Question About Telecaster Bridges

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  1. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Member

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    I recently ordered a new OEM Fender replacement ashtray bridge plate for my Squier CV Tele as I'm not a fan of the slightly foggy surface finish on the base. Excuse the guitar being dirty. These bridges collect lint and dirt like nobody's business.

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    So I ordered a Fender OEM replacement and this was what the corporate giant excreted into a UPS box and sent to me.

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    This is absolutely f*cking b*llshit. This is a brand new Fender replacement part and as you can see, there are casting imperfections, scratches, discolourations in the metal, and fogging to the plating. The very fogging that I was hoping that an OEM replacement would not have.

    You know your company is broken when the hardware on your cheap import instruments is far higher quality than the ones on your domestic products.

    Are Fender Telecaster bridges just like this in general? Is fogging on the bottom of the baseplate just an accepted thing? Any Telecaster owners willing to chip in?
     

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  2. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Well yeah you’re kinda over blowing it sorry

    That’s the standard tele tooling they’ve used for 50 years.

    It’s also fairly inexpensive

    If you want something super shiny and perfect you barked up the wrong tree
     
  3. Lwilliams

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    What you have there is VERY normal. If you are wanting the real American look, you now have it.
     
  4. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Member

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    Why doesn't Fender disclose their sh*tty tooling as a feature in their literature?
     
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  5. Boonda

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    It’s not a piece of jewelry it’s a cutting board with strings and a pickup
     
  6. woof*

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    lol
     
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  7. disconnector

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    It's a tele bridge. The lowest cost and simplest device that Leo could create that would both hold a string somewhat stable and allow for adjustments. They all look like that.

    Dude, it's a telecaster not a piece of jewelry. If you want perfection spend more cash on a boutique bridge. But it won't sound like a telecaster :)
     
  8. jpervin

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    All of the Fender ashtray bridges I've had have been like that. That's how Leo designed them. I think they're perfectly fine the way they are, and I wouldn't change a thing on 'em.

    YMMV, obviously.
     
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  9. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Yep. Again, 50's tooling. It's not bad tooling, it's authentic.

    I suggest you go with a 6 saddle gotoh instead if you want shiny and pretty.

    There's a sound to that bridge plate, and I'm happy they don't screw with it.
     
  10. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Member

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    Wow. I guess it turns out that I'm the insane one for expecting something with a Fender logo on it to be quality.

    I won't make that mistake again.
     
  11. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    and remember, ya can not hear how it looks....

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  12. Blix

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    100% normal.
     
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  13. jwguitar

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    Exactly, I think some people have lost sight with the fact that guitars are meant to make music on and not just for display. If the bridge is scuffed up and you want to get a new one just exchange it. These things can be fixed really easily.
     
  14. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Like I said you are really going off the ledge here.

    You bought a vintage reissue bridge plate. If it didnt look like that it would be wrong
     
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  15. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Member

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    The irony in this post is that this is precisely what I just did.
     
  16. Blix

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    You're being ridiculous. It's a vintage reissue plate. If you buy a $30,000 1952 tele it will still come with a plate like that. If you want something modern made with CNC precision you have to look elsewhere.
     
  17. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Member

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    Even if that was true, why doesn't Fender disclose that information in their marketing material?
     
  18. Jedi

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    Lol...that bridge is completely normal and I love it because it’s not perfect. YMMV
     
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    This thread delivers the lulz.
     
  20. RolandKorg

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    Telecasters are the most primitive e guitars. That bridge looks contextually-accurate and extremely mojo-ful.
     
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