Which do you like Vintage or Modern Telecaster Bridges.

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  1. viccortes285

    viccortes285 Tele-Afflicted

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    I prefer top loader Bridges on my Tele. Due to it has no advantage to thru the body models. Maybe actually better. With thru the body we ha a extra bend in our string. Gibsons have Sustain and no holes or bend on strings. Your thoughts.
     
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    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

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    So far I really like the vintage three-barrel style, but with compensation. I have never done a comparison of top-loaders and through-the-body Teles in terms of sustain/tone or whatever. And I'm sure I'd be surprised at the results of a controlled experiment.

    At the moment, however, I have a hard time believing that a greater break of angle over the saddles (so long as the saddles are stable) isn't an advantage. Whenever I look at acoustic guitars and play them, I always check the break over the saddles. A good, steep angle makes a lot of difference with acoustics, in my opinion. I hate to see a tiny little saddle because somebody was trying to get the action low by lowering it. That's no good on an acoustic.

    Now perhaps that isn't a good analogy to the through-body versus top-loader Teles, as top-loaders may still have a lot of break over the saddles. But with every guitar, I try to get the angle over the saddles as steep as possible within the range of good action.
     
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    I like the sound (and yes there is an obvious difference) and look of the vintage-type brass saddles, and have not had intonation problems with them. But if I were a professional, I'd probably go for the six modern type saddles.
     
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    I think that since I chose 'modern' in your other thread, I'll choose 'vintage' this time.
     
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    Greater break puts more tension on the strings, less breaks makes it easier to bend strings, so it can be helpful with acoustics and sustain, it really depends on the player as to what’s best. It’s believed with a les Paul, wrap the strings over the stop bar and lowering it all the way to the body gives better sustain and easier bends.
     
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    I have Teles with both the original 3 piece bridge and the newer 6 piece bridge, both with string-through-body design. I have added compensated saddles to the 3 piece bridges so that I can get a little better intonation. I'm enjoying all of them.
    Sometime back I purchased a model with the top loading bridge ans was very disappointed with the lack of sustain. It was very noticeable to me, so I ended up letting it go.
     
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    modern
     
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    vintage,end of story
     
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    I've tried them all, and I have no problem with any of them.
     
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    I've always had vintage bridges on my Teles. But, I did build a parts caster using a Gotoh Modern 6-brass saddle bridge and I have to admit, it sounds great and sets-up better and easier than the vintage bridge.
     
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    Why don't you post this question a THIRD time and see if the responses change any....?
     
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    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

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    I'm sure someone will ask the same thing in a week. Be patient.
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Point is, viccortes285 has TWO posts at this very moment on the same subject.
     
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    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

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    Oh, I noticed...

    And still stand by my original comment...
     
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    My bad on the two post, can a Mod delete one.
    Remember Jimmy Page used a Tele in the Yardbirds and other groups all top loaders. I tried both and wound up using a Vintage for the sound I wanted.
     
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    I currently have the strings wrapped over the stop bar on my Les Paul and, while I can't pinpoint exactly why, I somehow like it better this way, so it may be some sort of "feel" thing...

    The same kind of thing goes with the Tele bridge. My 1996 Fender Standard Telecaster came with the top-loader bridge that I later modified to do both top and a thru-body string mounting.

    I went back and forth a couple times but somehow preferred the thru-body one. Probably more of a preference thing than something more tangible, but now, since I went with a non-top loader Am Std bridge (for an entirely different reason) I'm definitely not going back to the top-loader design any time soon...

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    The difference between a Topload vintage plate T type and the through hole vintage plate T type, is almost entirely the feel, and not the sound others hear.

    Electric guitars are not even supposed to be about sustain - sustain is often detrimental to getting the sounds I'm looking for and the Gibson I have right now doesn't have much of it and I'm happy for that. Besides, the difference in the Gibson design is different for 20 reasons from the T type that have nothing to do with the bridge design.

    I don't understand why we're conflating Modern bridges vs. Vintage bridges with Toploader versus Through strung. I think one might learn more discussing one at a time. Can we just pick one subject and figure that one out?
     
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    Why settle for one or the other, a 12 string tele bridge has 6 strings of each :)
     
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    Yes, it is very important to have no bends in the strings, for best tone. This strat sounds just like a les paul, which of course has the best tone:

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    Well that made me laugh, thanks!
     
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