After a period of testing and comparison to other Telecasters, I ended up reinstalling the old bridge again – and I’m very happy with it. The bridge will still need to be adjusted for proper string height (using the two Allen screws at the end of each bridge piece) and accurate intonation (using the screws running from each bridge piece to the back of the bridge). Refretted with Dunlop 6100 frets for real string-bending meat. 5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 John Carruthers shows us the proper way to adjust the Tune-o-Matic Guitar Truss Rod, Bridge, Nut and Intonation. Some Tele bridges have these two extra screws; some don't. Next, I installed the two screws at the front of the bridge. Replaced neck and middle Strat pickups with two Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Tele neck pickups; this required a new custom pickguard. Once the pickup is bolted in, the bridge can be set in place. But recently, I decided to resurrect the guitar and make it into the Tele I always wanted. Fortunately, several aftermarket manufacturers are making such bridges, including some that are designed to improve the intonation over an old-style Tele bridge. Kluson Vintage Replacement Bridge For Fender Telecaster Steel With Brass Intonated Saddles. Note the angled tops on the brass bridge pieces; they compensate for intonation. Once the pickup has been unscrewed from the bridge plate, the old bridge can be set aside. The finished guitar, with the new bridge in place! Exclusive deals, delivered straight to your inbox. The PH2 screwdriver seems to fit most of these longer screws nicely. That's it! By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies unless you have disabled them. The telecaster bridge is unique and has to be removed to take the lead pickup out. Like the old bridge, four main mounting screws are used to hold it in place. Happy customers, one piece of gear at a time! A different guitar! POSTSCRIPT: As it turned out, I wasn’t happy with the tone of the guitar with the new bridge in place. This is a 4 step series. Next, I removed the four main bridge mounting screws. To learn more about our cookie policy, please check our Privacy Policy. The original evolution went something like this: Though I hated the neck, I played the guitar in that configuration for hundreds of gigs with country and wedding bands. SKU: KVITB. John Carruthers shows us the proper way to adjust the Tune-o-Matic Guitar Truss Rod, Bridge, Nut and Intonation. Over the years it evolved substantially into what you now see here. With over 28,000 articles and counting, inSync is your FREE resource for breaking news, reviews, demos, interviews, and more. If you want to be more flexible, you can install the Fender 4-way Tele switch, as shown in the circuit below. Changing the bridge on a Telecaster is an easy operation, requiring just a screwdriver. GORE, ELIXIR, NANOWEB, POLYWEB, GREAT TONE • LONG LIFE, "e" icon, and designs are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates. Being music makers ourselves, we love geeking out on all things gear. But I found myself wondering what the FrankenTele might sound like with a vintage-style 3-piece bridge. There are four large mounting screws under the six bridge pieces on the right. The instrument is the sum of its parts, which all interact to create the overall sound and feel. There are also two small screws on the left of the bridge for stabilization. Traded an old pedalboard (without pedals!) Remove the screws for the bridge. Depending on the guitar, you may or may not need to remove the bridge plate in order to change the pickup. So, in short, all you do is change the #2 position of your 3-way switch, so that the bridge and neck pickups are in series instead of parallel. To change the look, I went with a black/white/black pickguard instead of the original single-ply white. Took out the neck pickup. Here's the original bridge … (In some cases, metal springs may take the place of the tubing.) Installed neck and middle pickups from a 1980s Strat by routing a cutout in the body, cutting an extra hole in the original pickguard, and enlarging the original neck pickup hole in the body and the pickguard. Mark each saddle like in the picture. Changing the bridge on a Telecaster is an easy operation, requiring just a screwdriver. One of my oldest guitars is the “FrankenTele” – a much maligned and abused Telecaster. To begin, I removed the two screws from the front of the bridge plate. The little toggle switch still serves the same function: it turns the middle pickup on and off. It just goes to show that you never know how a change to a guitar is going to work out. The finished bridge with strings in place. ©2009-2020 W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Replaced bridge pickup with a Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue pickup for a fuller, warmer sound. There’s no need to solder or disconnect the pickup. There are three screws that hold the bridge pickup into the bridge plate. Kluson Left Hand Vintage Replacement Bridge For Fender Telecaster Steel With Brass Saddles. They are used to adjust the height and the angle of the pickup; the pickup screws thread into holes in a metal plate on the bottom of the pickup. Store Hours, If you have any questions, please call us at (800) 222-4700. If you decide to take any off, use your calipers and measure from the front of them to the back of the bridge plate, so that you don't lose your intonation. This website uses cookies. There’s no need to solder or disconnect the pickup. What matters is what works best for the sound you want!