The Joe Barden Vintage and American Standard Bridges for Telecasters™ solve all of the structural problems and intonation issues inherent in the original designs. The heavily plated bridge-plates are made of the same material as the original, but slightly thicker, making the plate less prone to unwanted squeal. All Telecaster Bridge models feature a Danny Gatton-inspired “scoop” at the front of the treble sidewall to avoid constantly hitting the plate when finger-picking. Both bridges have 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 string thru holes on the Vintage Bridge model are located behind the mounting holes at the rear most part of the bridge-plate and located just IN FRONT of the 4 mounting holes on an American Standard Bridge.
Three compensated brass saddles provide correct intonation for all six strings. 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.
When considering which model fits your guitar (Vintage or American Standard) consider that the string-thru hole location is a primary differentiating factor that determines which model of Bridgeplate will fit your instrument. Please contact us if you are unsure which model is right for your guitar.