Upgrading a bridge on a Squier Standard Telecaster

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by madmodder, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. madmodder

    madmodder Squier Talker

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    Mar 21, 2014
    new england
    The forgotten Squier? I have owned some Squiers in my time beginning with the first MIJ strats that came out in 1982. Along the way Squier has upped its game quite a bit. I am now the happy owner of a Classic Vibe 50's Telecaster which compares very well alongside some of the great guitars that have passed through my hands lo these many years. But one model seems to get lost in the shuffle and that is the Standard series Squier Telecaster which now retails for $249.00. I have just added one alongside of my CV Tele. The CV needs no modifications whatsoever. I may be inclined to mod the Standard. The only two things I would do would be to replace the bridge pup with something more retro (if at all) AND seek out a better bridge for the guitar.
    And now we come to the point of this post. 1) Has anyone replaced a bridge on just such a model? I am not talking about the Affinity models nor am I including the Bullet series. I am only referring to the series just below the Classic Vibe or the Vintage Modified...THE SQUIER STANDARD series. And 2) Did you find a direct modern style model or did you perform surgery and fitted a vintage "ash tray" type bridge? How so, if you did.
    Has anyone been able to find brass saddles that could be dropped into the standard issue bridge on the guitar from the factory? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. mtjo62

    mtjo62 Squier-Meister

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    Actually, the bridge is a strong point for the Standard. It is chromed brass and the saddles are good quality. Problem is, the bridge is somewhat unique to the model and there is no "drop in" replacement as far as I know.
     
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  3. madmodder

    madmodder Squier Talker

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    Mar 21, 2014
    new england
    that is what I was afraid of....do you know if there are suitable replacement saddles in unfinished or RAW brass? And thanks for your quick response...
     
  4. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

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    There is no replacement bridge - the wide post spacing doesn't match USA or anything....

    Those saddles on the Standard should be unfinished steel, like the old American Standard Strats...

    Any replacement saddles with 2 1/16" string spacing at the bridge will work....if you want to change them...
     
  5. madmodder

    madmodder Squier Talker

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    Mar 21, 2014
    new england
    Thanks RyanHifi...
    I guess even Strat saddles would work.....
     
  6. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

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    Mar 31, 2015
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    No bridge suggestions here but how about a pic of this beast? :)

    I have a Standard Tele, I think the bridge is OK. Don't care much for the bridge pup but doesn't sound "bad". Will change it but in no hurry. Makes the Tele sound. It was an impulse buy................
     
  7. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    The bridge is one of the best things about the standard IMO, I have no desire to replace mine, it's rock solid, and easy on the picking hand when rested on, or muting. While the the compensated saddles, and mini six barrel type can be properly intonated, it takes a bit of tweaking. The standard's bridge setup is a no-brainer by comparison.
    Now if your talking about looks, I can understand the desire to put a three brass barrel on, but IMO, I don't think you're gaining anything playability or tone-wise.

    On the pups... You say "retro", yet the pups on the standard to me sound like a well worn-in pair of '70's Tele pups. Have you tweaked pup height? It can make a big difference.

    I have three Tele's, a Blacktop (changed the bent steel saddles to machined blocks), Squier Cab (stock), and Squier Standard (stock). Each sounds Tele-ish, but the Standard nails the classic Tele tone for me, since getting it, I no longer am looking for a deal on a CV '50's.
     
  8. madmodder

    madmodder Squier Talker

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    Mar 21, 2014
    new england
    I have to agree with Radiotech. The Squier Standard Series Tele (blonde/rosewood) is a winner. It 'approximates' a slightly overdriven sound more indicative of Teles from 1962-65 but perhaps a little thinner than those. Since I got mine the other day I have not picked up the CV Tele. But that's just me. The CV is a more 50's prone Tele. But I have owned more early 60's Teles in my 50 years of playing than any other guitar. Again, I went through a lot of guitars ONE AT A TIME..."buy one...play one...sell one"... searching for that really special and elusive sound. But the Tele remains my all time favorite guitar. The bridge pup is okay and perhaps will stay right where it is unless I am convinced I can replicate a '63 era sound. Both the CV and the Standard have alnico pups. I much prefer the slightly narrower neck of the Standard. While both are C-shape necks the width of the CV is 1.65 and the Standard is 1.62 and it feels better to my old and tired hand, LOL.
     
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  9. Roccobagadonuts

    Roccobagadonuts Dr. Squier

    Sep 8, 2010
    Remulak
    As far as strat saddles go that's what I have on mine... Fender stamped folded units from an MIM strat trem... The only stuff thats really left of mine tho that is a Standard model is the body, bridge plate, control plate, switch, knobs, wiring and pickguard along with screws...

    Zzzzzz... 2002 sunburst Standard body with MIM saddles... MIK E10 Tele neck, CV 50's pups, tusq nut, alpha 250s, Sprague 47, switchcraft jack, les paul jack plate, etc...

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  10. madmodder

    madmodder Squier Talker

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    Mar 21, 2014
    new england
    Hi
    Do you think I will be able to find saddles similar in shape to the ones on there now but only of solid, unfinished brass?
     
  11. Hoss

    Hoss Squier-holic

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    Man that natural on the right is so gorgeous Rocco.
     
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  12. mtjo62

    mtjo62 Squier-Meister

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  13. madmodder

    madmodder Squier Talker

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    Mar 21, 2014
    new england
    THANK YOU. mtjo62....this is very helpful.
     
  14. Fixin2

    Fixin2 Squier Talker

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    Mar 2, 2016
    I ordered a Wilkenson bridge with brass compensated saddles only to find out that it didn't fit my '99 Squier Indo Standard. So, I drilled the end of my bridge with three 1/8" holes to use the compensated brass saddles on the stock bridge. Works well, but I recently ordered a Tone Bomb knotty pine body. I'm going to be migrating all my hardware and neck over as soon as it's finished. I will then use the Wilkenson bridge and compensated sadddles, as it lines up perfectly with the pre-drilled holes in the body.
     
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  15. Jessndad2001

    Jessndad2001 New Member

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    Hi. I just replaced the bridge on my Standard Series Squier Tele. I used the Joe Barden American Standard version with three brass barrels. Only had to drill the four rear mounting screws. There's two different bridges, gotta make sure to get the one with the mounting holes behind the screw holes. I was told by many on Fender pages that it couldn't be done easily. Wrong, not a problem. Installed a GFS Professional Series 63 Repro Overwound at the same time!
     

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  16. Jessndad2001

    Jessndad2001 New Member

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    *string through holes, sorry bout that.
     
  17. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Squier-Nut

    It's one of the few Teles that bridge replacement is not so easy, or you have to go with something specialist like the Barden.

    For me it works. I have three other three saddle bridge Teles, two with stock bridges and the other converted simply to a vintage style (MIM).

    I've kept my Squier Standard as a six saddle, not just because it isn't easy or cheap to change, but also because its nice to have a six saddle, contemporary bridge Tele too.

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  18. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    RI
    DSCN3489.JPG One option for brass saddles is from Guitar Madness (ebay). Pickup their tele bridge w/ individual brass saddles (around $16). Swap the brass into your Standard, should drop right in 2 1/8" spread. Put the standard saddles in the GM bridge and you got parts for a future build.
     
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