Compensated Bridge Saddles for Tele, Set of 3

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Compensated Bridge Saddles for Tele, Set of 3

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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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Excellent stuff

(Customer's Reviews)

These brass saddles rocks! Great vintage look and excellent sound.
Must have for Telecaster owners. Very easy to mount.
Im happy with my purchase and with stewmac service.


Perfect Intonation, Improved Tone

(Customer's Reviews)

I bought these saddles so I could keep the original tele setup but have proper intonation. When I received the saddles, I was confused as to why some of the saddles were angled the wrong way. I decided to read the directions which clearly stated you might have to flip the saddles to get the proper orientation. After that I put a new set of strings on, tuned up and set the intonation. I immediately noticed when one string's intonation was sharp or flat, the string sharing that saddle was sharp or flat to the same degree.

After getting it all adjusted, this guitar has better intonation than some of my guitars with individual saddles. Also, I had no issues getting my string height as low as I wanted without bottoming out the saddles or needing to shave some off. My string height is roughly 4/64" at the 17th fret for reference.

Also, something I wasn't expecting is that these brass saddles gave my tone more brilliance and clarity than the stock brass saddles. It could be because they have a little more material to them than the stock saddles.



(Customer's Reviews)

I believe on a tele the saddles are the #1 way to improve tone, more than any other model including strats. The improvement can seem subtle depending on what saddles you replace and what you replace them with. The stewmacs to my ear were the best. I didn't buy them because they are compensated. I bought them looking for tone as i did all the rest. The stewmacs turned out to be my favorites. Even over a boutique set that cost me well over double what the stewmacs did.I swapped them back and fourth over the course of months on several teles till i was so familiar with the differences that i was 100% sure of which sounded best. What i found is that the balance is great, the trebles don't overpower the low strings yet still have the snap and twang you buy a tele for. And while they have plenty of that, somehow they remain smooth in the highs rather then getting harsh. Others that had enough highs to retain the classic tele tone would get harsh in the highs. If they didn't sound harsh, then they weren't clear enough. The stewmacs give it all at the same time which in my book makes them the best i have used and all i use now. I have no doubt that whoever developed these put a lot of thought and R&D into the specific alloy used in order to find the best balance of all desirable tonal details. Either that or it was a heck of a happy accident ! I also like that the height screws are small and closer to the saddle ends so they don't interfere with the strings. Not a small benefit.

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