Tele saddles: tilt or slant compensated?

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  1. geodr

    geodr Member

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    I'm replacing the bridge on my tele (pretty happy with the Glendale I have) with a half bridge to put a HB-sized P-90 in the bridge position. Wondering if I should stick with the slant compensated saddles (several options available), or go for a Rutters bridge with tilt compensated saddles. Any thoughts on whether the Rutters tilt compensated are as effective and playable as slant compensated saddles ?
     
  2. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    Not sure what the difference is between slant and tilt - from googling, looks like two different words for the same thing.

    What I really like best are the Wilkinson saddles that are straight but compensate by moving the top point for each string (just google for pictures). I currently use a Wilkinson half-bridge with those saddles, and the pickup screwed directly into the wood. Best setup I've ever had.
     
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    I can't imagine any of the two options being best case scenario for intonation. If intonation is important to you I would recommend the modern tele bridges with a saddle for each string.
     
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    slant compensated:
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    Rutters tilt compensated:
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    Wilkenson notch compensated:
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  5. Telecasteur

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    The stock 3 saddle works fine, you just have to intonate and tune a little bit differently.

    Read this and then decide if you want to spend money on tilted/compensated bridges:

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/choosing-installing/tech-tips/saddle_up_your/

    It really works, Jerry Donahue knows what he's talking about.

    I did this to my MIM tele and it sounds just as in tune as any 6 saddle guitar I've had. Possibly better, as it's my favorite guitar since.
     
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    I like having the notches. The height screws do ok keeping the strings in place and the slanted barrels look cooler IMHO. I have Callaham in the Wilkinson style above with notches to maintain string spacing with Bigsby use. When I use a heavier pick, I sometimes pop them out of the notches.
     
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    I have the Rutters saddles on one of my Teles and like them a lot. Intonation is perfect and the notches really work to keep the strings from slipping around.
     
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    I've tried both the Jerry Donahue method and the Glendale compensated saddles on my '52 RI. For me, the Glendales were more accurate and in tune. I'm no Jerry Donahue.
     
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    +1 on the Rutters saddles. I prefer them over anything else I've tried. Vintage tone and perfect tuning are both there in spades.
     
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    The key is to tune your G string fretting the 12th fret. the rest you can tune open or 12th harmonic.

    Assuming you've intonated the middle saddle so that D is flat and G is sharp (at 12th harmonic).

    Do what works for you though! I'm just saying people should give this a try first.

    That may be. Good thing he doesn't tune pianos. :)
     
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    Did you try the Gotoh saddles with adjustable position? You could see them on Suhr T-style guitars.

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    this is the best option really
     
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    I have a set of the Rutters Broadcaster saddles. Great tone and intonation.
     
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    With my Wilkinson, I use .009-.042 strings, top loading, and HEAVY picks, and never have any problems with things popping out of notch.
     
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    It is easy to file the barrels if necessary
     
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    I use Adamas 2.0 with 10-46 and have gotten the low E to jump a couple times. Not really a problem IMHO.
     

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