Roller Bridge on a Les Paul?

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  1. HoboMan

    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    Anybody have a roller bridge on a Les Paul?
    Pros/Cons?
     
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  3. HoboMan

    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    I need a new bridge for my Les Paul. The come without the saddles notched.
    Figured it would be easier to just get a roller bridge.

    I kinda new what the responses would be but figured I'd ask anyways.
    Guess I'll be taking my guitar in to have the saddles notched.
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    sustain sponge; stay away.
     
  5. XmasTree

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    i just put a GFS roller bridge on my CP Jazzmaster and it sustains noticeably better

    plus the tremolo is way smoother and it bends the pitch further both ways
    this thing was really easy to set the intonation as close to perfect as i'm going to get.


    anyway, don't put one on a les paul
    have a new one filed for you, or maybe attempt to do it yourself on a cheaper one....
     
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    No ned to use a roller bridge if the strings aren't moving as with a trem system. Most LPs don't have trems. With a Bigsby, yes it's not a bad idea but not with a stop tail.
     
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    Gotta disagree with a few other posters. I had a great Heritage H-150CM with a roller bridge. No problems whatsoever with sustain or tone and very comfortable.

    Liked that guitar enough to buy it, sell it, then buy it again. (And sold it again but I still miss it from time to time.)

    Maybe that guitar was a rare exception but my experience was very positive.
     
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    I used a roller bridge on a Paul when I used a ZZ Guitarworks Bigsby harness, It stayed in tune and I don't recall any loss of sustain.
     
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    All roller bridges are not created equal. Some lousy ones will suck out a LOT of your tone, while some good ones will not, and may even increase your tone/sustain. The Wilkinson locking ones are very good, and so are the Schaller ones.

    One thing to be careful of, though. Roller saddles will only accommodate strings up to a certain gauge. On the Wilkys for example, nothing above a .46 will work.
     
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    you can always buy a bridge that has been pre-filed with a little notch
    they're not all blank
     
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    I put one on an SG when I added Bigsby. No real comments positive or negative. It works.
     
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    Carefull - not only are they not created equal, some/many will change your tone just due to their overall mass. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you will probably hear a difference.

    Also, the cheap ones tend to rattle worse than an old ABR-1.

    For stop tailpiece Gibsons there really is no need for rollers. I'd strongly recommend a TonePros replacement bridge, even if you don't lock down the posts - their tolerances are so tight that you get no rattles, no movement and a tighter string-to-body connection that really gives up a purer tone. On my '61 SG reissue, it's one of the biggest improvements I've made on that guitar.
     
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    Even the good ones do something weird when you bend, in my experience.
     
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    I would only recommend those if you had a string alignment issue that bothered you. Otherwise no.
     

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