Such thing as decent sounding six saddle tele bridge?

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  1. Realfi

    Realfi trying to re-MEMBER

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    Hi All,

    I have a '98 Collectors Tele.
    At present I have Callaham pre-intonated brass saddles. Great tone-really happy with that part of the equation. Not only that, but better intonation. Notice however that I say better intonation because in my opinion it's still not good enough.

    I would really like to know if there is a six saddle bridge that is tonally good.
     
  2. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I think it really depends on what YOU consider good tone. I'm hesitant to offer my opinion because if the Callaham pre-intonated saddles still aren't good enough for you intonation-wise you are very definitely more particular about things like this than I am. I'm perfectly happy with my Vintique intonated saddles, any lack of perfection in the intonation becomes meaningless to me when I'm manhandling my Tele.
     
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  4. gkoelling

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    I have no opinion on the Callaham saddles as I've never tried them. If you prefer a six saddle bridge, G&L sells their ASAT Classic brass saddles on their web site for $26.

    I have these on a parts Tele and a ASAT Classic Custom and am real happy with them. They ring quite nicely.
     
  5. AaeCee

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    NO! IMO, of course. The whole point of the 3 barrell bridge is that you have the down-pressure of 2 strings per barrell, providing that resonance against the body that (theoretically) simply couldn't be replicated with 1 string per barrell/saddle. And BTW, I do believe the validity of that theory. AC
     
  6. DaveG

    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

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    But the six-saddle bridge has twice the number of adjustment screws, so twice as much contact with the bridge plate...
     
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    I think maybe I'll design a SINGLE saddle Tele bridge...hmmm....
     
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    I'm on the fence with this one... but certainly the pressue on each sadde and adjustment screw is decreased with a six saddle bridge. Presumably this is not about total contact area, but about the contact pressure????

    At least that seemed like a good theory to my tiny brain at some moment in time... :confused:
     
  9. gkoelling

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    OK, I've learned something here. Am I happy with what I have, or blissfully ignorant? Geez, now what?!?!?

    Thanks a lot AaeCee!!!

    I won't spend more money, I won't spend more money, I won't spend more money............
     

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