Compensated Bridge Saddles for Tele, Set of 3

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A set that retains the vintage look and tone, but helps improve traditional 3-saddle Tele guitar bridge intonation.

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Compensated Bridge Saddles for Tele, Set of 3

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A set that retains the vintage look and tone, but helps improve traditional 3-saddle Tele guitar bridge intonation.

Each saddle is angled for better string length compensation.

Vintage-style polished unplated brass, with chrome height screws, springs and intonation screws. Similar to the saddles installed on the Danny Gatton signature series Tele guitar.

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Compensated Saddles for Telecaster

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Compensated Bridge Saddles for Tele, Set of 3

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Massive Toneful Bell-like!

By Hoopermazing from Michigan, U.S. of A
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 03, 2011

My Tele came with uncompensated brass saddles. The replacement (compensated) saddles are much more massive. Not only have they improved the intonation of my guitar to near perfection (at the 12th fret), I've also noticed an added bell-like chime that wasn't there before.

Be warned that the springs are very long, so threading the intonation screws is a bit tricky. It would probably be best to remove the bridge so the body of the guitar isn't in the way... but who am I kidding. I didn't even remove the strings.

Definitely helped

By JJuk from Fullerton, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 18, 2011

This was $15.00 well spent. It took my guitar from almost unplayable, due to poor intonation, to a joy to play. The brass preserves the vintage look of my 69' Tele. There's no noticeable tone improvement, but there is no loss of tone either. Very pleased!

No muss, no fuss

By Ranzerox66 from Alamogordo, NM
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 09, 2011

These are well-made no frills saddles. They adjust and intonate much like the old saddles from the '50's with a slight compensation. Much like the saddles from the 50's they aren't perfect. Even with the 'compensation' they won't intonate perfectly, however, if you know what you're doing with these little guys, they can and do work quite well by 'averaging' out the intonation. The instructions that come with these saddles arent' the best, and I would advise that if you have never adjusted saddles like this before that you read Dan Erlwine's book for proper set up. You can also opt to do a little research on your own from various internet sites that can advise you. All that being said, once these are installed and tuned up right, they are tone monsters. Mounted to a quality bridge or tailpiece these saddles sustain, sustain, sustain! I've installed many of these for customers as well as on my own telecasters and they really are great. (The price isn't bad either!)

Drastically improved intonation

By Old Town Gutiars from Georgetown, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 26, 2011

I installed these on my '72 Tele Custom RI. The intonation is much more precise, and the brass really fattened up tone compared to the stock steel saddles.

I'm now recommending them for nearly all of my client's three barrel Tele's.

They do the trick!

By StratCat from Mexico
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 07, 2011

I can only say that these really work nicely. In my Baja Telecaster, not only did the sound became a bit snappier and livelier, but the intonation across all strings was practically perfect! Definitely recommended for a tele with that vintage look.

Great upgrade for a Tele-style bridge

By Greg from Columbia, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 06, 2011

I got these for a parts-caster I've had for a few months (which I really love and play out with quite a bit). While these did not give me absolute perfect intonation, they got me so much closer than the original straight Fender saddles that it's just great. The added bonus, however, is that they added a little more dimension to the guitar's sound--now I really love this guitar! Thank you Stew-Mac!

All Telecasters Should Have These

By hotsauce57 from Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 15, 2010

I was reluctantly considering selling my Squier CV 50's Tele. I loved its tone, but it almost always sounded out of tune to me. I decided to gamble on a set of these saddles, and I am glad I did. The intonation is MUCH improved and the added sustain is a bonus. These changed a "just-OK" guitar into a keeper.

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