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Old April 18th, 2017, 06:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Not sure I've ever got to the bottom of what makes sustain or string tension better or worse. Yes the TOM or lightning bridge will give better intonation but I wonder if this is only apparent if you are going to play clean melodic chords and stuff beyond the octave. I changed the simple bar bridge for a lightning one on my melody maker and it didn't half as good, so I went back and live with the compromise.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 07:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The sustain might not be noticeable to the ears. But I'd think that an SG with both the tailpiece and the tune-o-matic would be able to be more accurately intonated as well as a more precise adjustment of string heights.
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Old April 19th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yeah, with six saddles you can get a finer adjustment for intonation on each string, no doubt. But as far as string height adjustments the only way to individually do that with a TOM is with a few tiny files, much like working on a nut.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 11:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have a wraparound bridge on a Collings double cut (like a LP Jr). Itís different from the Gibson version but probably not by a lot. I tried the same guitar except one had a standard tonepros ABR and the other with the wraparound. They sounded different to me to not by a lot. It may have been more than just the bridge type (materials were probably different) but I would have been ok with either. I got the wraparound because of the simplicity. Intonation is perfect. I have no complaints.
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