#1
If you have or haven't seen any of my other threads in here, I'm planning on building a Nighthawk in Advanced Woods for school. Well, it's more a solid body Blueshawk, but nonetheless. I hate to go cheep on hardware, but jobs are scarce for teens where I live. I'm currently looking at 2 bridges:
http://store.guitarfetish.com/topmohabrfit2.html
http://store.guitarfetish.com/gohabrfortea.html

Would it be easier to just do the top mounted bridge? Or will I lose the sustain I would have with the string through? And no, I can't find the original Blueshawk bridges anywhere. Thanks!

-Bryan
'89 MIJ Fender Strat
Rivera S-120
'60s PEPCO Model 211 5w head
'60s Paul (Pepco) 1x12 tube amp
'60s Harmony H303a 1x10 tube amp
#4
The top loader is easier as theres no drilling holes thru the body or pressing ferrules in the back. Some say there is a big difference between top load and string thru, some dont. You could get the top load and try it if you dont like it the other bridge would go in the same spot.

I dug around 1 day with the same question. There arent many guitars with both systems in 1 guitar to be able to compare between the 2. And 2 different guitars wont really give the best comparison. The info I found was yes there is some difference in tone, not bad different just different. And that there wasnt really a difference in sustain, not a measurable 1. Just as the bolt/set/thru neck sustain debate has raged theres not really a conclusive answer.
#5
Okay, thanks. I'll probably go with the top loader then, for the sake of it being my first build.
'89 MIJ Fender Strat
Rivera S-120
'60s PEPCO Model 211 5w head
'60s Paul (Pepco) 1x12 tube amp
'60s Harmony H303a 1x10 tube amp