Wrap Around VS Tune-o-Matic

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Last Nerve, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Last Nerve

    Last Nerve Supporting Member

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    I'm getting ready to buy a non-trem guitar to go with my shredder and strat, and I'm wondering what the differences are between these two bridge options.
    Looking for comments on-

    -quality (is one inherently "better" than the other?)
    -intonation ability
    -sustain ability

    as well as just general experiences. :)
     
  2. bonchie123

    bonchie123 Supporting Member

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    The wrap around is supposed to give more sustain.
     
  3. Last Nerve

    Last Nerve Supporting Member

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    Any other thoughts?
    Does it all come down to personal preference?
     
  4. Griz

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    Tune-o-matic is less of a hassle re: intonation.

    Wrap-around gets slightly better sustain.

    PRS makes a wrap-around that has adjustable sections to facilitate proper intonation.

    That said, you rarely hear owners of LP Juniors (wrap-around) complaining of bad intonation.

    Best of luck. :D
     
  5. itstooloudMike

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    To me, the wrap-around sounds better and plays better. I like the string attack of the wrap-around. Also, I think strings bend easier with a wrap-around. I can't really say why, but I've had a couple of early SGs with wrap-arounds, and they've been the easiest string bending guitars I've played. Since I play a lot more lead than full-chord work, I consider tone and playability to be more important than perfect intonation. I'm sure there are those that will disagree with me, but I've been sold on wrap-around bridges for quite a while. I think that's one of the playability advantages that PRS has over Gibsons with a tune-o-matic. I really could never understand why '54 Les Paul Re-issues weren't more popular. It's my favorite Les Paul configuration. Early SG Specials with wrap-arounds are monster guitars. But maybe I'm biased?
    Mike
    :)
     
  6. darkbluemurder

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    I definitely prefer the wraparound because to me the attack feels tighter and quicker whereas the tune-o-matic has a more compressed feel.

    As regards intonation there is no difference if you use an adjustable wraparound bridge (Tone Pros AVT-II, Pigtail or the old Quan Badass). The first two sound brighter than the Badass.
     

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