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Well known players that use a 6 saddle bridge?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rich2k4, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. rich2k4

    rich2k4 TDPRI Member

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    Besides Bent Mason? Since I always hear the 6 saddle bridge suck out the tone of the Tele, would you say these people aren't able to get a twangy tone?
     
  2. Chris H.

    Chris H. Tele-Afflicted

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    Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Andy Summers, Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, James Burton. 3 saddles or 6 choose whichever you want.
     
  3. rebelwoclue

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    As many or more than those that use the 3 barrel, I reckon. Many pickers don't like the lip on the bridge plate either- gets in the way of certain technique. No problem getting twang.
     
  4. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Anyone who says a 6 saddle bridge has the ability to "suck out the tone of the Tele" (as well as the twang), is definitely over-exaggerating to the 'enth degree, and any noticeable difference would be subtle at best (and not necessarily in a negative way either).

    I personally like the appearance of a brass 3-saddle bridge myself, but would never claim that it sounds "better".

    I once had the "alternate" 6-saddle bridge mounted on my 2003 Fender '52 AVRI Tele and, although I later reversed it back to 3-saddle because I didn't like how it looked, I can't say I ever noticed any hugely profound difference in how it sounded.

    I also swapped the original 6-saddle "barrel" style bridge on my 1996 Fender Std Tele with an American Standard "block" style and it twanged just fine either way.

    People need to be careful not to let their personal preferences skew their hearing...




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  5. kinkstah

    kinkstah Tele-Afflicted

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    Albert Collins used a 6 saddles bridge (vintage style saddles), and was known as the 'IceMan' (referencing to his legendary icy/trebly sound). Twang is in the Tele bridge PU (and in the fingers) IMHO
     
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    darkwaters Friend of Leo's

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    This old guy looks pretty happy with his (although, technically, it's a 5 saddle):

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    Kotzen
     
  8. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Terry Kath may have been the first doing it around '74.
     

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    4telecaster4 Tele-Meister

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    Will McFarlane with his 55 tele with 6 saddle bridge added. Just go to youtube type in... super reverb telecaster
     
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    The late great Joe Strummer
     
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    They even make a two barrel.
     
  12. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    pretty much every one

    you cant suck tone no more than you can lick color
    or snort sound
     
  13. superbadj

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    This should be your sig. It's a great line.
     
  14. FenderBender10

    FenderBender10 Tele-Holic

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    I love snorting a fat line of sound.
     
  15. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Many fantastic musicians use them.

    So long as you're as good as them, or better, you're all set.

    If you're not as good as your heroes, and you wanna stay that way...............

    ;)

    Jes' Sayin'
     
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    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

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    You can add Scotty Anderson to that 6-saddle list. Possibly the finest Tele picker I've ever heard.

    Also, Tone is in the fingers, not the bridge. So a great player can make 6 and 3 saddle Teles Twang.
     
  17. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

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    I dont hear a lot of difference between a three saddle and a six saddle.

    There may actually be a tiny bit, but, I dont split hairs like that. Not interested. Get me in the ballpark, turn it up, and let it rip, tater chip.
     
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    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    I can hear a difference but it's not really better or worse and it's negligible. I think each player should use what they like.

    Compensated 3 barrel bridges work best for me overall but the man that led me to the tele, Prince, uses a 6 saddle bridge.

    I've used 6 saddle, 6 barrel, 3 barrel brass, angled compensated brass and cold rolled steel, subtly compensated (grooves cut into the saddle) chromed steel and titanium 3 barrel. I like the Rutters chromed steel subtly compensated and the Gotoh titanium subtly compensated bridges for comfort, looks and overall character of sound which is nice and clear and bright. Also, I'm lazy and 3 screws for intonation takes less time to set.
     
  19. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    A lot of the difference is down at a fine level of detail, that some folks don't care much about.

    The high end pro musician usually has a Guitar Tech, someone handy who can make small adjustments to the saddles to keep the strings positioned so they won't play off the edge of the board. Ya'll got a full time guitar tech? Good for you if you do; otherwise, if you use a 6 saddle bridge with unstable and/or widely spaced saddles, and you just "plug in and go" or "let 'er rip" or "git 'er dun" and you don't sound as good as you should - don't worry about it. The audience probably was too drunk to notice. :^
     
  20. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

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    I sound as good as I sound on a six saddle as on a three saddle.

    End of story.
     
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