TriplePlay Tele Installation Pt. 2
Check out this pretty simple modification to an old school 3-saddle bridge that a TriplePlay owner performed himself. He used a file to cut slots in the bridge plate, making sure to cut them both simultaneously to ensure that they were straight across from each other. Then he cut a small piece of a cork coaster to go under the edge of the hexaphonic pickup where the wire connects. One slight modification he realized after the fact was that he could have trimmed the screw for the middle saddle a bit in order to fit the pickup slightly closer, but he said it still tracks great. The best part of this mod is that genuine Fender replacement bridge plates retail for around $11, so you don’t have to sweat it too much if you make a mistake while filing the slots. Better yet, on a vintage guitar, modify the replacement bridge plate, and save the original in case you want to return the guitar to vintage condition at a later point!
We’d suggest replacing the cork coaster in this picture to the installation tip in Tele I, as using a bit of a different height pickup bracket, instead of cork, allows the user to continue to use the height adjustment screw for the pickup.
It’s great to see cutting-edge wireless technology existing happily side by side with what is basically a 60 year-old design!