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Left Hand Telecaster Compatible Ash-Tray Bridge BT005

Left Hand Telecaster Compatible Ash-Tray Bridge BT005


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Telecaster Compatible Bridge with Vintage Saddles

This Telecaster-compatible bridge is a high-quality replacement bridge designed to fit the vast majority of Tele-style guitars. Coming with steel saddles and a brass base plate, it's perfect as a replacement for your existing Tele bridge, or as part of a brand new Telecaster-style build.

Steel Saddles

These particular steel saddles have grooves that stagger the breakpoint of each string. This results in a more exacting intonation when compared to traditional vintage-style saddles. Each of these saddles is reversible and can be used in any position. Their steel construction delivers a bright tonality that will stand up to plenty of abuse.

Dual Loading Bridge Design

This bridge is dual-loading, so you can have your strings as top loading or string through. There are various reasons you might choose either, so having both as an option is a pretty good deal!

String Thru

When using a string-thru bridge, you'll have increased tension versus that of a top-loading bridge, which some players prefer as it gives you a more stable playing platform, particularly when you're plucking with your fingers. It really comes down to personal preference which you prefer, as both will sound equally great, just different.

Top Loading

When top loading, the strings are top mounted to the back of the bridge, which means a slightly lesser string tension than that of a through body. This will make the guitar sound more resonant and lively, which some players prefer over string-thru style bridges.

Tele Bridge Design

The Telecaster bridge design is unique because it also acts as a mount for the bridge pickup. Most likely influenced by the design of lap steel guitars, the baseplate increases the magnetic force of the Alnico slugs on the pickups, upping the magnetic strength and making the pickups more powerful. This sonic side effect is what gives Tele pickups their cutting sound.

Vintage 'Ash Tray' Style

This bridge has the classic vintage 'Ash-Tray ' style design made famous by the original Telecaster. The original came with a cover that went over the bridge, allegedly to prevent interference from the pickup, but the vast majority of players removed these immediately. This left a raised surround that looked remarkedly similar to an ashtray, hence the name!

Replacement Tele Bridge

This replacement Telecaster Bridge will offer a massive improvement over that which came stock on your Tele guitar. It's a high-quality bit of kit that will see improvements in tone, tuning stability, sustain, and intonation.

BT005 Specifications

  • String Spacing 10.8mm (54mm E to E)
  • Saddle Material - Steel
  • String Mounting - String Thru or Top Loader


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