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I'm looking to mod a donor Tele and I'd like to try out a different bridge plate and saddles, anyone have a suggestion?
 

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Do you like the traditional 3 saddle Tele bridge, or the more modern 6 saddle bridge?

If you like the 3 saddle I would highly recommend Marc Rutters. I own several and they are the best IMHO. There are also great options available from Glendale and Callaham.

If you like the 6 saddle I highly recommend the Gotoh Modern Bridge.
 

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I like both 3 and 6 saddle. They can be set up properly and do a decent job of intonation.

You pretty much nailed down the two I was considering but having a tough time deciding on. I like the Rutters 3 saddle steel machined bridge and I would like to try out Gotoh out as well in some form. I have Callaham and Glendale and am very happy with them so far.
 

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I put Callaham's on mine.
 

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I always wanted to try these 'full contact' designs. It's such an elegant solution. I had a similar idea and then discovered this was already available and all the engineering was already done! Someday I'm gonna get me one.

Babicz Full Contact Hardware - With "eCAM" Saddle Technology from Babicz - FCH Tele Bridge

Oh and it lacks those blasted set screws which, if they are even slightly exposed (i.e. a bit too long for the setup) cut into my picking hand.
 

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Very interesting. Thanks. I have a squire tele that I have updated the pups (Reilander) and the pots, switch and cap. I have been mulling if I should change the bridge or not so this discussion and advice is very helpful. The only fly in the ointment is it has to be a left handed bridge. So far the only ones I have been able to find are at Allparts.
 

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Here is a nice 3 hole modern mount ash tray style by Glendale.

Or you can also go Callaham or Rutters for a modern non ashtray style, all are excellent pieces of hardware.

 

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I think I'm going to go with the Rutters. I already have a few of the others mentioned here and it's time I try them, was close in the past but didn't happen.
 

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I always wanted to try these 'full contact' designs. It's such an elegant solution. I had a similar idea and then discovered this was already available and all the engineering was already done! Someday I'm gonna get me one.

Babicz Full Contact Hardware - With "eCAM" Saddle Technology from Babicz - FCH Tele Bridge

Oh and it lacks those blasted set screws which, if they are even slightly exposed (i.e. a bit too long for the setup) cut into my picking hand.
I also have a Babicz on my tele and I love it
 

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I went with the three saddle (compensated) Wilkinson (import) on my dirt cheap partstele. Seems ok, great price. Got it from Bezdez, who is in Canada, and has great selections and prices.



 
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Bezdez is great to deal with.
Not sure if they still do it, but, If you call in your order, there's a discount.
1-800-377-3187
 

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The Klein I ordered for my Monty tele build is a high quality piece - on par with the Glendales I've owned at half the price.

 

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I always wanted to try these 'full contact' designs. It's such an elegant solution. I had a similar idea and then discovered this was already available and all the engineering was already done! Someday I'm gonna get me one.

Babicz Full Contact Hardware - With "eCAM" Saddle Technology from Babicz - FCH Tele Bridge

Oh and it lacks those blasted set screws which, if they are even slightly exposed (i.e. a bit too long for the setup) cut into my picking hand.
+1

Thats what I have on my Kinal tele. Super comfy, no rough edges. I haven't had to intonate in the 6 years I've played this as my main which says a lot. I have the ashtray, but that strat style looks slick.
 
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