Tele twang from a Strat .. hardtail a must or can I still use a trem?

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  1. SiloScience

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    Planning another project. This time I'd like to build a single pickup strat. Aiming at Lifeson's early 80's stuff (Big Money type sounds). Anyhow, can Tele twang be obtained using a trem (std fender?) or do I need to start with a hardtail?

    Yea, I know, just build a Tele. Nah ... That would make too much sense :)
     
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    VERY nice .... I've seen other bridges like that .... how is string spacing kept constant on saddles like that?
     
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    The tension of the strings keeps them in place, then over time little grooves form where the strings break over the saddles. Basically, no need to worry.
     
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    Hmm .. so what sets the spacing initially then? The through holes? I'm a bit used to 2 1/16th these days. I'm using a hardtail Strat right now with a Hipshot bridge, but it's a hollowed out ash/maple topped body that is lacking. Hence this new project.

    And also, am I destined to a fixed bridge to do this, or can I still get a reasonable twang with the trem? (Never owned a trem equipped guitar before, so I don't know any better ..). Guess I'm looking for Tele twang with trem ability. Possible? Not worth chasing?

    I live 180 miles from the nearest Guitar McCenter, otherwise I'd just pop in and set up shop for about 6 hours and figure this out myself :) Thx!
     
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    I have a Chapin "Just Like Lowell's"-style Stratahoula, has a Tele bridge pickup and an Alembic Stratoblaster, plus a Wilkinson trem, and it sounds just darned twangy to me when I crank the bridge. Which is a lot of the time. I can fake Tele pretty good with that guitar.
     
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    I hit that link the first time you sent it and I saw that one too! Holy Radioactive Coyotes, Batman! This project is starting to smell like a 2 knob black strat with a ??? single pickup at the bottom with THAT bridge. Maple/Maple neck. Gelling ... thinking ..... :)

    And +1 on the Stratoblaster, I use a derivative (sig).
     
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    Music Man's Albert Lee model has a base plate on the Bridge pickup ...
    Totally a Tele sound ..
     
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    Oh yeah......forgot to mention that I have a Fralin bridge pickup w/ a baseplate in the above clip.
     
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    Twangage! Very nice indeed. Thanks for that, and cool solo! Now I can say I've heard it. :)
     

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