It has narrower string spacing and therefore different through hole locations. The changed string spacing can be attributed to a more modern playing style I guess — less finger pickers, less need for wider spacing. The thick six saddle plate can also be attributed to modern tastes — fewer country players wanting the Tele twang and more rock players wanting sustain and a bit more low end. So today we have the situation where the American Standard comes with a variety of great finishes and body woods, but only the one bridge.
We are glad to offer two versions of the Joe Barden Tele Bridgeplate with compensated saddles: American Standard fits most modern-style Telecasters and Vintage. 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 insures 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 themselves constantly hitting the plate while playing. The Bridgeplate has two additional mounting holes at the front edge to provide secure fastening at all four corners, if desired use of these mounting holes is optional.