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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Vintage Style Saddles and Intonation



Feb 18th, 2016 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have no experience with the 3 brass vintage style saddles but it would seem to me that it would be almost near impossible to get perfect intonation with this style saddle. For you players that have these, I'd like to hear what your experience with them has been. There's a few Tele's that I like that have these because it period correct for them and I really don't like the idea of having to change them out to the individual saddles.

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Feb 18th, 2016 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

You can replace the straight saddles with compensated ones. This modification retains that old-school look, and also provides much better intonation. Go to MF or WD links above and get a set. They're not that expensive. The Wilkinson version is very very good.




Feb 18th, 2016 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, I've been looking at the Callaham set (non-slanted) for my Classic 50 MIM tele. Any idea how they compare to the Wilkinson?

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Feb 18th, 2016 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a parts '52 tele with standard 3 brass saddles that is closely enough intonated that I don't think about it. Matter of fact, it's enough of a non-issue that I decided to replace the 6 saddle bridge on my other parts tele with a standard 3 saddle bridge. I guess if it's a concern, the compensated saddles make sense.

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Feb 18th, 2016 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pombrio, they compare like this:

Callaham: mucho dinero!

Wilkinson: "worky great, good price G.I."

If you're into perfectly polished, cryogenically-treated metal parts, then ya spends yer money. If you want functionality *and* value, you save more than a few dollars and get the same results.

Your mileage may vary.

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Feb 18th, 2016 03:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

What's the benefit of Callaham's cryogenic treatments on their parts. Marketing gimmick or?

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Feb 18th, 2016 09:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Even though I have some Callaham parts on some guitars, I **definitely** don't buy the cryogenics bit. His parts are well-made, however.

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Feb 18th, 2016 11:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a traditional 3 saddle bridge on my CV 50's tele.
This is my first tele and before I even got it I thought "The first thing I'll have to do is get some compensated saddles. No way will I be able to intonate it."

I was quite wrong. There are some "tricks" to getting it right though.

One is making sure the nut slots are cut to the right depth. (not too high)
Second is a compromised tuning technique as explained


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Feb 19th, 2016 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

I replaced the saddles on all my Teles with Glendale saddles that come in various configurations from all brass to brass for the d,g, b and high e, with steel for the e and a strings for more twang. They're about $60 per set but well worth the cost. Almost perfect intonation and allow for very low action if you want it.

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