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Vintage style bridge for player series (lefty)..?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Simmoz, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Simmoz

    Simmoz TDPRI Member

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    Hi all,

    New tele owner here. Just picked up a butterscotch player series and looking to give it more of a vintage vibe.
    I just tried the Wilkinson wtb and it didn't fit.
    Does anyone know of a vintage style bridge to fit the player series?
     
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  2. Telecentric

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    When switching from a modern 6 saddle bridge to a vintage style 3 saddle bridge, you have to be willing to do some drilling, as there is no direct replacement. It's been done here hundreds of times, in a couple of different ways. If your focus is 3 brass saddles, you can do the "bubba Mod". If you want the vintage style plate with the sides as well, get out your drill. The biggest difference is the vintage bridge has 4 mounting screws, and the modern has 3

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    Also, it is likely that there will be a slight bit of the pickup route visible along the upper side of the bridge, aka 'butt crack'
     
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  3. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Poster Extraordinaire

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    I was under the impression that the
    Player series has the same screw pattern (4 mounting screw holes in front of 6 string-through holes) that the Standard series had, and that a vintage-style bridge would drop right in, as it did on the Standard.

    What prevented the Wilkinson from fitting? Did the holes not line up, or was it another factor?
     
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  4. Simmoz

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    Thanks for the info.
    The player series has the 4 mounting holes though. I thought all the 4 hole mount bridges either modern or vintage were interchangeable ...

    The Wilkinson wtb bridge I tried almost fit, but when mounted with the pickup the holes bridge were about 5mm too far forward.
     
  5. nojazzhere

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    I would've thought the Wilkinson would have fit.....? I recently built a Tele, right hand, but I used a left handed bridge for the "reversed" slant on pickup. I DID have to do additional routing to allow for the pickup (since my body was right-hand routed) but I was expecting that. BTW....I think I really like the reverse slant! ;)
     
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  6. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Poster Extraordinaire

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    Bummer.

    I wish I could help, but I don't know what will fit if a Wilkinson won't. Good luck.
     
  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Can you post an image of your new guitar, with the replacement bridge plate laying over it?

    Thanks.
     
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    I believe that the Player Series mostly (or all ?) have 22 fret necks with no overhang (unlike the more common 22 frets with overhang). So the bridge position and neck pocket are unique to those. I am not sure how they implemented the bridge, ie whether there are generic bridges that fit, or if only an "MP" bridge fits.

    Edit: I was mistakenly thinking of the Modern Players in the above.
     
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  9. LutherBurger

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    I just looked at a close-up photo of a 22-fret Player series (Mexico) neck. It definitely has the overhang. You're thinking of the Modern Player series (China) necks, which are different.

    I think the Modern Player Teles all came with hardtail Strat bridges. The Player series Tele bridges look like the now-extinct Standard series bridges, but if what @Simmoz says is true, they are not the same... at least not the left-handed version.
     
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    Yes, you're right ... I was mistakenly thinking of the Modern Players. Thanks for the catch.
     
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  12. Simmoz

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    EF91D79F-0F1D-4974-A928-EF0DF07FF518.jpeg Well I ended up getting a fender pat plate from Darren Riley which was the only place I could find a lefty version. Was ridiculously expensive once postage and import tax was added (I’m in the uk) but.. It fits. Looks great and sounds a bit different. Using Gotoh comp saddles.

    Have no idea what was up with the Wilkinson, which should have been the same size surely.
    Anyway super happy with my tele now, really didn’t like the look of modern bridge.
     
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  13. Lefty Addams

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    Yes, Fender stopped furnishing us lefties a long time ago. LH bridge plates are pretty thin on the ground now.

    Glad you got sorted out.
     
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