Conversion Bridge for '54 Les Paul project

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  1. drewdraw

    drewdraw Supporting Member

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    I'm working on a '54 Les Paul Precision Guitar project. I've never been a LP guy, so this is a learning process. My original idea was to model it after Neil's "Old Black", which means it has a Bigsby. Being a '54, the kit is drilled for a wraparound bridge. It seems that there is no aftermarket tone-o-matic style bridge made for this pole spacing (3.25”) for use with a Bigsby. Would like to avoid drilling.

    Dogbone: uses a wound G-- need a plain G.
    Baddass: the strings hit the back of the bridge

    After scouring the web, it seems like a fair number of people have been in similar situations, but I don't really see any solutions. This said, I'd really like to avoid a pro/con Bigsby discussion. I know it is a hot topic, and I may or may not end up putting one on. I have a compensated wraparound on order. Just entertaining all options at this point.

    Wondering if anyone has come across any bridge and/or stud solutions for this situation. Any help is appreciated!
     
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  2. 27sauce

    27sauce Supporting Member

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    You could get a historically accurate compensated wrap tail, tone pros adjustable, badass…you could plug and drill fora an abr-1, dog bone…plenty of solutions that people have been doing for decades.
     
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    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    I would look at something from mojoaxe.
     
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  5. drewdraw

    drewdraw Supporting Member

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    Here are some pics of a Badass bridge mock up.
    You can see how the strings hit the back side of the bridge.
    I think maybe drilling for new posts might be the "best" way to deal with this.
    Still open to other ideas.....


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  6. 27sauce

    27sauce Supporting Member

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    With all that's been done to it, would drilling for an ABR-1 be that big of a deal?
     
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    drewdraw Supporting Member

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  8. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd try the MojoAxe wraptail bridge which intonates very well with modern string gauges.
     
  9. 27sauce

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    Sad trombone X100.

    My bad, thought we were talking about a restoration. It's a kit, who cares?! Drill that thing. They don't have '56 kit you could get instead?
     
  10. drewdraw

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    I have a Mojoaxe bridge arriving any day now. I think it will be perfect as a wraparound, but not sure it is an ideal candidate for use with a Bigsby, as I'm thinking a notched bridge would be best to prevent the strings from sliding sideways. LMK if you have experienced otherwise.

    Yes-- they have another LP kit available, but this one is bought and the work has begun. No turning back now. Live and learn....
    Will see how I like it as a wraparound, then may drill sometime down the road.
     
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    Floating/rocking bar bridge?
     

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