Replacement Bridge for Tele?

Gasp100

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Anyone know what type of bridge will fit on a Fender Japan '53 Reissue Tele? The Joe Barden Tele bridge was recommended (I guess that is what was on there in the past) but it's a tad pricey (halfway down page):
http://gtrheaven.com/joe.htm
I have NO idea about string spacing, etc... but from what I can tell it should have "vintage specs"??? I've seen the Wilkinson compensated 3 brass saddle ones on guitarfetish.com for about half this price. Will that work?
http://store.guitarfetish.com/wicotebrbrsa.html
Any help appreciated.
 

re-animator

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I have a barden bridge and its worth every penny. Considering that the bridge is the second biggest piece of metal to impact your sound (after the pickups), spending $60 instead of $30 might be worth it. When I put on the barden bridge it made almost as much of a difference as a new set of pickups... tons of snap and twang... even sparkle. The MIM tele is a BEAST now with baden and ralin on there. and it intonates as good or better than the 6 saddle that was on there to begin with.
 

Gasp100

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Hmmm... I guess you're right, the Tele bridge really isn't the best place to cut corners. I'm in this deep, might as well keep going :roll
Do you remember if yours came with mounting screws? No mention on the website.

Thanks!
 

gkoelling

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Hmmm... I guess you're right, the Tele bridge really isn't the best place to cut corners. I'm in this deep, might as well keep going :roll
Do you remember if yours came with mounting screws? No mention on the website.

Thanks!
I'm not aware of any Tele bridges that don't come with mounting screws.
 

Mike9

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I have a Barden and it's a killer bridge. I also use Wilkinson compensated bridges - the plates are thicker than Fender's and the saddles are very nice. I have to cut the lip on the Wilky though they don't come pre shaved.
 




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