Roller Bridge For Les Paul

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  1. DrumBob

    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    Does anyone make a roller bridge for a Les Paul? I'm thinking of adding an Epi LP with a Bigsby, but it has a standard Tune-O-Matic, and I'm concerned with tuning issues.
     
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    Black Squirrel Silver Supporting Member

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    I tried a few different roller bridges, all were tone suckers.
     
  4. rastus

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    Schaller makes a good one, I had one on a 77 LP Artisan, with a Bigsby- was a fantastic sounding guitar , the Nashville bridge it replaced was also schaller made. The tone was just as good, and that Bigsby stayed in tune flawlessly. It also had a graphite nut.
    I got that Schaller roller from Stew-Mac; it fit right on the posts, no mod needed at all
     
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    +1 for Schaller. Had it once in '79 LP Deluxe GT with Bigsby. Could not hear tone sucking.

    Schaller has metric ones too for Epi's.
     
  6. 73Fender

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    Many Heritage guitars used to come with the Schaller bridge. There has been debate on the tone thing but one of mine have it and I like it. It allows for a good break angle and you can adjust string position side to side. I put clear nail polish on the threads when I found my preferred position. The rollers can rotate when changing strings thereby changing the string's position.

    Lots of Heritage guys swap theirs out, maybe place a WTB ad on the HOC forum, you may get one for next to nothing.
     
  7. DrumBob

    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the tip, guys. Schaller it is. I think I can get one from Harris-Teller, where I have an account.
     
  8. NHDave

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    the guitar fetish one is advertised as brass, I returned mine when
    I found out it wasn't... I won't deal with them again
     
  9. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    I hated the shaller. a string breaks and the roller goes flying... lost forever... guitar useless till you get another one.

    YOu can do some stuff to a tune-o-matic so that it "rocks" a little.

    For me, I had a powerBridge on my bigsby equipped Heritage. that was fine. You don't NEED a roller bridge I don't think.
     
  10. TheBuffalo

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    A question, why do you need a roller bridge for a les paul
     
  11. stormin1155

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    I love Wilkenson's roller bridge. Have on on several of my guitars. Very comfortable. A bit tricky to adjust intonation, but once there you're good. Available through many ebay merchants.
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  12. sonicD

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    B7 with a roller bridge on an LP Classic Plus - never noticed any "tone suck". I think that entire "tone suck" thing is exaggerated.

    btw Bob, adding the roller bridge will make the whole thing feel more like a Gretsch! LOL! You think I'm kidding? Wait till you try it...
     
  13. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    frankencat Guitarded Supporting Member

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    the Wilkinson roller bridge is actually very nice. I have had it on a couple of guitars.
     
  15. DrumBob

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    Just an update, I haven't decided to buy that Les Paul with the Bigsby yet. I'm still trying to figure out if I can swing it right at the moment, but thanks again for the advice.
     
  16. DrumBob

    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    I believe it.
     
  17. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    My Guild Bluesbird has a "Guildsby" but retains the stock Gotoh bridge. I did install a Towner Down tension bar in place of the tailpiece. The set-up works great




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  18. Whiskeyrebel

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    I like the Schaller, which I have on a guitar with a Bigsby Palm Pedal. but I've also gotten good performance with a regular vibrato using Graph Tech replacement saddles on a Nashville bridge.
     
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    I have one of these on my Gretsch Electromatic Corvette. Haven't noticed any tone issues, the guitar sounds pretty much like it did with the original TOM bridge. I got mine off Amazon.
     
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    ABM is my favorite I have tried...
     

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