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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by viccortes285, Apr 15, 2018.
I don't like ash tray covers.
Setups are easier.
With all the simple and elegant tweaks to the standard / classic three barrel bridge available there is and was no reason for the six saddle bridge.
Vintage 3 barrels. Six saddles for those guys’ who need tum-tum and owie-my-arm-hurts contour cuts
I like both. Both can sound great and be intonated well. It’s fun to overthink it though.
Personally I always thought three barrel design looks like some cheap idea someone building a guitar in a garage with what was available used to make a bridge.
I guess you can guess I like the 6, the modern block styel. Feels better in my hand, intonates well, strings seem to stay put better.
Much prefer the vintage style myself.
I like six block saddles and a thick baseplate. Why? I have no idea but the do look pretty cool.
Oh, it all works if you’re using quality bridges.
You can’t buy a $15 made-in-China vintage or modern 6 bridge off eBay and use that as your guide. Or with much of the stuff from GFS, although I like GFS for a lot of things.
But if you’re buying a Fender or Squier guitar off the rack, 3 or 6 bridge, it’s all good. Or buying a quality bridge as a mod from elsewhere.
There’s just a lot of crap being sold out there, and you have to be careful. Don’t cheap out on your bridge mod.
Having owned both setups, I prefer the low profile, 6-saddle, modern bridge setup, for 2 reasons:
Precise string intonation and height adjustments
^Me too - and the sustain on my 1990 USA Standard exceeds any guitar I've played.
I have a Wilkinson, love it. Didn't hate the six-saddle, but thought I heard a little bit more 'bright' out of the upgrade. Probably wank/psychosomatic. I'll just say that its intonation is spot on, and string heights were also easily adjustable. Functionality being a real wash for me, I just think the three saddle looks cooler. Purely personal preference.
I like THIS bridge.
I play blues, so the crappy intonation of the three barrels just adds more character to my music.
If I was gigging night after night traveling across the country ... I'd consider the six saddle ... maybe as the backup guitar.
It was a cheap idea and Leo Fender was a frugal man. In exactly the same way later Telecaster saddles used cheap threaded steel rod for saddles. Thing is that often 'cheap' works very well, and thousands of recordings have been made using Telecasters with the three saddle arrangement. I don't recall anyone complaining that their intonation was out when playing on some of those iconic records.
'Precise' and 'intonation' should never be used in the same sentence. In tempered tuning such as we use on guitars and pianos, tuning will always be a compromise, irrespective of what even the most sophisticated tuner says. You will never be precisely in tune. It's a physical and mathematical impossibility, given that we need to be more or less in tune in any given key. You can be 'perfectly' in tune in one key and the same chords will sound awfully out of tune in another. To correct that we use the technical term, 'tweaking'.
Example; tune your guitar to a perfect-sounding first position D major. Now play an Am chord. That top E will now sound very flat. Sharpen it to compensate and now the F# in the D major will sound far too sharp. Somewhere between the two will be an acceptable compromise, and that's the reason I never use an electronic tuner except to establish a basic pitch-usually A. The rest I tune with my ears from that A.
After years of beeing "traditional" I am now in the Gotoh modern bridge camp.
It balances and fattens the sound of the unwound strings and still retains tons of twang in the wound ones.
Sounds better with overdrive too and of course intonates better.
It is built like a tank,is cheap and looks cool too.
She's a beauty, Nick.
I think we all get that part, Andrew.
Whatever works for you, Andrew.
A tuner works for me.
I prefer vintage. No real reason other than I like the authentic look more.
I like my Elite set up like this:
Supposedly more sustain..