Changing modern tele bridge to a vintage...possible?

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  1. celestion101

    celestion101 Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a perfectly clean American Ash tele that I would like to change the bridge on and either wire with 3 pups (ala Nashville) or turn into a Esquire(and not make a expensive mistake!). How hard is it to install a vintage bridge (either Fender or Glendale) in place of the modern tele bridge? Thanks, Rick
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    mail me a g12-65 and i'll tell you!

    unfortunately, fender in their infinite wisdom designed the american std tele in the 80s with a bridge pickup that's moved a good 1/8" closer to the saddles than the old classic, which along with different string-thru hole placement means the vintage box bridge just won't fit.

    enter callaham guitars to the rescue.

    http://www.callahamguitars.com/

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    this will fit an american standard tele.
     
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    I had the Callaham USA retrofit on my American Std. Tele, and it was a HUGE improvement in tone. Highly recommended.
     
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    Bluewail Tone curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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  5. celestion101

    celestion101 Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys! I'll give one or the other a whirl as they look like the ticket!!
     

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