Top wrapping a stop tailpiece?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by DougMen, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    From the 1956 catalog ...

    LP Custom 56 catalog topwrap.JPG
     
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  2. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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  3. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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  4. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

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    Sutton QC, CANADA
    LOL ... probably all catalogs after 1956 were down wrapped. It's just to show when people say that Gibson never top wrapped.
     
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  5. Best1989

    Best1989 Squier-holic

    Apr 25, 2019
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    My LP is slinky enough as it is now, but I might top wrap it next time I change strings, just to try it.
     
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  6. Big tuna

    Big tuna Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2014
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    I started top wrapping years ago only because all the cool kids did it. I am trendy for sure! lol
     
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  7. SoundDesign

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    If we're being honest with ourselves, this probably accounts for a lot of the things we do in life...
     
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  8. DougMen

    DougMen Squier-holic

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    I always just raised the stop tailpiece to reduce tension and break angle. I wonder if there's much of a difference between the two at the same settings of those things.
     
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  9. Toddcaster64

    Toddcaster64 Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2013
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    It sounds way better, as do coiled guitar cords....

    yes I’m being sarcastic
     
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  10. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Squier-Meister

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    I'm not sure it is much different having tried both ways on my LP and SG. I bought some new aluminium stop tails for them and decided to try just raising the stop tail instead to stop the strings scratching the new stop tails. Seemed to feel very much the same, though I get the point about pulling the stop tail forwards as my Epiphone tends to do that, so when I get it back from a refret I'll probably top wrap that one.
     
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  11. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    When top wrapping, I always thread each string through an extra ball end to prevent the coiled end of the string to wrap over.

    Ball ends.jpg
     
  12. pblanton

    pblanton Squier Talker

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    I have an '08 LP Standard that I top-wrap. The first time I did it was just to see what Bonamassa was on about. I liked it even though the difference isn't that pronounced. Joe says the strings are "slinkier" and though I can see what he's talking about, it's not that much of a change. It is a positive change though so I kept it.

    If I were a better player, maybe it'd make more of a difference.

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  13. Ascari45

    Ascari45 Squier Talker

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    +1 for the Chris Buck plug... I dig his videos and had watched this one. I don't know that I did a bunch of testing, but my mind says decking the bar against the wood with a top wrap is the best way to set up things. That's good enough for me. Since I play 9s on my gibsons anyway, who is to say if it really is slinkier as they are already. But in my mind it's better and that's all that counts.