TK Smith vibrato & Mastery bridge

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  1. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

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    Is it possible? My friend is building me a new tele type guitar and I want TK Smith vibrato. I love Mastery Bridges but tele mastery bridge M4.1, I guess, can not go on this guitar because TKS vibrato is not like B5 ( doesnt have second bar that holds strings down so it can go on tele type Bridges). I Wonder can I use Mastery offset bridge with TK Smith vibrato? Tnx for answers! I konw Tavo has some TKsmith tele guitars. Tavo?
     
  2. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
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    You can use a TK Smith, a chopped B5 or a B16 on a Tele but you need a shim or an angled neck pocket to get the correct angle for those Vibrato systems.
     
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  3. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

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    I will have TK Smith, but I wonder about offset Mastery bridge, can I use it with it? I like them and I would like to have mastery bridge with TKS. I Know about shiming. Also any ideas what to use for bridge pickup ring since I am not going to have a tele plate . Any ideas if something like ring on B16 exists for pickups? I gues pickup needs to be higher.
     
  4. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

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    Dunno about pkup rings but I would highly recommend a bar bridge with this construction.
     
  5. englishman

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    There's a few vendors for the surrounds, usually billed as a replacement for humbuckers.

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  6. englishman

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    Or like Reverend does it..

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    With a B5

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  7. dankas11

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    tnx man, reverend way looks cool.
     
  8. dankas11

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    yeah, could be.
    any european dealers on bar type bridges?
     
  9. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

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    dBridges but I‘m afraid he‘s outa business. You can also try and get the Bigsby Rocket bridge via Allparts or a Truarc via f-holes. You‘ve already got the vibrato?
     
  10. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

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    yes. (tks)
     
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  11. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

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    Yeah, you can use the offset Mastery, it would be perfect for this. The question is how to get the bridge pickup high enough. B16s with the metal shim leave the bridge pickup just above the body. I could see TK making or having ability to cast a B16 style riser. It wouldn't be cheap that's for sure, but it would be cool :)
     
  12. dankas11

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    maybe someone can do it for me, here. I guess I only need dimensions.
     
  13. englishman

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    The surrounds I posted above are humbucker surround sized. You could use a regular non-slanted humbucker ring as a riser.
     
  14. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
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    One thing to consider is buying a B16 to chop, but keep the riser portion. If I was closer I'd say let's go halfs on one, you keep the riser and I get the tail :D

    I'd send you the riser I have but because of the way I chopped it, it's completely unusable.
     
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  15. Stefan

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    Maybe you should think about different pickup solutions...:cool:

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  16. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

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    I was thinking about that too , but I really want it ro stay tele sound but with more power on bridge and with tvjones neck starwood cause I realy like how it sounds. any suggestions for that kind of bridge pup?
     
  17. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

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    I‘ve recently bought a Keef bridge pkup from:

    https://www.barfuss-pickups.de/

    Completely handmade top of the line pkups. He’s doin’ stock or custom wound pickups and they sound paramount.
     
  18. dankas11

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    but it is single coil so I would still have a same problem :)
     
  19. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

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    I thought you wanted a Telepickup for the bridge...
     
  20. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

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    yes but I have problem how to put it higher, I need somekind of housing likeB16 has or some other pickup that will go well with starwood