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Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S


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DuaneFlowers

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PostPosted: 09/13/2017 at 7:30 AM    Post subject: Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S link

Anyone get a set of these? Are they a drop in replacement? I'm looking at:

http://www.graphtech.com/.....be-485f-b3ad-4d4e157144ce

Any other drop in replacements you can recommend?

TIA

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FranKrause

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PostPosted: 09/13/2017 at 10:11 PM    Post subject: RE:Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S link

I'm pretty sure the original saddles were 10mm wide, with a 50mm spacing. Not many other guitars had spacing that narrow - about 2" - I think the most narrow standard bridge is about 2 1/16" spacing. So, I think these would be too wide for any Travis Bean with an original bridge.

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DuaneFlowers

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PostPosted: 09/14/2017 at 7:55 PM    Post subject: RE:Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S link

Thanks for the reply, Frank.

Do you (or anyone else) know if a drop in replacement has ever been determined, or are they all in need of filing?



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FranKrause

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PostPosted: 09/17/2017 at 2:05 PM    Post subject: RE:Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S link

As far as I know, there aren't any direct replacements, but there are some that come very close. The saddles for a 1970's Fender Telecaster Deluxe or a 1980's Fender Lead will fit (as will the base plates, if you countersink the three mounting holes.) but they're rare and kinda pricey. I think the original bridge parts were based off the Fender design, and I've seen some Fender bridges that seemed like they'd been modified for use in some of the prototype Beans.

For saddles, these will fit and are the closest I can find if you don't want to mill them out of solid brass and chrome-plate them yourself - http://www.ebay.com/itm/6.....9797b8:g:zVMAAOSwpzdWq~RJ - they're 10.3mm wide and look pretty close to the originals, so the string spacing would only be 1.5mm off. There are also stainless steel "Dragonfire" saddles on Ebay that are pretty close and look nice.

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FranKrause

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PostPosted: 09/17/2017 at 2:06 PM    Post subject: RE:Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S link

I think Kevin at Electrical Guitar Company is also re-making replacement bridges for his run of Travis Bean Designs guitars. I'm not sure if he's selling them separately, but you might get a nice bridge and save some time by contacting him.

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DuaneFlowers

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PostPosted: 09/18/2017 at 7:20 AM    Post subject: RE:Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S link

Thanks again, Frank.

I think Kevin has closed up shop... no replies from him via site contact page or Facebook.

Those Chinese ones look accurate, but maybe not very high quality.

Graph Tech works as well, but I think they need to be shaved a bit.

Will keep investigating and let y'all know if I find something!!

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DuaneFlowers

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PostPosted: 09/20/2017 at 9:28 AM    Post subject: RE:Graph Tech Saddles for TB-1000S link

Happy to report that Kevin has NOT closed up shop... communication problem was on my end, not his!!!

Just thought y&all should know...

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