge doesn't cover the holes. If you look closely, you can see the 3 screw heads. I also have a Fender vintage bridge but it's not a Top Load. I would have had to drill holes at the back of the bridge to make it work. Not an insurmountable problem though. I also have a new Warmoth Telecaster neck I picked up on Kijiji in Edmonton last year for $200 CAD. The seller told me he paid $400 CAD for it. If the frets wear out, I can always swap out the neck. HALLELUJAH! ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY TELECASTER!! LOL! Here are some pics.