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Ryder

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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 20th, 2017 10:09 AM        

I know I can look this up on the internet but why not ask guys I "know".<br /> <br /> I don't know why the 3 are better than the 6 for intonation, first of all.<br /> <br /> Thank you.



Te 52



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Jul 20th, 2017 10:15 AM        

Six are better for intonation, but three can get very close, especially if they are compensated.<br /> <br /> With three, there is more downforce on each saddle, which keeps the saddles from shifting around, and, some say, makes for a more authoritative tone, or better sustain, etc.<br /> <br /> There's also aesthetics. The original Telecaster had three saddles, and it's imprtant to many to keep that look.



Ryder

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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 20th, 2017 10:30 AM        

Thanks Te



Therealfrogman



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I suck at it but it is still fun!
Jul 20th, 2017 01:58 PM        

I have managed to intonate the Teles I have with three barrels however, I have one with the 6 steel barrel saddles and I love it, sounds sweet too and I think they look better than either the vintage or modern style.



Ryder

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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 20th, 2017 03:24 PM        

I'm thinking, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!



Therealfrogman



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I suck at it but it is still fun!
Jul 20th, 2017 04:36 PM        

Thats just a theory, Ryder... not real life ;)



Hammond101

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Jul 20th, 2017 04:42 PM        

I'm a fan of three saddles with compensation. The Wilkinson bridge w/three saddles is excellent for a build.<br /> <br /> I do not like the "twisted" look of some compensated saddles. <br /> <br /> "I'm thinking, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"<br /> <br /> My problem is a like to tinker. I can't leave anything alone.



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Jul 20th, 2017 06:53 PM        

"My problem is a like to tinker. I can't leave anything alone."<br /> <br /> I'm sure it's a syndrome (like GAS) but I don't know what the acronym would be for it...<br /> <br /> What ever it is, I got it!<br /> <br /> :^)<br /> <br /> (and +1 on the Wilkinson)<br />



SonicBlue



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Jul 21st, 2017 04:05 AM        

"if it ain't broke, you haven't been trying"



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Jul 23rd, 2017 07:06 AM        

"I'm sure it's a syndrome (like GAS) but I don't know what the acronym would be for it..."<br /> <br /> The Impulse To Try Improving Everything Syndrome?<br /> <br /> <br />



Guitar Fool

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Jul 23rd, 2017 08:38 AM        

"My problem is a like to tinker. I can't leave anything alone"<br /> <br /> boy you just nailed it.....I happen to suffer from the same affliction....but I wouldn't have it any other way...;-0



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Jul 23rd, 2017 09:15 AM        

I know I'm not the only one here that finds working with tools theraputic. I have a few holy grail amps, but I'm still compelled to get out the soldering stick and build more. I'm not searching for better tone, I just need to put things together.<br /> <br /> I also have to make things from wood, and melting metal with arc/mig/tig is yet another disease I suffer from. <br /> <br /> Sadly, my paying gig involves a computer and a phone. Only two tools. Pathetic :0(<br /> <br /> Tools, baby!



Ryder

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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 23rd, 2017 12:03 PM        

I really don't like to tinker. I'd rather leave it to someone who knows how and likes to. Playing has always been therapeutic for me.<br /> <br /> I do like to work with wood. <br /> <br /> I made a living doing art so that's not too therapeutic for me.<br /> <br /> Now that I'm retired I don't paint much but I do work with wood...something I didn't have time for while working.



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