Tele Bridges: Why do you like the "ashtray" instead of flat?

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  1. orogeny

    orogeny Supporting Member

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    I like 'em flat, it seems.
    I also like six saddles. . . . .

    Why do you like the ashtray?
    Why only three saddles for you?
     
  2. RockDC

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    I prefer six saddles for intonation.

    I prefer an ashtray though. I never thought I'd like an ashtray but I like to rest my pinky on it occasionally. I also prefer the look.
     
  3. Stratburst70

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    :phones

    Seriously though, some players feel the "block bridges" add more sustain and take away from that classic Tele twang.

    They don't seem to bother this guy . . .

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    Or this guy . . .

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    Or even this guy . . .

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    So YMMV.
     
  4. your name here

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    Tradition, looks and tone... I like the old style. Compensated saddles for better intonation, if you must. :)
     
  5. jamester

    jamester Silver Supporting Member

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    I prefer the three barrel saddles, but not necessarily the ashtray bridge.
     
  6. bigtone23

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    The ashtray is not important, neither are three saddles, but I do like the simplicity of 3 saddles. (mine are compensated)
     
  7. Krausewitz

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    I think three saddles looks better (purely aesthetic), and I find that ashtray are actually really comfortable (you can rest the heel of your hand on them).
     
  8. TheoDog

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    3 barrel is less parts. Each contact point has more pressure. Overall, it is the same amount of pressure. The lip of the ashtray is a pinky anchor for me.
    I also appreciate vintage looks.
     
  9. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    Since I mute with my picking hand, I don't like the ashtray style. The sharp edges of the bent steel feel like they are cutting into my palm.
     
  10. jota

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    This.
    I noticed that after trying to use my strat at band practice the other day!
    There's a song where I do tremolo picking and I had no place to rest my pinky for support!

    I like the look of the three sadles and never had intonation issues with compensated saddles.

    Mine is starting to get rusty!
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  11. C-4

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    It's been my findings from owning many teles, with each type of bridge, that the 3-saddle variety is stiffer feeling to me, then the 6 individual saddle type.
     
  12. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    i got it in my head they were superior for the best traditional telecaster tone. people planted the seed. people who knew a lot about guitars.

    then i played the flat, six chrome saddle bridge popular on new telecasters and on boutique guitars like anderson, etc.

    and that's when i 100% realized i like the original set up better, 100% better.

    chopped traditional 3 barrel bridges, and top loaders are sassy and sound terrific, too!
     
  13. K-Line

    K-Line Gold Supporting Member

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    I like flat and 3 brass. Tone is more tele like.
     
  14. zztomato

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    3 barrel for me. I believe two strings sharing only two pressure points help the sound- or at least are responsible for the typical tele tone.
    The Mastery bridge has only two saddle pieces with 3 strings bearing down on two contact points. It definitely has a very nice sound to it- solid with lots of sustain.
     
  15. Steely Diode

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    I like the ash tray because, with a little palm pressure, I can get a "sitar" buzz effect.
    As far as the 3-barrel saddles, I'm ambivalent. I like 'em for the vintagey thing, but I think six adjustable saddles are more practical. I have both and enjoy both.
     
  16. Fatboy666

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    ashtray

    pinky rest
     
  17. T Dizz

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    +1 gotta anchor :aok
     
  18. Dubious

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    gotta have 3 barrels IMO - mine are intonated - flat or ashtray is moot - i have 1 of each
     
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    Mine came like this, so, unless there's a reason for me to change, I think I'll keep it.

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  20. Deed_Poll

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    My nose isn't the best but I wouldn't trade it. That's just how my face is.

    Also, 3 saddle bridge, always.
     

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