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Which bridge are you using on your Nocaster?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Kmaz, May 24, 2011.

  1. Kmaz

    Kmaz Member

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    Just curious about other Nocaster owners who may have upgraded their bridge. Worthwhile change?
     
  2. snarkle

    snarkle Silver Supporting Member

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    Personally, I haven't felt the need to, so I'm sticking with the vintage-style unit that came stock on my burgundy mist example. (A Wildwood NOS guitar, with the 9.5" radius and big frets, by the way.)

    But, being a typical TGP gear hound, if someone can make a convincing case for an upgrade I'd be interested in hearing it, too.
     
  3. Random Hero

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    I tried a Wilkinson bridge on my old Nocaster, with the compensated saddles. It was a bit thicker than the stock plate so it lost a bit of twang but it did sound good - a different kind of good I guess. I ended up keeping the saddles but dumping the bridge as I wanted the twang back so I put them on the original bridge.
     
  4. Kmaz

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    Thanks, guys. I'm liking mine stock as well, but thought it worth looking into. I've got the total vintage Nocaster but would love some bigger frets on the neck.
     
  5. Jedi

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    Been using mine with the stock bridge since 2000....many gigs, no issues and IMHO the stock bridge is part of the tone.
     
  6. Prairie Belt

    Prairie Belt Supporting Member

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    I just kept the stock bridge on & I've been really happy with it. I've used Callaham bridges on two teles before that. The build quality is excellent and they sound great, but I haven't felt the need to put one on my Nocaster. The Callaham seemed to smooth things out a lot, I guess it lost some the raw quality that I like about teles.
     
  7. WrapAround

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    Mine's been on there since 1996 and never been swapped.
     
  8. musicofanatic5

    musicofanatic5 Member

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    I wouldn't want anything but the cheap, stamped steel Fndr bridge. I grind away the lip adjacent to the high E string, but other than that, stock.
     
  9. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    All stock on mine.
     

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