Joe Barden American Standard Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit for Telecasters solves all of the structural problems and intonation issues inherent in the original parts. The heavily plated Bridgeplate ... Read More
Joe Barden American Standard Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit for Telecasters solves all of the structural problems and intonation issues inherent in the original parts. The heavily plated Bridgeplate is made of the same material as the original, but slightly thicker, making the plate less prone to unwanted squeal.
Using the originally spec'd material ensures that the vintage tone and slightly microphonic nature of your Telecaster will not be lost. In addition, the Bridgeplate features a Danny Gatton-inspired scoop at the front of the treble sidewall, a tremendous aid to fingerpickers who find the sidewall obtrusive.
The Bridgeplate has two additional mounting holes at the front edge to provide secure fastening at all four corners. Use of these mounting holes is optional.
Which one do I need, the Vintage or American Standard bridgeplate?
Two models of the Joe Barden Telecaster bridgeplate are available; Vintage Style (see our SKU# H71205) or American Standard Style. The two bridgeplates are NOT interchangable and selection of which one to use is dependent on where the mounting and string thru holes are on your particular instrument.
Both Joe Barden bridgeplates have 4 mounting holes at the rear. On the American Standard bridgeplate, just IN FRONT of the 4 mouting holes are 6 string-thru holes where the strings come thru the body. In contrast, on the Vintage bridgeplate the string-thru holes are just BEHIND the 4 mounting holes and closest to the rear wall of the bridgeplate.
The Joe Barden saddles (3 come with the Bridgeplate Assembly) are also made to vintage specs, using the brass material, but have their adjustment holes drilled at three different angles to provide correct intonation for all six strings, each of which requires a different saddle position.
As an added feature, the outside saddles are notched under the "E" strings, like the vintage '53 saddles. This notch helps correct the "loud outside string" problem common to many Telecasters, and adds additional height adjustment capability, while retaining an important and authentic vintage design spec.
Like Joe Barden pickups, these components are direct retrofits for vintage, or American Standard styled Telecasters and similarly made guitars. Installation requires no modification to vintage instruments that would otherwise alter their unique vintage character.
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Comments about JBE Pickups (Barden) American Standard Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit:
I ordered this bridge for my 2008 American Standard Tele, which is one of the years this bridge is supposedly made for. With the Glendale and others being so pricey, I thought I'd give this option a try. Well, you get what you pay for. The upside is that the two mounting holes on the outside did line up as promised. I knew I'd have to drill the middle two. The downside is that the two small, front mounting holes did not line up. Disappointing. Next, after stringing up the guitar and intonating (it was very close in intonation already), I found that the G string would not stay in place. I did not expect to have to file a groove in the saddle, but I had to to keep the string in place. I've bought lower priced Tele bridges that didn't require this filing. All in all, there was some improvement in sound, but I don't think I'd buy it again if I needed to replace another bridge. Next time, I'll just pay the extra and get what I probably should have in the first place.
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