Who makes a solid brass vintage tele bridge?

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  1. Boogie

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    Not a steel bridge with brass saddles, I want a direct-replacement 3-saddle bridge with an actual solid brass plate. I don't care if it's chrome or nickel plated, but gold plated steel will not do. I want to hear the tonal difference for myself. I would like to buy the Killer Guitar Components bridge, but they're out of stock and it doesn't look like they're going to produce another run of them until after they redesign it. I'd also prefer not to buy the Chinese one from ebay.
     
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    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Alibaba AFAIK.
    Or vintage.
     
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    Fender used to make these......;)

    brass 6 saddle tele Bridge.jpg
     
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    www.armadilloguitar.com

    Solid brass and vintage style.

    Probably the best I've seen. You're gonna pay for it though.
     
  5. Boogie

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    Glad to help.
     
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    Everyone who lived through the 80s craze for brass nuts, knobs, trem plates, Strat bridges and Schechter mix'n'match would loudly scream 'nooooooo......'

    There's a reason like electronic drums we consigned it to oblivion. Every time I hear Dancing In The Dark I almost hate Brooce just for that electric snare....
     
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    Is it just for aesthetics?
    I have one on a tele that my father put on In the 80s and it’s only staying because of sentimental reasons

    But yea vintage is one way to go there are certainly a lot out there
    Not knocking it if you want one you want one the spice of life
     
  9. sleazy pot pie

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    Here you go.
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    No experience, but I too really like solid brass hardware.
    I have an armadillo bridge that is top notch. You definitely get what you pay for there. It may be hard to swallow $100 for a bridge, but a year from now it won’t matter and you will have what you want the first time.
     
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    Muddy Waters' tele had a brass bridge, it's visible also in some videos of his concerts, like here (1978). @Boogie, I'm very curious to hear from you after you swap the bridge!
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I guess you're going to have to hear one with the brass plate, to establish a base line for what it could or should sound like. The brass plate really does emphasize the mid range and tones down the punchy lows and keening highs of the skinny steel plate.

    You know, those American Series plates are brass. Or yellow pot metal. Crummy brass. The one thing all these brass plates have in common is they're thick. And they weigh a lot. That Gotoh GTC-202 weighs a full 8 ounces.

    For the sound of a brass plate but not the weight, you might check this out:

    upload_2019-12-17_12-27-8.jpeg Titanium sounds eerily similar IMO to brass, but is shockingly lighter in weight.
     
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    gotoh make brass plates chrome plated though
     
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    This is a bridge I bought from Mighty Mite years ago.

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    Gotoh bridge plates are brass. The "titanium" referred to in the spiel for In-Tune bridges is the option of titanium saddles.

    For a brass plate that is made the way normal vintage plates are and not milled from brass billet look for a Mighty Mite MM1135 bridge. They were available in gold, black, chrome and raw brass finishes. Mighty Mite stopped making hardware a while ago but you might be able to find a used one.
     
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    Thank you for this most helpful post. This of course, means this Gotoh product weighs something around seven ounces and that's almost always too much for me. I don't know what happened to these manufacturer websites. They used to contain better information.
     
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    So I bought the Armadillo brass plate https://www.armadilloguitar.com/product/vintage-style-bridge-plate/

    It's like the one pictured but with the rails untrimmed like a standard vintage bridge. Only the plate was included; I used the saddles I had installed on the original Fender plate, they are Killer Guitar Components compensated brass saddles.

    Getting the intonation right has been more of a fight with this bridge, more so than the same set of saddles on the stock bridge, and even with the original, uncompensated saddles on the stock bridge.

    It does seem to have a bit more midrange punch and a bit more sustain on the low E, A, D and G strings, but any difference is so subtle that it's not really significant. It could be part placebo and also because I've fitted new strings.

    One thing I'm pretty certain about is a loss of sustain on the high E and B strings. Also I don't think the saddle screw holes line up with the string holes properly on any of the strings and there's a visibly noticeable angle from where the string exits the string hole on its way to the saddle. I was able to slide the saddles to where the strings appear lined up, but they work their way back when I play.

    I think I'm going back to the stock bridge for now. I'd like to try the Killer Guitar Components brass bridge, but still can't order the newly redesigned model; their site says "new run of Tele bridges coming in Fall 2019" as of today, they've officially missed that date. Being that this isn't my main gigging axe, I think I'll wait until I can order the KGC bridge and if I don't like that one, maybe I'll give up or try one of the 6-saddle bridges.
     
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