Are all Wilkinson tele bridges created equal?

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  1. MrNick

    MrNick Member

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    I see a fairly significant price discrepancy in Wilkinson tele bridges. Are they all the same product with the same spec? I am specifically looking at the vintage tele bridge. is there a difference between the $60 one on stewmac and the $20 ones on ebay?
     
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  2. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    Have you gone to their site or is this based on various dealer's stock?
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    there seem to be really nice wilkinson bridges, quite nice gotoh-made licensed wilkinson bridges, and cheap-ass "jin-ah" wilkinson bridges.

    you're getting what you're paying for in all three cases.
     
  4. playon

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    If you are talking about the adjustable-intonation Wilkinson three-way Tele bridge, they are a tone suck IMO. Nice idea but unfortunately all the separate parts destroy the tone of the original one-piece saddle design.
     
  5. Steeltoe

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    I have the newer Wilky compensated 3 saddle bridge.
    Mine is the less costly one too, and I believe it is Korean
    made, but can't swear to it. The engraving says Wilkenson by Gotoh.
    At any rate, it is a damn fine bridge, I didn't notice any
    flaws, and it made a significant tonal improvement in
    My Hamer USA T-51.
     
  6. jamison162

    jamison162 Supporting Member

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    Wrong, this is one of the best sounding bridges...probably the best one I've used. It is also the bridge of choice for John Suhr, nuff said.

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  7. stormin1155

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    I have this one on a couple of my builds, and it works fine. A big tone improvement over one of the modern 6-saddle bridges I originally installed. Got mine from Guitarfetish for $29.95.... not the same as what Stew-mac sells, which is pictured above.

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  8. Lublin

    Lublin Senior Member

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    Those are fantastic bridges at a great price.
     
  9. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    it's a pretty straightforward vintage tele bridge, thin steel plate and all.

    do you have other tele bridges that don't have this problem? what are they made of?
     
  10. dazco

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    Same here. I paid $25 total including shipping and it sounded better than the stock bridge or the modern bridge i had tried earlier. Cheap in $, not in quality.

     
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    Paid £17 inc P&P here in the UK (from AxesRUs) for one to go on my Tokai Breeezysound to replace the factory 6-way. Loaded with a Harmonic Design Super90, no problems at all, sounds great, no feedback or resonance issues.
     
  12. jamison162

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    That's weird man...I play an alder/maple tele with Don Mare Hot Bakelites through an ORANGE ROCKERVERB 50 and play rock, always use a hefty amount of gain and have never had any feedback issues. The bridge itself would be the last place I'de try to lay blame??? Very odd...

    And Sir Suhr can use ANY hardware he wishes and has much at his disposal, I do not think he would use this bridge if there were the possibility of the issues you have described.
     

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