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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / The American Professional series Telecaster Bridge

drksd4848

USA

Jan 27th, 2017 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder if the Pro series brass barrel saddle bridge has the same spacing as the American Standard steel bent saddle bridge?

i.e for a swap-a-roo.



HeavyDuty
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Jan 27th, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It doesn't look like the bridge on my AmStd...

drksd4848

USA

Jan 27th, 2017 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm taking about the spacing and screw holes on the plate.

As in you can't fit a vintage bridge on a american standard tele because the spacing of the screw holes the size of the plate, etc is different.

I wonder if the new one kept the American Standard spacing so it would be a direct fit.

In short, I'd love to take that AmPro bridge and put that on my Amst Tele

drksd4848

USA

Jan 27th, 2017 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You know what, I'll answer my own question. And the answer is:

Nope.

The Amst has three holes, the AmPro has four. It looks like the new bridge is vintage spec.

ecfan

New Jersey USA

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Jan 27th, 2017 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

More than once I have visited my local Guitar Center with a precision steel pocket ruler!

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Jan 27th, 2017 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

drksd4848, that's what I was saying. ;-)

I would have been po'ed if the bridge fit since I just spent $$$ on a Glendale bridge and saddle set for my AmStd a few weeks ago.

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Jan 27th, 2017 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...It looks like the new bridge is vintage spec..."

Actually, the AmPro bridge looks to be kind of a hybrid. It has four mounting holes, like a vintage-style bridge, but those holes are on the end pin side of the string-through holes, like an AmStd.

drksd4848

USA

Jan 27th, 2017 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"drksd4848, that's what I was saying. ;-)"

Ahh HeavyDuty... I gotcha.

I forget who made it, but in my case is a vintage-type bridge with brass compensated saddles that was modified to fit an Amst tele. Problem is there are two holes you have to drill and I'm way to chicken to do it!

Anyway, to see that Fender have finally decided to stop using all those goofy bridges on modern USA tele (whatever they call it now)is kind of annoying. They NEVER SHOULD HAVE CHANGED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE! They should have just used the compensated saddles. Period, end of story.

(This message was last edited by drksd4848 at 10:18 PM, Jan 27th, 2017)

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Jan 28th, 2017 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree - I considered at least one replacement bridge that required drilling, but I just couldn't do it when there were no-drill options available, even if they were more expensive.

drksd4848

USA

Jan 30th, 2017 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not sure if it is allowable to cross forum-pollinate, but the TDPRI had a pretty interesting discussion about it.

American Professional bridge vs American Standard bridge

drksd4848

USA

Feb 9th, 2017 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI, I scored a AmPro bridge. I'm going to see if I can swap it out with the modern AmSt bridge

I'm going to match it up with the AmSt bridge before I drill any holes. If I can get some pics on here, I will.

I'm hoping that the two end holes of each respective bridge will match up, therefore making drilling the two other holes a lot easier. I'll hate blowing out my setup though...

Keep you posted!

drksd4848

USA

Feb 21st, 2017 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hello everyone. I wanted to update this post.
In case anyone is curious to know:

An American Pro Telecaster Bridge WILL FIT on an American Standard Telecaster.

The two holes at the top of the bridge and the two holes at the bottom of the bridge match PERFECTLY. Obviously the two bottom middle holes need to be drilled, but the pro bridge covered up the middle hole from the AmSt bent saddle bridge.

All the string holes lined up as well.

I decided NOT to drill the middle holes yet. The bridge seemed very stable screwed into the holes that did match and I figured I'd let a luthier do the drilling the next time I get it set up. Plus, I don't trust myself to be able tp drill the holes dead center.

The Tele plays great and sounds AWESOME. I feel like the barrel saddles DO make a difference in the tone, but I could just be hearing things. The biggest plus to all this: I feel like I'm actually PLAYING A REAL TELECASTER now, instead of a Strat!

I don't know why Fender didn't use this bridge in the first place. Compensated saddles have been out for a long time.

Also, to be honest, proper intonation is over rated anyway ;)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwp0jnvhOVR-MUtpcDg1cGhwNm8/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwp0jnvhOVR-bGFVam5OZUl2dU0/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwp0jnvhOVR-MXVncURzZjZaSUk/view?usp=sharing

AmPro Tele bridge on AmSt Tele

(This message was last edited by drksd4848 at 03:18 PM, Feb 21st, 2017)

Te 52

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Feb 21st, 2017 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very useful information, thank you.

I hope Fender makes this bridge easily available as an aftermarket item, they'll sell a lot of them.

drksd4848

USA

Feb 21st, 2017 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BTW, here is a better view of the new bridge on the Amstand Tele:

Mounted bridge with strings attached

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