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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Compensated 3 saddles vs 6 saddles on a telecaster

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jul 20th, 2017 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know I can look this up on the internet but why not ask guys I "know".

I don't know why the 3 are better than the 6 for intonation, first of all.

Thank you.

Te 52

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Jul 20th, 2017 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Six are better for intonation, but three can get very close, especially if they are compensated.

With three, there is more downforce on each saddle, which keeps the saddles from shifting around, and, some say, makes for a more authoritative tone, or better sustain, etc.

There's also aesthetics. The original Telecaster had three saddles, and it's imprtant to many to keep that look.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:10 PM, Jul 20th, 2017)

Ryder
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Jul 20th, 2017 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Te

Therealfrogman

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I suck at it but it is still fun!
Jul 20th, 2017 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have managed to intonate the Teles I have with three barrels however, I have one with the 6 steel barrel saddles and I love it, sounds sweet too and I think they look better than either the vintage or modern style.

Ryder
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Jul 20th, 2017 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm thinking, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Therealfrogman

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I suck at it but it is still fun!
Jul 20th, 2017 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thats just a theory, Ryder... not real life ;)

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Jul 20th, 2017 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a fan of three saddles with compensation. The Wilkinson bridge w/three saddles is excellent for a build.

I do not like the "twisted" look of some compensated saddles.

"I'm thinking, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

My problem is a like to tinker. I can't leave anything alone.

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Jul 20th, 2017 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My problem is a like to tinker. I can't leave anything alone."

I'm sure it's a syndrome (like GAS) but I don't know what the acronym would be for it...

What ever it is, I got it!

:^)

(and +1 on the Wilkinson)


SonicBlue

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Jul 21st, 2017 04:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"if it ain't broke, you haven't been trying"

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Jul 23rd, 2017 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm sure it's a syndrome (like GAS) but I don't know what the acronym would be for it..."

The Impulse To Try Improving Everything Syndrome?




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Jul 23rd, 2017 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My problem is a like to tinker. I can't leave anything alone"

boy you just nailed it.....I happen to suffer from the same affliction....but I wouldn't have it any other way...;-0

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Jul 23rd, 2017 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know I'm not the only one here that finds working with tools theraputic. I have a few holy grail amps, but I'm still compelled to get out the soldering stick and build more. I'm not searching for better tone, I just need to put things together.

I also have to make things from wood, and melting metal with arc/mig/tig is yet another disease I suffer from.

Sadly, my paying gig involves a computer and a phone. Only two tools. Pathetic :0(

Tools, baby!

Ryder
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Jul 23rd, 2017 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really don't like to tinker. I'd rather leave it to someone who knows how and likes to. Playing has always been therapeutic for me.

I do like to work with wood.

I made a living doing art so that's not too therapeutic for me.

Now that I'm retired I don't paint much but I do work with wood...something I didn't have time for while working.

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