'99 Tele NGD and bridge suggestions

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  1. BoxyBrown22

    BoxyBrown22 Senior Member

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    Howdy Fender land of MLP. I'm not on here much but I thought I'd share my newest acquisition a 1999 Fender American Standard Telecaster.

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    My Telecaster patch in the front yard is doing okay this year, maybe a custom shop or vintage piece next year.

    Maple board, see thru Mary-Kaye like poly finish, all the standard fare. Currently, it came with & has Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro's. I will be putting some Lollar's I have in her, but I have questions for those better informed than I.

    Talking to a friend he suggested to brighten up for a more traditional Tele tone get a new bridge. I was already contemplating this as I really prefer the vintage style bridge over the the more modern one. I also find is a bit dark for a Tele, but I typically play Strats when playing a Fender. So..

    • What suggestions for a bridge replacement should I look into? I thought Callaham as I have used their Strat bridges, also Glendale and Joe Barden seem to be other good options.
    • I know the American Standard changed their bridges in about 2008 (might be off), if I find an American Standard replacement do I need to make sure it is compatible with my bridge?
    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    Steel saddles would brighten things up.
     
  3. alnico59

    alnico59 Premium Member

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    See if you can locate the Shaw bridge that comes stock in the Professional. It's bright enough and pretty ballsy. Less twang, more bang.
     
  4. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Don't dump those APII pups. Listen to some old Brent Mason, he used them for a while. Get a 3 saddle bridge and try it, you're gonna want it anyway.
     
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  5. BoxyBrown22

    BoxyBrown22 Senior Member

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    Dang, everyone is confirming what I done feart'! I'll grab a one of the new American Pro bridges for it when I see one on Reverb. Danke-Thanks-Hvalla all!
     
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