TonePros locking bridge/tail for my VOS ??

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  1. SteelerFan88

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    I just picked up a new Les Paul Special (1960 Historic VOS) with my tax refund. I am debating on getting the Wrap-around tail assembly from TonePros. Will it make a big difference in my sustain, resonence, and intonation ? I am looking at the vintage style aluminum wrap around tailpiece w/ locking studs. NOT the fully adjustable unit.....I want to retain the historic look of my guitar.
     
  2. Lublin

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    It will make a difference. The stock aluminum piece sounded "plinky" in comparison to the Tonepros on my 1960 VOS Special. Very worth the price.
     
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    Cool......I guess it's worth it then. Nice that you had the same guitar as me. I get good advice here on this one !

    Guess I'll order the set tomarrow at work.
     
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    Check your PM's before you buy anything.
     
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    Am I correct in my belief you can get the locking studs only? Would this be an improvement?
     
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    Get the locking bridge before you get the tailpiece. HUGE difference, more so than the tailpiece. The original ABR1 bridge was advanced for its time, but really is a piece of ****. The saddles are loose, creating all kinds of stray noise, the height adjustment moves when you breathe on it and the thin, threaded "posts" don't give you a very tight bridge-to-body connection. I put a TonePros ABR1 replacement bidge in my 61 SG RI and the tone became richer, purer, and the sustain improved exponentially.
     
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    DO NOT buy the Tonepros ADJUSTABLE WRAPAROUND. Stringing it is nearly impossible without removing the entire bridge. I kid you not. There's no way you won't smash something in your house if you try feeding a string through while it's on the guitar. Guaranteed!

    It does in fact sound incredible and it looks cool. I have on on my Junior, but I'd get the Pigtail if I was doing it all over No question about it:

    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges...m_Wraparound_Bridge.html?tab=Pictures#details

    EDIT: I see you don't want adjustable....in that case the Tonepros would be AWESOME
     
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    yes and yes
     
  9. SteelerFan88

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    after doing more homework.....I am going to use my factory tail piece but install the locking studs and go from there (if needed)

    Thanks for all the advice !
     
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    I, too, have the same guitar (2006). After a good deal of research, I went with the Pigtail & am very happy with it.
     
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    Can I get some pics of the pigtail bridge mounted ??
     
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    You're making quite a racket over something I have no trouble with on my LP Jr. with a Tonepros adjustable wraparound bridge.

    :facepalm
     
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    Youtube it please
     
  14. Lublin

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    I don't have to, I own one.
     
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    So do I.

    They're extremely difficult to restring. If it's so easy make a video.
     
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    No video necessary.

    Step 1: loosen strings
    Step 2: cut old strings in the middle, as to not have to pull the pigtail through the tailpiece and risk scratching our guitar
    Step 3: push old string into tailpiece enough to grab the ball end with a pair of needle nose pliers
    Step 4: while pulling string out with need nose pliers, hold the cut end with your hand so it doesn't flail and scratch your guitar
    Step 5: install new strings, using needle nose pliers to thread strings into the tailpiece
    Step 6: tune to pitch
    Step 7: pull on strings as to tighten them around the tuning posts
    Step 8: repeat step 6
    Step 9: enjoy your instrument (or post on TGP instead)
     
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    This may be a good idea, I'll give it a shot. The other issue on a non-angled Junior is the proximity of the dogear cover to the bridge itself. This may help combat that.

    As you know the hard part is getting the string through the "second" hole, so to speak.

    :D OK I LOLed

    Well played.

    Sorry to sound combative. That damn bridge sounds and looks great but restringing it is a serious pita.
     
  18. Lublin

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    I didn't think you were combative at all and I happy to have shed a little bit of light on this subject for you. Let me know how it goes. :)
     

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