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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 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

USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate

USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate
USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate
USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate
USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate
USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate
USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate
USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate

USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate
A Compensated Brass Nut to Help You Achieve Perfect Intonation. Hello again from AxeMasters. Guitar intonation is an often overlooked procedure which, when done properly, helps you get each string properly tuned. This means that your guitar sounds great regardless of whether you’re fretting or playing open chords. How many times have you been playing, sounding great, when you bounce into an open C chord and suddenly the tuning sounds terrible? A properly compensated nut will fix this. In our experience, the three treble strings are typically the most bothersome with respect to intonation. So, we’ve specially slotted our compensated nut at the G, B and high E slots. By removing material to the proper depth in those three slots, the scale length for those strings is increased just enough. Now, even if saddle travel is nearing the end, you’ll still get the intonation “just right”. I installed the compensated brass nut today I bought from you. Not only did it perfectly solve my intonation problem, but it also made the guitar string action lower and as smooth as butter! My intonation problem “was bad”. I installed one of the Golden Age Roller bridges because it had more intonation adjustment travel than most others. That bridge didn’t solve the problem, so I checked out the truss rod and it was okay. I knew at that point the problem had to be in the nut. I had tried 5 different nuts before I bought your compensated nut. None of the other nuts worked, but yours worked absolutely perfect. And now my intonation, string action, and tone are PERFECT! Thanks for designing this and sharing it with the public. I was just about to give up on this guitar until I installed the compensated nut. Now, I wouldn’t get rid of it for the world! Thank you so much! Our flat-bottom nut is hand ground and sanded from solid musical brass and round-slotted for perfect string placement. All hand-made – no machines. Very attractive brushed surface finish. 1/8″ thick, 3/16″ tall, 1 11/16 long. Let us know if you need different dimensions. Happy to do it! Also interested in Bone – we have it! Something so simple, it’s amazing this compensated nut idea isn’t a standard item. The C, D, and G open chords have always been slightly out of tune for me, and for the last few decades I just learned to work around it. Your nut works perfectly for intonating those chords! Check out some recent Feedback from buyers of our brass nuts. Genius, Made A huge Difference! Just what i needed A+++++++ Thanks! The item “USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate” is in sale since Monday, July 2, 2012. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Guitar Parts\Nuts”. The seller is “axemasters” and is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • MPN: Does Not Apply
  • Brand: AxeMasters

USA MADE AxeMasters COMPENSATED Brass Nut for FENDER Guitar Earvana Alternate

AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate

AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate
AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate
AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate
AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate
AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate
AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate
AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate

AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate
A Compensated Brass Nut to Help You Achieve Perfect Intonation. Hello again from AxeMasters. Guitar intonation is an often overlooked procedure which, when done properly, helps you get each string properly tuned. This means that your guitar sounds great regardless of whether you’re fretting or playing open chords. How many times have you been playing, sounding great, when you move into an open C chord and suddenly the tuning sounds terrible? A properly compensated nut will fix this. In our experience, the treble strings are typically the most bothersome with respect to intonation. Who knows why, they simply are. So, we’ve specially slotted our compensated nut at the G, B and high E slots. By removing material to the proper depth in those three slots, the scale length for those strings is increased just enough. Now, even if saddle travel is nearing the end, you’ll still get the intonation “just right”. Our flat-bottom nut is hand ground and sanded from solid musical brass and round-slotted for perfect string placement. All hand-made – no machines. Very attractive brushed surface finish. 3/16″ thick, 5/16″ tall, 1 11/16 long. Special Note : Some newer Gibson guitars are using a thicker 1/4 nut. Please let us know if this is what you need. I installed the compensated brass nut today I bought from you. Not only did it perfectly solve my intonation problem, but it also made the guitar string action lower and as smooth as butter! My intonation problem “was bad”. I installed one of the Golden Age Roller bridges because it had more intonation adjustment travel than most others. That bridge didn’t solve the problem, so I checked out the truss rod and it was okay. I knew at that point the problem had to be in the nut. I had tried 5 different nuts before I bought your compensated nut. None of the other nuts worked, but yours worked absolutely perfect. And now my intonation, string action, and tone are PERFECT! Thanks for designing this and sharing it with the public. I was just about to give up on this guitar until I installed the compensated nut. Now, I wouldn’t get rid of it for the world! Thank you so much! Check out some Feedback from buyers of our brass nuts. Top stuff, great product and delivered faster than a speeding bulleto, cheers! These are going on all my axes AAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++. Installed with no issues- rings like a bell now! This is my second one. Super nice people here. Just dropped it in and started playing. Great product and very good service. Just what i needed A+++++++ Thanks! The item “AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate” is in sale since Monday, July 2, 2012. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Guitar Parts\Nuts”. The seller is “axemasters” and is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Brand: AxeMasters
  • MPN: Does Not Apply
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

AxeMasters COMPENSATED BRASS NUT for GIBSON Guitar Les Paul. Earvana Alternate