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davywhizz
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Oct 9th, 2016 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick - you don't necessarily have to change the six saddle bridge. I got some GT623 saddles which fit through 3 of the 6 holes on the modern Tele bridges. See link below. The string length adjustment screws are offset, that is they don't go through the mid-point of the saddle. Simple but clever.

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stratcowboy
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Oct 9th, 2016 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting that their demo photo on the linked site shows the GT623 saddle conversion on a Stratocaster bridge!

Charlie Macon
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Oct 9th, 2016 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Am still lovin' my GraphTech 6-saddle set up on my '83 Telecaster. I especially love the fact that I don't break strings constantly, like in the bad-ol' days with the original 6-piece steel saddle....dang wire cutters, and I was constantly de-burring them to help.


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Oct 13th, 2016 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the compensated saddles. If your guitar is too mellow, try the steel saddles. If it's too bright, try the brass

HeavyDuty
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Nov 4th, 2016 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Somehow I missed out on a Glendale bridgeplate and saddle set that was being sold here, but I'm still looking at this as an option. Has anyone tried the Glendale bridgeplate that's made for the AmStd (longer with three anchoring holes?)

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Mick Reid
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Nov 5th, 2016 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just put a Wilkinson 3-saddle (brass) compensated bridge on one of my MIM Standards. (see my recent "NUTD" post)

I now have two Standards. One with the stock 6-saddle, and now one with the 3.

I mainly did it for cosmetic reasons just to set the 2 guitars apart. However, once I got it all back together, set up and intonated, I did notice a difference in the resonance acoustically.

The Wilkinson was a direct drop-in for the MIM's for anyone that's considering a swap.

I still like the 6-saddle one and think it sounds great (and sounds like a tele). I don't think I'll be changing it, but you never know...


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Nov 6th, 2016 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Glendale 3 saddle set is the way to go. Now available in many configurations and metals so you can choose as much twang as you want. I have them on all my Teles. I use the steel E-A, and brass D-G, and B-E. Gives you twang on the low end.

HeavyDuty
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Nov 7th, 2016 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ordered the Glendale - the bridgeplate I need is OOS but should be available in a month or so. I went with brass saddles figuring that's the middle of the road for tone.

pcalu

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Nov 13th, 2016 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use to play tele's w/ modern 6 saddle bridges. I think the modern 6 saddle with the heavy plate gives more modern in nature, easier to intonate and IMO.. gives a little (but not much more) sustain
A few years back I got a tele with the vintage 3 saddles/ashtray & really liked it (bought some aftermarket saddles from Rudder's) never looked back. Now that's all I like to play (Tele’s w/ vintage 3 saddles)
You can get so close to correct intonation (where your ears can’t tell) even without compensated saddles if you know what you’re doing...
For me now it’s a “feel thing” traditional. Both are good


Mick Reid
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Nov 14th, 2016 03:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You can get so close to correct intonation (where your ears can’t tell) even without compensated saddles if you know what you’re doing..."

I agree. There are a couple of "tricks" to getting it "right".
I also think that as electronic tuners have become more & more accurate, players (let's call them consumers) have become borderline obsessed with "perfect intonation".

I've been guilty of this to some extent myself, but have learnt that there's always a bit of compensation that goes into getting a guitar to intonate up & down the neck.
I'm sure many of our favourite recordings from the 50's to 70's were done on instruments that weren't perfect.

HeavyDuty
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Dec 10th, 2016 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Glendale AmStd bridgeplate and brass saddles showed up yesterday, and installing them this morning was quick work. I haven't gotten an impression about any tonal changes yet, but the quality of the components is fantastic. More after I ask my guitarist friend to set it up properly, his setups are amazing.

vomer
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Dec 14th, 2016 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does anyone know if the GT623 saddles are still available? The website says out of stock but also mentions 2011, and looks like it hasn't been updated for a while. I emailed the company.

Also in looking around I found that Joe Barden does a vintage style 3 saddle bridge which fits onto an American Standard.

(This message was last edited by vomer at 05:14 PM, Dec 14th, 2016)

vomer
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Dec 15th, 2016 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I received a reply re the GT623 which said "Sorry
we are no longer supporting that product."

davywhizz
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Apr 7th, 2017 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Vomer - not sure if you'll see this message - but I have a set of GT623 Tele saddles going spare as I just replaced my American Standard bridge with the full Callaham bridge and three saddle kit.You can have them with pleasure. If I ever sell my Tele I'll just put the original bridge and six saddles back on. I might ask you to pay the postage depending on where you are.

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Apr 7th, 2017 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

daveywhizz = One Cool Cat!

vomer
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Apr 14th, 2017 06:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"daveywhizz = One Cool Cat!"

+1!

steve_crocker

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Jun 9th, 2017 04:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So i fitted three barrel brass compensated barrels to my 2000 US Fat telecaster last year. this was primarily for aesthetic reasons. It did indeed look cool but i have decided to revert back to the original 6 barrel. In a live situation where pick attack and right hand action can get a bit more furious i found i was getting a far higher string breakage than was acceptable. First band practice last night back with the six saddle and it just felt better. More comfortable for palm muting and i have to say to my ears and for the style we play Alt rock with a punky edge it sounded much better than the brass. I'll be the first to say i'm kind of gutted but reality was original bridge just better for me. I have other teles with thre barrel brass anyway that i don't use in the band.

Peegoo
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Jun 11th, 2017 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Years back I converted a Gotoh chrome plated brass bridge plate from six to three saddles on a Hohner TE Custom (Tele clone). It went smoothly and the results are great. I used Wilkinson compensated brass saddles.

I drilled three holes in the rear of the six-hole rear flange

like this.

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Jun 11th, 2017 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I replaced the bridge on my MIM Cabronita with the Rutters La Burrito
3 saddle compensated bridge and it really came to life. My only complaint is, the strings still don't quite align with the fidelitron pu's.

Peegoo
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Jun 11th, 2017 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the pole spacing on the Filter is narrower than a standard Tele bridge pickup.

Not a problem at all though. There's no real detrimental effects--other than the cosmetic appearance (strings-to-screws misalignment).

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