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Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles

Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles
Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles
Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles
Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles

Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles
When the Telecaster (Broadcaster) was first designed and built in 1950, the bridge system was crude at best. It served the purpose of positioning the strings, but allowed for only coarse intonation adjustment. Callaham’s bridge maintains the traditional look, while using superior materials and design that deliver a wider frequency response, increased sustain, and perfect intonation. FENDER BRIDGE – SHORTCOMINGS The current production Fender bridge is made from. 050 1010 hot-rolled steel in a deep-drawn process. This bridge is used on all reissues and Custom Shop models. The steel used must be very soft – and limited in thickness – to allow it to fold and bend in the corners. The process also creates tremendous internal stress that bows the plate such that it doesn’t sit flat; consequently it’s not in full contact with the body surface, which can cause unwanted feedback in some guitars. Aesthetically, the plate shows unattractive scratches from the die, which was of no concern when it was designed since it was originally intended to be covered. Finally, the saddles cannot be adjusted for perfect intonation, and their set screws interfere with the strings by being in the strings’ paths. CALLAHAM PLATE IMPROVEMENTS Callaham’s bridge is made from. 075 cold-rolled carbon steel using a five-stage bending process, and then stress-relieved so that the plate will sit absolutely flat, providing maximum sustain and vibration transfer. Stiffness and flatness are paramount in this design, and would not be obtained using. 050 material and stamping processes. There is no chance of unwanted feedback with this bridge, and Callaham has chosen cold-rolled carbon steel for tonal reasons. Hot-rolled steel as used in the Fender bridge is soft, and also contains pits and voids that require heavy chrome plating (chromed plates first have to be copper-plated to fill the voids, followed by nickel and then chrome, to obtain an acceptable-looking part that hides the material flaws). Using stainless steel would eliminate the need for plating – it would require only buffing – but the sound is too bright and thin, making it unacceptable. The cold-rolled material as used by Callaham is extremely uniform and allows for direct buffing. Callaham applies a nickel plating directly to the steel strictly as a rust preventative. The result is a warm finish, which works beautifully for those building a repro guitar. Making the guitar easy to play is also important. The sides of Callaham’s bridge are lowered to allow for easy palm muting (Leo Fender wasn’t a guitar player, and one of his most glaring design flaws – on both the Tele and Strat – was designing bridges with covers that prevent palm muting). The front lip of the treble side is removed entirely to allow access for finger picking – a trick done for years by great Tele players. The two small screw holes on the front corners of the plate may be used at the player’s discretion. Because of the rigidity of the plate, using the screws will provide only a modest increase in sustain (they would make a more noticeable difference on less rigid bridges). Screws are included with the bridge for those wanting the maximum available sustain. CALLAHAM SADDLE IMPROVEMENTS It is extremely important that an instrument intonate correctly, and Callaham guarantees this with their saddles. It’s equally important that the strings don’t touch the height adjustment screws, which can be a problem on Fender bridges and their copies. Callaham ensures that this won’t be a problem with their saddles by using smaller-diameter set screws, and moving them out closer to the ends of the saddles. This allows the string to rest on a perfectly smooth surface. They also install height-adjustment screws of the correct length, preventing the screws from protruding up above the saddles and causing discomfort to the picking hand. Callaham’s saddles are available in either brass or stainless steel. The brass has a warmer tone and the steel has more punch and sustain. Two methods of compensation (intonation adjustment) are available: original “slant” compensation, or “enhanced vintage” compensation. The enhanced vintage saddles were introduced for those who want to maintain a complete vintage look and have perfect intonation. They offer the same benefits of Callaham’s original slant-compensated saddles, but with the 90° (right-angle) look of original’50s saddles. A problem with some saddles that are currently available is that they touch each other firmly. Some manufacturers state this as having been an intended design consideration, but their logic is flawed, since this design has the consequence of allowing sympathetic vibrations from one string to influence the vibrations of another string, causing dissonant overtones that can drive players crazy (especially at high volume). It’s this type of vibration that occurs on acoustic guitars, with their single saddle, and that can contribute to beating tones when certain chords are played, and phasing problems on other chords. Callaham purposely avoids firm contact between their saddles for this reason. The Standard Telecaster (Mexico) uses a cheapy 6-saddle bridge that is the size and shape of the American Standard bridge. But it uses the vintage American 4-screw mounting – with string holes behind the mounting screws – whereas the American Standard Tele bridge uses a 3-screw mounting, with the string holes in front of the mounting screws. If you want to replace the bridge on a Standard Tele (Mexican), then you need Callaham’s vintage bridge, not their American Standard bridge. Note that the vintage bridge will not completely cover the area on the face of the guitar that was originally covered by the Mexican bridge, which is about 1/2 longer than the vintage bridge (see the image above). We have first-hand experience with this replacement, as we at Tone Shapers have made this change to literally dozens of Standard Teles, and our experience is that the area of the top that is revealed by the bridge change is seldom more than slightly imprinted by the original bridge, and sometimes not at all, so there is usually only the most mildly-discernible visual consequence from making this change. But the bridge screws right on: The screw holes and the six string holes line right up and the guitar intonates perfectly. Country of Manufacture: USA String spacing: 2-1/8″ (2.125″ / 54mm) Saddles: slant compensated brass Fits: Vintage Teles, Vintage Reissues, Standard Tele. TS NG01 (NextGen) Wiring Kits. TS NG02 (NextGen) Wiring Kits. TS NG03 (NextGen) Wiring Kits. ToneShaper Classic Wiring Kits. The item “Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles” is in sale since Thursday, February 5, 2015. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Guitar Parts\Bridges”. The seller is “toneshapersinc” and is located in Vero Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Brand: ToneShaper
  • MPN: CA-BR-T-VINT-SC-BR

Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Slant Compensated Brass Saddles

Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridge Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby

Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridge Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby
Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridge Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby
Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridge Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby

Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridge Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby
This Callaham hardtail bridge has 2-1/16 string spacing, American Standard mounting, and enhanced brass Tele. Saddles specialized for Bigsby use. The bridge directly fits American Standard Strats and American and Mexican made Tele Cabronitas. Plate features string-through holes for use without a Bigsby. Height adjustment allen wrench. Specialty Guitars has been an authorized Callaham dealer since 2004. The item “Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridge Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby” is in sale since Tuesday, July 17, 2018. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Guitar Parts\Bridges”. The seller is “specialty_guitars” and is located in Tempe, Arizona. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
  • MPN: Does not apply
  • Brand: Callaham

Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridge Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham V/N Strat Bridge Assembly with Brass Block

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham V/N Strat Bridge Assembly with Brass Block

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham V/N Strat Bridge Assembly with Brass Block
Callaham V/N Strat® Bridge Assembly with Brass Block, Right Hand – Specialty Guitars Exclusive This complete Strat® bridge assembly is a direct fit for any body with vintage 2-7/32″ (56mm) mounting, but has narrow 2-1/16″ string spacing. Callaham designed this bridge specifically for players who have the E strings too close to the edge of the fretboard or who use humbucking pickups. The narrow string spacing will position the strings over the poles of the humbuckers. Specialty Guitars Exclusive – Callaham brass enhanced tremolo block. Choice of 64, Gilmour or Fender-length virtual pop-in stainless steel tremolo arm with mint green, parchment white or black tip. Callaham precision machined top plate. 6 Callaham vintage-styled stamped steel “CG” saddles for 2 1/16 spaced bridges with stainless steel screws and springs. 6 hardened pivot mounting screws. Claw with 2 stainless steel screws. Specialty Guitars has been an authorized Callaham dealer since 2004. The item “Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham V/N Strat Bridge Assembly with Brass Block” is in sale since Wednesday, December 9, 2015. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Guitar Parts\Bridges”. The seller is “specialty_guitars” and is located in Tempe, Arizona. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • MPN: Does Not Apply
  • Brand: Callaham
  • Non-Domestic Product: No
  • Model: V/N with brass block
  • To Fit: Electric Guitar

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham V/N Strat Bridge Assembly with Brass Block

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham Pre-CBS Strat Bridge Assembly Brass Block

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham Pre-CBS Strat Bridge Assembly Brass Block

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham Pre-CBS Strat Bridge Assembly Brass Block
Callaham Vintage S-Model Strat. Bridge Assembly with Brass Block, Right Hand – Specialty Guitars Exclusive. The finest nickel vintage style bridge available today. Specialty Guitars exclusive – Callaham enhanced brass vintage block. With your choice of virtual-pop-in arm and parchment white, mint green or black tip. Gilmour arm (4-18 from tip to center of bend). “64” arm (5-1/4 from tip to center of bend). Fender arm (6 from tip to center of bend). Vintage styled top plate. 6 Callaham stamped steel “CG” saddles with springs. Stainless steel intonation and height adjustment screws. 6 Callaham hardened steel bridge plate mounting screws. 5 springs, claw with 2 stainless steel screws. This bridge fits guitars with 2-7/32 string spacing, 6 point mounting and vintage-style routing without modification. These include: Fender Stratocasters made from 1954 to 1969 American made Reissue Strats (57, 62, etc) Highway 1 Strats up to and including 2005 Custom Shop Relics Jimmy Vaughan Strats Eric Johnson Strat Made in Mexico Classic 50s, 60s and 70s Made in Mexico Roadworn Strat Made in Mexico Gold Plated Deluxe with 6 point bridge and 2-7/32 string spacing. Specialty Guitars has been an authorized Callaham dealer since 2004. The item “Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham Pre-CBS Strat Bridge Assembly Brass Block” is in sale since Monday, September 14, 2015. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Guitar Parts\Bridges”. The seller is “specialty_guitars” and is located in Tempe, Arizona. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • MPN: 03-05251
  • Brand: Callaham

Specialty Guitars Exclusive Callaham Pre-CBS Strat Bridge Assembly Brass Block

Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby

Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby
Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby
Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby
Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby

Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby
Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge – with Specialized Enhanced Compensated Brass Tele Saddles for use with flat-mount Bigsby. This bridge replaces the stock 2-7/32 spaced bridge and will fit’72 Telecaster. Thinline Reissues without modification. The plate and specialized brass saddles are modified for use with flat-mount Bigsby and Bigsby style vibratos. Height adjustment allen wrench. Specialty Guitars has been an authorized Callaham dealer since 2004. The item “Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby” is in sale since Tuesday, June 23, 2015. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Vintage Musical Instruments\Vintage Guitars & Basses\Parts”. The seller is “specialty_guitars” and is located in Tempe, Arizona. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
  • MPN: 03-05105
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Brand: Callaham

Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Specialized Brass Tele Saddles for Bigsby

Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Enhanced Vintage Compensated Brass Saddles

Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Enhanced Vintage Compensated Brass Saddles

Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Enhanced Vintage Compensated Brass Saddles
Detail – callaham vintage tele bridge. Dimensions – callaham vintage tele bridge. Country of Manufacture: USA. String spacing: 2-1/8″ (2.125″ / 54mm). Saddles: “enhanced vintage”compensated brass. When the Telecaster (Broadcaster) was first designed and built in 1950, the bridge system was crude at best. It served the purpose of positioning the strings, but allowed for only coarse intonation adjustment. Callaham’s bridge maintains the traditional look, while using superior materials and design that deliver a wider frequency response, increased sustain, and perfect intonation. The item “Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Enhanced Vintage Compensated Brass Saddles” is in sale since Thursday, February 5, 2015. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Guitar Parts\Bridges”. The seller is “toneshapersinc” and is located in Vero Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Brand: Callaham Guitars
  • MPN: CA-BR-T-VINT-VC-BR

Callaham Bridge, Tele Vintage, Enhanced Vintage Compensated Brass Saddles