Telemasters: six saddle or three barrel....

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  1. bynt

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    I can't wait for the responses. I love to hear people use words like woody, spongy, airy, etc. Silly words used to describe tone are funny. :dude
     
  3. bynt

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    Me too. I think it's hard not to use them if someone wants to know what something sounds like, but I'm down for these as tone describing adjectives:

    Stinky
    Creamy
    Bittersweet
    Factual
    Regurgitory
    Nefarious
    Shame-based
    Any flavor of Ice cream
    Nag Champa
    Patchouli
    Sandalwood
    Nurturing
    Paper cut on the tongue
    Gougey
    Assy

    I think I've usurped my own thread. Tangents, tangents, tangents.
     
  4. riggergreg

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    I use Glendale compensated barrel saddles... Just because they look cool:cool:


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  5. J Purcell

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    3 barrel. Better sustain.
     
  6. studiodunn

    studiodunn Silver Supporting Member

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    six - if you are anal about set-up and intonation

    three - you want to look cool.

    I assume this will be the last post since I've covered all the bases.
     
  7. teleking36

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    glendale user myself. gotta love the 3 barrel setup.
     
  8. Brick

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    3 barrel for me

    Unless you use Glendale's, then you get the intonation and the 'cool' look with 3. :D
     
  9. HeeHaw

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    Brass barrrels have a smokey tone.
     
  10. gkoelling

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    If you're looking for stinky, creamy, bittersweet, factual, regurgatory, nefarious, shame-based, rocky-road, nag champa, patchouli, sandalwood, nurturing, paper cut on tongue, gougey, assy, sweet singing tone with beautiful sustain you have to use a three saddle bridge.

    Otherwise it doesn't matter.
     
  11. 78tsubaki

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    3 brass barrels cause brass rhymes with ass!
     
  12. duckbunny

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    3-barrel. Brass...compensated.
    Smokey, Austere, yet somewhat impudent. Green nose, yet buttery, with long legs and a peppery finish.

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    :D


    -db
     
  13. doublee

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    You have forgot "Icepicky"
     
  14. HeeHaw

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    Brass has a harmonic complexity and detail that cannot easily be quantified or categorized by mere words on an internet foru.
     
  15. DWB1960

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    3 barrel. IMO it's not even a tele if it has 6 saddles. The added transfer of string energy to the body having 2 strings per barrel is the key to getting that killer tele sustain when overdriven. Again, IMO.
     
  16. doublee

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    Agreed, and it also makes them a little harder to play which is part of the appeal, they are unruly and unpredictable...great stuff.
     
  17. wgs1230

    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Supporting Member

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    Don't forget the hints of fresh topsoil and butcher's leather.

    Seriously, if we're talking about the 6-saddle steel ashtray... the bridge posts on the stock Fender item slip unless you mod or treat them (nail hardener, no kidding). Ask Bill Chapin about his adventures w/ ballpeen hammer to that end.

    6-saddle brass is alright, Keef has obviously made it work for a long time now, but the note decay is very different from a properly set-up 3-saddle steel, rearguardless of saddle material (I like brass).
     
  18. FloridaSam

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    3 Saddle Brass= Chuck Norris

    6 Saddle= Kevin Federline
     
  19. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Three barrel. That's what came on my guitar.

    Bryan
     
  20. JES1680

    JES1680 Silver Supporting Member

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    One brass barrel in the middle and two individual saddles on either side. Yep, its time for the Prius Hybrid tele bridge!

    All kidding aside, I have two with brass barrels and one with 6 saddles. I prefer the barrels.
     

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