Vintage-modern bridge prototype - aluminum or brass?

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  1. Kmaxbrady

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    This bridge is aluminum. No plating, just raw polished. I’m planning on making these in brass once I’ve dialed in the design. Any interest in aluminum though? It would be light weight and a little more affordable.
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    It's wild how much that looks like chrome. Must be the lighting.
     
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    Yeah aluminum can polish up really nice. But it scratches very easily.
     
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    Nickel plating would look killer
     
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    are those milled? what do they look like before you polish them?
     
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    regarding bill and aluminum and .. all that scientific stuff he said, do anodyzed aluminum pickguards change the way a strat sounds? and would a chopped aluminum bridge cause the same issues? I'm not a real believer even in the, tele twang has much to do with the pickup mounted in the bridge thing. I have a couple teles with chopped bridges and the pickups just screwed into the wood, and they are plenty twangy as far as I can tell.
     
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    No real experience here but apparently the 59 jazzmasters (anodized guard) sound a little different than 60 jazzmasters (tort guard) I guess it has to do with shielding

    Can us average mortals hear the difference? Maybe....
     
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    yes, milled from a solid block. I didn’t get any pics before polish, but we’ll be making more on Monday.
     
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    I think on bridge plates, the heavier the better. What's annoying about Tele bridge options is the lack of options for 3-screw mounting. And even fewer options if you have 5-screw mounting (3 in the back, 2 up front), as on Elites and Ultras.
     
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    Very nice looking, especially with those fat saddles.
     
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    Make one like that with the ashtray sides, that can drop into a Squier Bullet, and you’ll be a thousandaire.
     
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    yeah... squire bullet owners are the perfect target audience for high end, expensive, small production boutique hardware.
     
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    We’ll get on with your bad bridge-making, then. My idea would never sell, what with those things everywhere and all.
     
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    It's not my bridge making, I'm just a random wise acre. There are tons of the bullets (I have an affinity myself) but I like them bullets too, I'm just saying, I bet the price point on these bridge plates (estimating from the price point on the saddles) is not what I'd put on a squire. Guitar fetish should make an ashtray for squires, they could stamp it Wilkinson, and

     
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    What I would really like is a polished aluminum one without the pickup cut out - just a blank plate version. Also, I need it drilled to be a top loader, with only top load holes and no through body holes. I would buy your brass saddles as well. Is this possible?
     
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    Definitely possible. I’m not ready to take custom orders yet, still working out the design for the standard plate, and there would be some additional cost.
     
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    I understand that it will cost more. Can you somehow let me know when you can do it?
     
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    why don't you PM with an offer of how much you are willing to pay for it!!
     
  20. Kmaxbrady

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    Sure, send me an email, I’ll hold on to it and get back to you
    Kendall@bradymfg.net
     
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