What happens when you put a lefty bridge on a righty tele?

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  1. blowtorch

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    And reverse the slant? I'd think snappier bass and mellower highs? I'm really curious to try this and see what it sounds like.
     
  2. LeftHandedMan

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    Well, unfortunately for the cost of the experiment, the rout hole underneath a standard righthanded bridge wouldn't match the slant of the pickup opening in the new bridge so you'd have to get a body that was set up for that.

    If its something you absolutely are set on, go for it. The thing I wonder about is spending extra money to set this all up, and then being underwhelmed by the result. Prryic victory.

    Glendale guitars had a righthanded guitar with a reversed bridge, and I believe it sparked an interesting debate here after the picture went up.

    I suppose you could experiment with a kind of mini universal bridge rout under the bridge plate on an aleady righthanded bridge, one that works with either style of bridge on it. Or you could order a replacement body with a reversed rout and give it a try.

    The Glendale folks said that they liked what they ended up with, and I think the guitar sold pretty quickly.
     
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    i have never tried one, but considering that almost ev`rybody would like to have mellower highs and propably even tighter bass response i can imagine that it gives some great results.
    i`d really like to try one... but then again i`d have a hard time to play a guitar
    that`s different and looks different.......
     
  4. bo

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    There was a guy in a band my band used to share gigs with around 10 years ago that had that done. Whenever I'd show up at one of their gigs on my own I was always invited to sit in for a few songs and I always got to borrow that Tele. While I have to admit I wasn't paying close attention and it was always a loud crowded bar situation anyway, I'd have to say I didn't really notice any apparent difference. I might change my mind if I had the chance to sit down in a quiet room with it.
     
  5. Ricknew

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    My two main teles, a 72 fender and a Hamer t-51, have had reversed bridge pickups for years. Great bite and spank on the low e, and not a trace of icepick on the high. Don't know why I've seen only one other player do this.
     
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    borrow someone's lefty tele and string it right handed...

    just a thought...
     
  7. renegadetele

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    I would imagine that it would be somewhat similar to Jimi's sound on the bridge position of his strat.

    on a side note, if your bridge was routed for a humbucker, would a lefty bridge work then?
     
  8. trandy16

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    Funny you should bring this up. I'm in the middle of a build project right now that includes a left-handed rout for the bridge pickup.

    Right now I'm just waiting on a neck from USACG.

    Here's the body:

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    Also, the Linhof Telecasters all come with the lefty bridge pickup rout:

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