Vintage Brass/Steel Saddles

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  1. IanUk72

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    Hi, I have had a Squier Affinity Tele for a few years, with a modern bridge, great guitar for the money, but you do get what you pay for, tuners, all or nothing pots etc..

    I have always wanted a Fender Tele and am now in a position to buy a standard. I play blues most of the time, with lots of strings bends and the vintage steel/brass saddles, can the strings move at the bridge, as they appear to be round with nothing to hold the string in place?

    This my be a stupid question, but I would rather know before buying, thanks.
     
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    Welcome to the forum!

    With the exception of a Strat and one Tele.

    I have five Tele's that have vintage brass or steel saddles. Never experienced any movement of the strings.

    I know some people complain about it. Maybe if you do some Townsend windmills you might have some problems.

    There are brass saddles out there that have grooves or you can make your own grooves in them. Brass is a fairly soft metal. Check out the "Bensonite" saddles in the "Vendor" section. You're strings would never wander with those. Although not vintage looking.

    You can also get threaded steel saddles.

    I wouldn't worry about it until the problem manifests itself. If it ever does.
     
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    Great, thanks, I thought as much, just wanted to get a second opinion, cheers.
     
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    Welcome also . My CS Rosewood Tele came with threaded steel saddles . Sounds and plays just fine and the strings aren't shifting around no matter how much you try to bend them .
     
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    The break angle creates plenty of tension to hold them in place. Once they are up to pitch, it's actually really hard to move them even if you want to.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    What @tfarny said. Fender has been making them with barrel saddles since about 1950 and they still work fine.
     
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    Thanks guys, I know if they were an issue they would have remedied it long ago, appreciate the input.
     
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    Steel 70s saddles have grooves. 60s had screw threads, I have/had them and find they're good.

    Had two brass barrel Teles, no problem with them either. Many people try to 'fix' tuning problems that are caused by something else.
     

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    I moved my E strings inward to move them away from the edge, with a bit of force they actually moved. (They moved back after a while). So if straight, you won't need to worry about it.
     
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