Mickguard Posted September 9, 2005 Report Share Posted September 9, 2005 Okay boys, here's my latest brainstorm... I don't want to convert my tele to string through. I don't like the way it looks, don't believe the hype, and especially don't like my chances of getting those ferrules straight. If top-load was good enough for those old Esquires, it's good enough for me. So I'm looking at different ways of modding my bridge for top load. The first is simple, do it the way Fender did it, just drill holes in the back plate. But that means there's a loss in downward pressure on the saddles. (One of the reasons I've elminated the Bigsby from my telecaster, at least for the time being, is because of this issue--I don't like the loss in tension on the string.) I got to wondering...suppose I find a way to get the strings to wrap around the saddles, like on a one-piece Gibson or PRS bridge. That is, the strings load from in front of the saddles then wrap around to the top. For example, I have a hardtail bridge here. I could remove the saddles from that, and screw that into place in front of the saddle line. Wouldn't that eliminate the problem of downward pressure? And if that DOES work, wouldn't it be cool to be able to mod the tele bridge plate itself to do essentially the same thing? --i.e., drill the string holes then cut and bend that portion up...or weld a piece into place. Luckily for me, I have a new tele bridge coming in the mail. So the current bridge will serve as a prototype. By the way, in case you're wondering, part of all this is because I don't really like Fender's bridge designs-- I think they're flawed. Even with string through, there's a lack of downward pressure, the saddles aren't fixed so they can still dance around a bit. And they depend on screws to transfer vibrations to the surface of the guitar...just doesn't make sense to me. Hey, don't hit me, I'm just wondering.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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