What is the best Tele bridge?

briny001

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Working on a Tele project and I was wondering what you guys thought about the Tele bridges that are out there. 
A 6 saddle bridge is preferable, but I might be convinced of a 3 saddle. I want a quality bridge but I also don't want to spend a lot of money on it.
Suggestions?
 

NonsenseTele

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Hummmm pretty much all good stuff cost a lot, it's pretty basic and will be like this forever, good materials are expensive, get a very accurate machines are expensive etc...

I think the best compromise is Gotoh, good stuff, sounds cool and have reasonable prices...
 

mayfly

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Well, depends on what you mean by "best".  Best for me is a Joe Barden bridge.  It has that 3 barrrel tone, but it intonates properly.  It's thicker than your' average pressed steel tele bridge, and has holes for the upper screws - both of these will help cut back the tele screech.

Aaaand - you can use it with a bender.   :icon_thumright:
 

NonsenseTele

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For best I would get Glendale (in did I got :laughing7:)

The 'ears' of the bridge are lower than normal, so won't be messing while you're playing, good materials and accurate intonation...
But it IS expensive
 

Funky Phil

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How about the Wilkinson with swivel brass saddles...?

http://www.allparts.com/store/guitar-bridges-for-telecaster-reg-guitars-tb-5128-001,Product.asp

For the ultimate, use the Wilkinson swivel saddles with a Callaham or Glendale plate.

IMO the three saddle bridge, with brass saddles, does the Tele tone best.
 

tfarny

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Just upgraded from the gotoh that warmoth sells to the Joe Barden compensated vintage tele bridge - it was $50 on ebay and it's a really nice bridge. Who knows if it's the 'best' - I haven't tried them all, but it's a really nice bridge, zero pingy weirdness coming from the strings, solid, and it intonates about as well as a 6 saddle design.
 

blue313

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I've got Callaham's Tele bridge with his compensated vintage saddles.  No tuning or intonation issues of any kind.  Fantastic string to body tone transfer.
 

NonsenseTele

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Blue313 said:
Fantastic string to body tone transfer.

I've mis-used the neckplate screws on the bridge of my Tele, shall help to transfer the vibration to/from the wood :laughing7:
 

Tonar8352

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I used a few Callaham bridges and saddles until I learned about Glendale on this forum.  Since then I have used about 5 or six Glendale bridges and saddles.  Everyone is very impressed with the tone.  The only time I would not use one is if I were doing a total vintage replica or on a fancy finish guitar I would use an ElDorado with Glendale saddles.
 

briny001

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Thanks for the input, guys.  Right now, I think that my other project will dictate how much money I'll allocate toward the Tele project, but I'll probably end up with the Gotoh.
 

tfarny

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For the Gotoh price, the Barden is better especially if you like a vintage look, but also the saddles are real tele saddles.
 
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NonsenseTele said:
For best I would get Glendale (in did I got :laughing7:)

The 'ears' of the bridge are lower than normal, so won't be messing while you're playing, good materials and accurate intonation...
But it IS expensive

+1

Glendale makes several Tele bridges.  I think their compensated saddles are the real gem though.
 

dm251z

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I removed the tele bridge, and routed the body for a gotoh-wilkinson tremolo, and I LOVE IT!!  Of course I also made other mods for the electronics (now dual humbucker), so I guess it's not really a tele anymore.  :icon_jokercolor:
 
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callaway

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I ordered the Gotoh Standard Tele 6-saddle bridge for my walnut Thinline project (due to my door next Tuesday), but I'm wondering if I should get the Joe Barden bridge instead. Only $20 more... of course I'd have to dump the Gotoh Bridge since it's already on its way.
 
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