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Tele bridge - Vintage style vs. Mastery bridge

swicker

Member
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hey guys...

got a weird thing going on... so i have a 53 custom shop tele i love... one of those beat up ones... played 3, this one blew the others away, great tele...

had no real problem with it, but i saw and decided to give that mastery bridge a chance, as it advertises improved tone no string slippage, and perfect spacing or whatever...

so i installed it... YES!! i think i can hear an improved 'acoustic' difference, not a world of difference, but yes, it sounds louder acoustically, no doubt... not sure how much of that translates into the plugged in sound...

my problem is the spacing... the original vintage style bridge came with the 3 non compensated brass saddles, which as i heard, cause slipping and intonation issues...

the mastery bridge fixes that... however once i installed the bridge, i feel as though the spacing between the strings got smaller...there also now visibly is more fretboard wood between the edge of the neck at the low E string, and more wood between the high E string and the other edge of the fretboard...

i can feel a difference, even if its 1/16 of whatever or whatever.. it just felt wider without the mastery bridge...i can feel less room...

improved vibration, yes,... great... less spacing between strings, even so slight, but i feel it... not soo good...

anyone else feel this way??? anyone else use this mastery tele bridge???

i guess i just wanna know, is the spacing on the mastery bridge the correct vintage spacing??? i know the wilkinson compensated bridge advertises that the spacing is correct vintage spacing? and that there is some incorrect, maybe, 'chinese' spacing, or something that isnt correct??

does anyone know wether the spacing on the mastery bridge is more correct for a modern tele???

i just feel in a way now im a bit torn between the 1. well is sounds better (acoustically) now than it did, but 2. im compensating feel when i play... should i just suck it up and get used to it... or should i put the old bridge back on and perhaps buy some of those wilkinson compensated brass saddles that might not improve the tone (but should help prevent slippage, which is why id get those wilkinson ones) that the mastery does...

or should i just get drunk and forget everything!! hahahah

i know, option 3 sounds best...

its proof the if it aint broke dont fix it thing..it was fine before, i just wanted to help string slippage and intonate better... then the super geek side of me took over...
 

Whiskeyrebel

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If it were mine I would consider the extra space to the edge of the fingerboard as a bonus. I think I must clobber the hell out of my strings because sometimes I knock them off the edge of the fingerboard. I've gotten my strings caught on the edge of a neck PU bobbin.

Play it for a while with the new bridge before you decide. If you DO get used to the new feel, you're set.
 






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