2005 Les Paul Special SL Was going up a gauge in strings and thought I would try top wrapping to keep the strings from being too tight and see what bringing the stop bar down flush would do for me. I found nothing but heresy First, I didn't like a flush stop bar tone-wise. It took away some detail, brightness, and overall liveliness on my guitar. It reminded me of how I like the tone of a strat with a floating bridge over a decked one, but the difference here was much less subtle. Second, I found it easier to dial in the tension I wanted on the tune o matic with normal stringing verses top wrapping. My experience is overall string length from tuner to where the ball is effects tension at pitch, top wrapping adds to the string length by at least an inch and only works to alleviate tension if you are decking the stop bar... is my finding. This is just what I went through with my guitar. If I were going to lower the tail piece flush then I would most likely try top wrapping again but for this guitar/situation it didn't work out.