Joe Barden Vintage Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit for Telecasters™ solves all of the structural problems and intonation issues inherent in the original parts.
The heavily plated Bridgeplate is made of the same material as the original, but slightly thicker, making the plate less prone to unwanted squeal. Using the originally spec'd material insures that the vintage tone and slightly microphonic nature of your Telecaster will not be lost.
In addition, the Bridgeplate features a Danny Gatton-inspired "scoop" at the front of the treble sidewall, a tremendous aid to fingerpickers who find themselves constantly hitting the plate while playing. The Bridgeplate has two additional mounting holes at the front edge to provide secure fastening at all four corners, if desired (use of these mounting holes is optional).
The bridgeplate has 4 mounting holes at the rear. The string thru holes on the plate are located behind the mounting holes at the rear most part of the bridgeplate. In contrast, on an American Standard bridgeplate (currently not available from JBE), they are located just IN FRONT of the 4 mouting holes
When considering which model fits your guitar (Vintage or Amercian Standard) consider that the string-thru hole location is a primary differentiating factor that determines which model of Bridgeplate will fit your instrument. Shown here is the Vintage bridgeplate. Notice that the string-thru holes are behind the 4 mounting holes.
Rule of thumb: String-thru holes BEHIND the mounting holes = Vintage Bridgeplate. String-thru holes IN FRONT of the mounting holes = the American. Standard bridgeplate. Fender continues to offer both styles on their various Fender Telecaster models so you must determine which one will fit your guitar using this simple guideline .
The Joe Barden saddles (3 come with the Bridgeplate Assembly) are also made to vintage specs, using the brass material, but have their adjustment holes drilled at three different angles to provide correct intonation for all six strings, each of which requires a different saddle position.
As an added feature, the outside saddles are notched under the "E" strings, like the vintage '53 saddles. This notch helps correct the "loud outside string" problem common to many Telecasters, and adds additional height adjustment capability, while retaining an important and authentic vintage design spec.
The Saddles are also available separately from http://www.allparts.com/joe-barden or through your local dealer.They will mount directly to an original bridgeplate. All necessary hardware is supplied.
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