Compensated Saddles For CV Tele

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by jamndad, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. jamndad

    jamndad Squier-holic

    Nov 23, 2013
    Bakersfield, Ca.
    How many of you have upgraded to compensated saddles? Which did you purchase? Are these the correct fit?

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  2. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier-holic

    What is compensated about them? Isn't the whole point of Tele and most other electric bridges that they are adjustable? I thought compensated saddles was an acoustic thing.
  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    When you're stuck with three saddles and you're using three plain strings and three wound, the angular cuts let you get closer to what you could get with the correct intonation of six separate saddles.
  4. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier-holic

    Well, how about that? I learned something today.

    Thanks Jim. I'm not a Tele guy and I'm still learning Strats. Your answer makes sense.
  5. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Squier-holic

    Sep 2, 2015
    I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't fit. They fit into Fender bridge plates just fine.

    And they're good saddles. With 10-46 strings their compensation is dead-on.
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  6. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    Yes I did and yes I chose the Wilkinsons.
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  7. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones Squier-holic

    Oct 17, 2019
    Kansas Territory
    Quietly listenin, an takin notes.... ;)
    Gots me jus one "Affinity" Tele, Butterscotch Blone (YUM), but I have things I wanna do, make it 'Down Home, Tone to th Bone', so she fits in, here, with alla th Strats, cause she's purty much surrounded...:eek:
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  8. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    I have Wilkinson compensated saddles installed on my Fender FSR Mexican BSB Tele. They intonate with no problem.
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  9. Guitar Cat

    Guitar Cat Squier-Meister

    Jul 29, 2018
    Spring Lake Hts, NJ
    I have these which are very adjustable. Notice how they can pivot around the center post.
    Look up Gotoh saddles.
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  10. BatUtilityBelt

    BatUtilityBelt Squier Talker

    Dec 5, 2018
    Omaha, NE USA Earth
    I just played <<--- that CV tele for about 90 minutes with its original saddles, and honestly I have no intonation issues with them. Having said so, I think the important thing if replacing them is to make sure they are big brass saddles to keep that tone. The ones @Guitar Cat references above look very interesting - never saw those before.
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  11. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier

    I have the Wilkinson compensated ones and they are the best deal around. However, they are now machined differently from their older versions. I got some buzzing where the strings broke over the hard machined edge of the barrels. On the older ones, this was a slightly rounded edge and there were no issues. On my new ones, I used a jewelers file to ease that sharp edge and the ringing went away.

    Note these have to go on the bridge in the correct order.

    One other way of compensating is with barrels that have the intonation screw hole drilled at an angle, so the barrels are not perpendicular to the screws and give the necessary stair step arrangement.

    The Gotoh ones are more than most of the others, but still only about $26.
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  12. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones Squier-holic

    Oct 17, 2019
    Kansas Territory
    Chewin on some kettle chips, sippin on a Bopper o Giunness...quietly learnin... ;)
    (Tele-Land is a new place, fer me....)
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  13. I used a Wilkinson on my VM Telecaster.

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    Cheers, Barrie.
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  14. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    I did Wilkinson’s on a Peavey Tele, did the job nicely.
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  15. BuddyLee

    BuddyLee Squier-Nut

    Aug 30, 2019
    Liberty SC
    I have Joe Barden's on my AVRI '52 Hot Rod.
  16. RetiredNSquired

    RetiredNSquired Squier-holic

    Jun 20, 2018
    Canton, Ga
    I've used Wilkinson Bridges on both my Tele builds, and they intonate just fine. Pretty much the same bridge, standard ash-tray, so they should work with your CV.
  17. jamndad

    jamndad Squier-holic

    Nov 23, 2013
    Bakersfield, Ca.
    Honestly, I play as a hobby, only. I have no real reason, other than to tinker, I suppose. I've been kind of stagnant, for awhile. When I tinker, I tend to play more. It's a sickness, or something. LOL!!
  18. I'd call you an enthusiast. Nothin' wrong with that! Tinker on brother!
    Cheers, Barrie.
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  19. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier

    I don't have any Fender/Squier Teles with ashtray bridges. Fender ones are sometime astoundingly crummy quality, with jagged edges in the corners. Compare the one below to the Wilkinson above.


    The Wilkinson seems to be a thicker material, and the chrome actually looks better. Plus it is only a few bucks more than just the compensated saddles alone.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
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  20. archetype

    archetype Squier-holic

    IMO the cheap, thin, stamped sheet metal Fender bridge is a vital component of Telecaster tone. The thicker bridge plates often reduce the twang.
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