trying to decide on saddles for a 72 Tele custom build. thoughts or recommendations?

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  1. tamer_of_banthas

    tamer_of_banthas Tele-Meister

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    hey gang,

    so i was thinking on the following sets of saddles:

    * rutter's 1/4" steel broadcaster set (compensated)
    * a mixed set of the Gotoh inTune compensated saddles ( maybe titanium E / A, and brass for the rest )
    * mixed set of compensated Philadelphia Luthier Supplly saddles ( same as above )
    * the Glendale 59 steel set ( sadly, these do not come stock with a groove or notch for each string to rest in )

    i know Boris B. recommends the standard Fender brand compensated brass saddles you can get for not much money on Darren Riley. i have not ruled those out yet, but i am leaning away from them because they might not look the part. not that anyone who does not already post on TDPRI would ever notice = ]

    does anyone have experience with all four of these? i'm thinking that i will just put them on a standard Fender bridge-plate. nothing special there.

    thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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    On my last 2 builds I've used the titanium compensated saddles and love them. Brighter than brass but not as bright as steel.
     
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    3AA45868-03DF-46FB-AD57-2B783DF6E39A.jpeg I have a set of saddles from a highway 1 tele I’m not using if you want them. Not sure what they’re made of but they look like steel or chrome.
     
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    i appreciate the offer sir, but i already have a set of these kicking around in my parts drawer. thank you though!

     
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    No problem. Did you try them yet? You may not need to buy new ones. I thought they were decent, but I just prefer the warmer tone of brass saddles.
     
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    yea that is part of my dilemma. i am pretty happy with the stock saddles but i can definitely hear where some chords are "out" w. regard to the intonation. i am leaning towards the Rutter's just because they have the most consistently positive reviews on this site.

     
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    Marc Rutters makes some nice stuff. Couldn't go wrong there.

    Don't dismiss the Fender's. I have a set on a partscaster and they work just fine. Around $20 I think.

    Could Boris be wrong? No, not possible.:)
     
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