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Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by rockinforJesus, Aug 22, 2020.
gorgemous! what does she speak with?
Are you asking about the pickups? They are also both hand-wound by my Japanese luthier friend in Osaka.
that would be correct. thank you. not used to seeing flat poles on a Tele bridge
Staggered polepieces appeared first in 1955 on Telecaster Bridge pickups.
That’s what I like, right there. THAT guitar can do ANYTHING.
I generally agree, and have not compared a Fender bridge to the Callaham bridge on my partscaster.
Starting from scratch for everything, I've heard far more good comments from Tele nuts about how the tone is as good or better with the Callaham bridge.
Here's the Callaham description/pitch on their unit.
It's only about .025 thicker and still a steel material.
I could fully understand and agree that it may take away from the vintage tone/vibe, if it were made out of brass.
Splitting hairs between a Fender and a Callaham in some respects, but I do like the lower lip on the treble side, and can only say that my Partscaster sounds "all Tele" to me, with a few improved features.
Bottom line, a three brass saddle bridge was
a must have when I built mine.
My second choice would have been the factory unit with compensated brass saddles.
Just twangin' away happily.
All those Callaham, Rutters, T-tune or Glendale bridges are top notch products, no doubt.
One of their main advantages is their stiffness- they‘re completely flat. That adds sustain! A disadvantage is their thickness around the pickup- the typical vintage twang needs the interaction of the thin metal „surrounding“ around the (unpotted) pickup. At least corksniffers say so
Marc Rutters solved that problem:
All in all I guess fine saddles are more important. Can‘t go wrong as long as they‘re combined with a plain bridge.
I wanted an „internally aged“ T-Tune bridge for my new Blackguard, but stumbled over this heavy aged 7ender CS bridge:
This bridge is perfectly flat sanded and a surprisingly lightweight. Look at that edges- that‘s a perfect early 50‘s look!
The saddles are handmade compensated brass saddles from T-tune.
Here's my old and dusty American Deluxe with All Parts Joe Barden bridge, just needs to be careful they have it for two different string spacings. Strangely, it has four holes while American Teles have three. The two outer ones fit perfectly, for the others you might want to drill but I was lazy... The price was a bargain, before I had a stock bridge with graph tech 'string saver' saddles, and replacing it gave a DRAMATIC effect. Okay, to be fair, in the same shot I swapped the strings from nickel wound DAddarios to Thomastic Infeld flats and that obviously gave some contribution too.
I prefer the six-saddle bridges, but the traditional design is "ok". Personally I think more is made of the differences between these than most will ever hear. Especially if there is any overdrive, playing in a band setting, etc.
If you play alone in your home studio, very clean style, paying very close attention to where there might be an audible difference between the bridges, that can't extremely easily be achieved with a slight tweak to a tone knob, so be it.
I prefer the more precise intonation that can be achieved with six saddles. As for looks, I like the six saddles as well.
These are simply personal preferences and I believe you should just do whatever you wish to do, regardless of what I, or anyone else in this thread, has to say.
I like to hear other’s opinions too so I can make an informed decision.
Thanks everyone for your contributions to this thread.
...so I decided to replace the bridge with the American Professional bridge. As I removed the American Standard bridge I found there is a small strip of double sided tape on the underside of the bridge where the adjusting screws are (tape goes between the body and bridge underside). Anyone know what this is for, and would you recommend transferring the strip to the new bridge?
Pic’s to come later
Keith Richards fan?
The client is. I did a lefty version too.
Wow, just wow.
I installed the new bridge. More harmonic content, better sustain, and sounds more Tele than it did before I did the upgrade.
The old bridge only had 3 hold-down screws, and the new one has 4+2 screws, so I had to drill 2 additional holes at the bottom and 2 at the top. All the string holes lined up perfectly.
I am very happy with this upgrade and would recommend it to anyone wanting to upgrade their American Standard bridge to a more traditional setup.
Oh, and intonation is spot on, the small ashtray cover is perfect to rest your hand on, and the cut down side of the bridge has enough of a lip to anchor my pinky on it.
Great to hear that you like it.
Nice job, looks GOOD!
I like that mini ashtray so much that I might take up smoking.
Kind of a cool, different look. Nice. Glad you're happy, which is all that matters.
New Schroeder tele Bridge installed. It is like a piece of jewelry. My luthier says it dialed in intonation wise much better than the hip shot with Rutter's saddles.