Second in our series of step-by-step procedures to modify your stock Telecaster bridge plate, this article’s focus is on a modern style flat plate bridge with 6 offset saddles.
Although the strings won’t be touching the edges, we still like to leave the grooves as clean as possible.
Our squared edge and curved edge files made short work of the this (photo 11).
After the saddles are re-installed, the bridge is ready to go back onto the guitar (photo 12).
Before scoring the location of our cuts, we flipped the saddles over to allow room to easily use the hobby saw (photo 2).
After marking and scoring the areas on which we would make the cuts, we removed all 6 saddles.
It was now time for the Dremel; remember: don the safety glasses and gloves.
We chose the Dremel EZ-Lock Grinding Wheel for this task (photo 3).
Again making sure to not make contact with holes for the saddle mounting screws, we cut into the plate approximately 1/8″ (photo 4).
For a standard Telecaster installation (B5/B50/B500 placed approximately 1″ behind the bridge), this is an appropriate depth.
Depending on the vibrato placement you choose, the depth can be altered.
After all six cuts were made, the next step is to remove any burrs or rough edges.