Tele Compensated Saddles?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by rich2k4, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. rich2k4

    rich2k4 Supporting Member

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    i've never really had experience with setting up the intonation on a tele with a vintage bridge.

    i'm used to strats, which have 1 intonation screw for each individual string.

    how does it work on the tele? do you just adjust the 3 screws until all the strings are somewhat intonated properly and up to pitch at the 12th fret?

    i'd assume it would be pretty hard to get each string perfect on a tele.
     
  2. soli528

    soli528 Silver Supporting Member

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    Compensated saddles help, but yes, you have to intonate in pairs, and just lean more toward the string that you need to be closest.
     
  3. schmerf

    schmerf Member

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    Good compensated saddles are wonderful. I've had a few teles with them that intonated as well as most other guitars I've had.
     
  4. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    Intonate the low E and let the A fall where it may, intonate the G and let the D fall where it may, intonate the high E and let the B fall where it may...or whatever method sounds best to you. IMHO, part of a Tele's primitive charm is being a little "out"...and its close enough for blues (or rock & roll) anyway.
     
  5. shally

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    makes me wonder if some of the masters who played jazz on their teles (ted greene comes to mind) had traditional brass saddle pairs, or 6 individual ?

    i know danny gatton had paired, but he wasnt really a jazzer..

    anyone know ?
     

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