#1
I've always heard/believed that on a TOM tailpiece it's best to screw it all the way down to the body to have the best sustain and least amount of stress on the bolts (Thinking of component vectors this would make sense.)

I have it set up like that on my '84 ML, but the '03 Flying V has me a little concerned. If I screw the tailpiece down as close as possible to the body, then the strings rub against the backside of the bridge. Is this something I should be concerned about or is this a Gibson thing in general? I've never ran across this problem in guitar repair so I'm completely clueless haha


EDIT: I meant to say the ML's strings doesn't rub the bridge since there isn't a tailpiece. You can't get the 'tailpiece' any closer to the body of the guitar than the ML
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Last edited by Flux'D at Jan 24, 2009,
#2
If you're concern about the break angle then why not try wrap-around next time you changing strings. You can have the tailpiece all the way down then.
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#3
Well the tailpiece is a wraparound, it's the original bridge and tailpiece that was installed on it I believe. Maybe I didn't explain clearly, but this isn't a tailpiece/bridge combo. It's the two seperate pieces like on a Les Paul
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#4
I think you don't know what he meant. He told you to wrap around the bridge. As in stick the strings in away from the neck (or backwards) and wrap them over the top of the tailpiece then over to the bridge. You can do it on a two piece system your describing. Its called top wrapping. A lot of guys do it on LES PAULS. I do it on my epi. This will keep the strings from touching the back of the bridge
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#5
Alright, that clears up a little bit haha. This is the first guitar that I've owned with a two-piece setup like that. All of mine are have either Floyds, a Kahler, or string thru's
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#6
How high is the action? consider lowering it a little.
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#7
The action is fairly low but not as low as my Razorback or other metal guitars. It's not a high action either, something nice in between favoring the lower end of the scale
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