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Telecaster Question

kebotrans

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For all the parts guys. Is it possible to change of the fender flat type tele bridge with a vintage style like a Callaham or Glendale? I want to change that bridge ASAP
 

Geek USA

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I don't think there are any ashtray vintage bridges that retrofit modern bridge equipped teles. There are those like Callaham that have the brass saddles, but its still the flat elongated modern baseplate. The spacing of the strings in relation to the modern and vintage saddles is very different.
 
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Flat bridge plates come on both the Standard (MIM) and American Standard, but are not the same. The MIM bridge plate is shorter, and has the same mounting holes as the vintage ashtray plate.

The American Standard is the longer of the two with different mounting holes. Glendale makes an ashtray plate for this configuration. It's longer like the plate it replaces, but keeps you from having to take a drill to your Telecaster.

Edit: Looks like Glendale makes "double cut" plates with lower edges than the traditional ashtray.
 
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AudioEcstasy

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It would be a little difficult to retrofit, but buying an unfinished body and building one on wouldn't be too hard
 

TresGatos

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Glendale 3-hole conversion plate. If yours mounts on 3 holes, this is what you use. If yours is 4 holes, all the regular vintage models will work.

 

rhinocaster

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The only thing that you must be aware of with the Glendale is that the saddles are going to be a LOOOONG way away from the back of the bride plate due to the difference in the designs. It's a great bridge plate and it's only an aesthetic issue but it does look a bit odd and it's not something that everyone is going to be okay with. :)
 

TresGatos

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The only thing that you must be aware of with the Glendale is that the saddles are going to be a LOOOONG way away from the back of the bride plate due to the difference in the designs. It's a great bridge plate and it's only an aesthetic issue but it does look a bit odd and it's not something that everyone is going to be okay with. :)
True. you can see it here on my guitar. This is a special one for a humbucker, but the saddle placement is the same for a standard pickup.

 






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