Now, when I say HUGE believer, what I mean is I've always thought it was a slight change in tone. I acknowledge the fact that bridges made of better stuff make a difference, but I never really thought it was a big difference. I recently installed the following Stew-Mac tele bridge I replaced the standard bridge that comes on a mexican Fender Tele, similar to this one: Before the bridge change, I really hated the way the tele pickups sounded. Brittle, thin, weak...however you want to say it. I'm still not overly impressed with the stock pickups in the tele, but it definitely sounds better. I am spoiled by having Rio Grande pickups in my other tele, so it's hard to love the stock pickups when A/B'd with good aftermarket ones. I adjusted the height and intonation (as good as one can with a TU-2) and now, when I use my bad monkey or DS-1, the distortion is much smoother...more even. If a cheap replacement bridge like the Stew Mac can make a difference, I do believe that I will have to look into a Callaham or other replacement steel block for my strat, at the very least. So, I now bow down to those who made claim that bridge replacements really effect the tone. After trying both planet waves and monster cables of differing lengths, I'm not sold that the extreme cost of cables is justified...but one step at a time, right?