String through VS. Top load telecasters.

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  1. zowenso

    zowenso Member

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    Ive been wanting to replace the current hardware on my 1996 Mexican tele from chrome to nickel. I replaced the stock top load bridge about 12 years ago and had the back drilled and it’s now string through. I’m having a really hard time figureing out what bridges will fit and match the string holes in my guitar. I have a modern style bridge, but wanted to go vintage style. So my question is, if i can’t find a bridge that matches the strings holes and I went back to a top load bridge, is the sound that much different than string through? Thanks.
     
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    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    I have a Glendale bridge that can be strung either way, and it's noticeably twangier when top-loaded.

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    Hmm, ok that’s good to know. That will be a noticeably different sound than I’m used to then. I don’t think I’ll be able to find a vintage style bridge that matches up for me, so sounds like my options are either abort the string through commit to twangy and do a top loader or keep what I have. Thanks.
     
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    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    I have no idea what this implies but since it's a MIM and you're modding it anyway,
    if you have to, plug the current holes and drill new ones for a
    Vintage Reissue type bridge with three brass saddles.

    Rock will ensue.
    :D
     
  5. zowenso

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    Yeah that’s an option I didn’t think of. Thanks.
     
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    The "String Through" Mexican Tele's have identical drill holes for standard or Vintage style bridge. I honestly have never had any hands on, as to top loaders.

    You may have one of the odd ball models that have a US, Corona body & neck. I have a 1995 Strat with Corona woods & Mexican/Asia hardware, and it's labeled MIM.

    (& I hate to say....."It still in the plastic.")
     
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    I actually had it drilled for a string through bridge. It came as a top loader, so I’m Not sure the holes would match up with other bridges.
     
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    bum Senior Member

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    I have a babicz full contact telecaster bridge and it does both top loading and through body and also has both 3 and 4 screw holes on it so it fits anything, it's also one of the best engineered bits of kit I have ever bought, I highly recommend them!

    http://www.fullcontacthardware.com/fch-tele-bridge

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    The way they works brilliant, you have no little allen key operated screws, they work on a cam system, you adjust the cam and as it turns it revolves, raising the string. Very impressed with mine :)

     
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