Options abound for Tele-style bridges, but here are 10 to get you thinking about what a swap could do for your guitar.
Be it for intonation issues, functionality, aesthetics, or something else, a bridge upgrade can be a quick cure for what’s ailing your Tele-style axe. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 options for this easy DIY mod.g-gotoh.com fullcontacthardware.com callahamguitars.com
Vintage BridgeplateAlso available in an American Standard version, this bridge is made of the same spec’d material as the original but is slightly thicker to make it less prone to unwanted squeal.
GOTOHModern Bridge for TeleThis beefier version of a traditional Tele bridge features a solid-brass baseplate and six completely adjustable saddles for fine-tuning string height, radius, and intonation.
BABICZFCH TeleThis direct coupling system features the company’s “eCAM” saddle design, which eliminates unwanted space between the bottom of the saddle and the top of the plate.
MaverickIf a tremolo is in order, the Maverick features the company’s “Blade” technology for clarity, sustain, and stability, and V-Tone vintage-style brass saddles.
Adjustable Compensated BridgeA locking pivot screw in the center of each unplated brass saddle on this 3-saddle design allows for precision string-intonation adjustment.
M4The M4’s baseplate is CNC water-cut from stainless non-ferrous steel, while the solid-brass saddles feature the company’s unique hard-chrome-plating not found on other bridges.
CALLAHAMVintage TCrafted with thicker, specially treated steel for an 80-percent increase in rigidity, this bridge design is intended to dramatically increase sustain, volume, and note separation.
Steel Replacement BridgeDesigned with vintage-bridge specs, these replacement units have a stamped-steel baseplate and brass saddles like the originals, but feature higher quality finish work.
TL BridgeThis bridge’s lightweight aluminum body and raw-brass saddle construction is intended to provide warm and bell-like tone transfer from strings to the body of a guitar.