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JBE Pickups (Barden) Vintage Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit  Nickel 

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Joe Barden American Standard Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit for Telecasters solves all of the structural problems and intonation issues inherent in ...Read More

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Better intonation and playability while maintaining the vintage tone of your Telecaster.

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 or American Standard Style (see our SKU# H71203). 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 Saddles
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.

  • Original material for vintage tone
  • Scooped for easier fingerpicking

Improve your Tele with this perfect fitting bridgeplate kit.


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JBE Pickups(Barden) Vintage Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit

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The Barden Tele bridge is great!

By TeleLover

from Mt. Juliet, TN

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  • Easy Installation
  • Fits perfectly
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound


    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about JBE Pickups (Barden) Vintage Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit:

    I installed this bridge on a Chinese made Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster and it installed easily and fit perfectly. It intonated well and looks and sounds great. The improvement in sound was subtle, but noticeable - more solid bass and sweeter treble string response. It is well made, high quality construction. Highly recommended, I would buy and install this again without any hesitation.

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    Amazing addition!

    By davemack

    from winnipeg manitoba canada

    About Me Professional Musician


    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound


      Best Uses

        Comments about JBE Pickups (Barden) Vintage Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit:

        I was extremely excited to put this on my trusty old and beat up telecaster. It took me approximately 15 minutes to install and properly intonate.

        I highly recommend one measure the saddle distances on your previous bridge before removal to get a good estimate. Once there, some simple adjustments will make it fantastic.

        The guitar sounds better and has a more pronounced tele twang. The guitar actually feels easier to play (which was a complete shock). The sustain has increased as well. woot woot.

        the allen key included wasn't the correct size for the saddle height adjustment screws (but not a huge deal).

        I highly recommend this for any vintage or vintage style telecaster. You'll fall in love with your guitar again. You will notice a huge improvement.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


        Great addition to any Telecaster...

        Comments about JBE Pickups (Barden) Vintage Tele Bridgeplate and Saddle Kit:

        Fantastic addition to my Telecaster. As noted above, quality is generally excellent (aside from a minor hiccup). Most importantly, it sounds great: very bright and huge sustain. I highly reccomend.
        Brass saddles; Danny Gatton inspired cut-away for finger picking, very solid metal plate. All in all the Barden bridge is really well constructed.
        Quality is generally excellent. I gave it an eight because my guitar tech had to re-bore a screw hole in one of the saddles that was not properly threaded. Otherwise, works and plays great.
        A little on the pricey side, but all in all I think it was a good value.

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