tele bridge plate

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by gary mitchell, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Nut

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    Aug 23, 2019
    Texas
    Which bridge plate do you like and why, myself I prefer a flat plate without the little lip on the side, I guess they put it on there to put the ashtray on. I prefer the flat plate because the way I play. Like when I play rockabilly and get a little wild my pick hits that lip are what ever you call it the sides, sometimes I like playing close to the bridge pickup. Does anyone have this problem. images-7.jpeg Unknown.jpeg
     
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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

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    44
    Sep 27, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    Nope, I don't have that problem. I prefer the vintage 'lip' style Tele bridge, I never hit it, never have hit the volume knob or switch on a Strat either....
     
  3. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    The 3-barrel bridge is called the traditional, or an ashtray bridge. The flat bridge is called the modern bridge. It has the advantage of being more readily intonated with the 6 adjustable saddles. I prefer the modern one too.
     
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  4. RetiredNSquired

    RetiredNSquired Squier-holic

    Age:
    65
    Jun 20, 2018
    Canton, Ga
    I've used the Wilkinson ashtray style with compensated barrels on 2 Tele builds. I prefer that "Traditional" Tele look. Haven't had any issues. That said, you always need to go with what works for you. Really the only thing that matters.
     
  5. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer ^^ Doing what I do best^^ Silver Supporting Member

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    Nov 24, 2018
    RC addiction....
    I prefer the flat plate because the other style looks incomplete and cheap to me.
     
  6. CV50sFan90

    CV50sFan90 Squier Talker

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    Oct 10, 2020
    Minnesota
    I've never had an issue with the "lip" impeding on my playing. I think the only consideration to make is which one you prefer the look of.
     
  7. daizee

    daizee Squier Talker

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    Oct 22, 2020
    New England
    I've only played the lip/ashtray version, and I do like it. Gives me somewhere to put my thumb when I'm plucking at the strings like it's a bass.
     
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  8. Rick-T137

    Rick-T137 Squier Talker

    Age:
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    Oct 4, 2020
    Canada
    I've got a modern bridge plate with a twist - it's for a humbucker. However, I did notice today that I was hitting my bridge pickup (!) while playing - I think I had it elevated too much > so my assumption is I'd have the same problem as you with the vintage bridge - that my pick would be hitting it. It's interesting, because I do have a Wilkinson 1/2 Vintage Tele bridge with brass compensated saddles that I haven't installed on my guitar yet. I think with it being so short, it would stay out of the way - but I don't want to put it on my current Tele... so... I guess I'm gonna have to get ANOTHER Tele so I can use it! :)


    Cheers!

    Rick
     
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  9. speelyei

    speelyei Squier-Meister

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    Sep 22, 2020
    Mesa, AZ
    I like the ashtray style, although I agree they looked stamped and unfinished from an aesthetic standpoint. I like to put my pinky and ring finger on the edge of the lip, and the heel of my palm on the saddles.
     
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  10. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

    Age:
    55
    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    I like the more modern look and feel of the flat bridge with 6 separate saddles .
     
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