Vibrato Options for Telecaster

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  1. horseman308

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    Have you seen a tele style guitar with strat style tremelo & humbuckers? Many players install good pickups and gig these cheap rondomusic.com tele copies.

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    I've been aware of Rondo for years and have bought guitars from them in the past! I already have the tele I want to use for the bigsby though. I also thought about putting in a strat style trem, but I imagine the top load and the extra string length required for a bigsby definitely adds something unique to the tone that a strat trem doesn't have.
     
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    Been down the vibrato rabbit hole. I ended up with the M4.1 on my B5 Tele and it's one of the best you can expect from a non-locking trem. I can bottom the arm to the body and drop 2 whole tones (on some strings) and still get back to pitch within a cent or two. I also use the M1 on my JMs, good as well but he Bigsby has more range.
     
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    And there's no wear in the mastery bridge with the strings sliding over it as opposed to rocking with it?


    No wear to speak of.
     
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    Have you seen the "Jazz Tele" in the parallel universe series?

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    My solution was a Warmoth roasted swamp ash body routed for a strat style trem. Turned out great!

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    My guitar has the regular, M1 Mastery bridge on it. I used to use the 3-saddle standard tele bridge, with Dremeled notches on the back for the strings to pass. The Mastery is much better: more stable both in tuning and in the saddles staying put after adjustment, with a snappier, more resonant sound. I use the vibrato like Neil Young, and my guitar most stays in tune. The Mastery might not be worth it for everyone because it's so expensive and not traditional, but I think it's the best thing out there.
     
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    Yep, or DIY like I did ( ).
     
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    I'll just drop this here.....

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