Van Dyke-Harms started out with a singular goal in mind. Tone! Aesthetics are important, of course, but looks mean nothing if the tone isn’t there. From the very beginning, we’ve overthought every piece of hardware we make to wring out every last ounce of tone available, and then just a little more. Some parts, like our bridges, yield an immediately apparent improvement over factory offerings, while others are more subtle, like our neck plates. Of all the parts we’ve made with tone enhancement in mind, this is by far the most dramatic!
The VDH Monolithic Saddle is the culmination of every theoretical improvement that can be made to a Telecaster-style bridge arrangement, and the results speak for themselves! The Monolithic Saddle starts as a piece of 360 brass round stock, then hammered to yield a harder, more lively tone, similar to how cymbals are worked. Then, it is CNC machined to final dimensions, featuring compensated string slots with built-in radius, and 10-32 height adjustment screws (factory Fender screws are 4-40). Finally, it is treated in a chemical bath that yields a harder, more durable surface, in essence, pre-aging the brass.
The result is a much more lively instrument with massively increased sustain, stronger fundamental note, enhanced harmonics, and a well-balanced EQ that is rich and full, but retains all the clarity you expect from a great Telecaster! Achieving a setup is painfully simple as well!
Currently, all Monolithic Saddles will be made to order to reflect your required string radius, so please message those details. The Monolithic Saddle comes with all the necessary mounting hardware and springs, including hex wrenches for adjustment!
Pair with a VDH bridge and neckplate for the ultimate tonal triumvirate for your Telecaster!