#1
What's the difference between a normal Les Paul and a Wraptail?
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Wow.... I guess I didn't notice that thank you =)
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#4
The very first Les Paul's, starting in '52, had a trapeze-style tailpiece bridge, with no ability to adjust the intonation. Plus, the strings wrapped UNDER the trapeze bridge, making palm-muting impossible. Supposedly this misdesign was due to a miscommunication during the design and introduction to manufacture of the first Les Pauls.

The wraptail is still one piece, but at least the strings wrap OVER the bridge...

The separate stop bar and bridge (as in the Tune-o-matic) provides a better arrangement for adjusting the intonation of each string.

Someone who's a Les Paul expert can probably correct the above, but I think this gives the basic idea.
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Quote by rschleicher
The very first Les Paul's, starting in '52, had a trapeze-style tailpiece bridge, with no ability to adjust the intonation. Plus, the strings wrapped UNDER the trapeze bridge, making palm-muting impossible. Supposedly this misdesign was due to a miscommunication during the design and introduction to manufacture of the first Les Pauls.

The wraptail is still one piece, but at least the strings wrap OVER the bridge...

The separate stop bar and bridge (as in the Tune-o-matic) provides a better arrangement for adjusting the intonation of each string.

Someone who's a Les Paul expert can probably correct the above, but I think this gives the basic idea.

many people argue that the wrapover provides a better connection between the body and the strings and allows them to interact a lot more giving you a more resonant tone.

although you will get better intonation from a tune-o-matic, without a doubt.
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#7
Wraptail Gibson Les Paul:

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Regular Gibson with Tune-o-Matic bridge:

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#8
Doesn't Joe Bonamassa have a standard tune-o-matic bridge on his LP's, screwed down tight and with the strings fed over the top like the "wraptail"?
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Quote by deano_l
Doesn't Joe Bonamassa have a standard tune-o-matic bridge on his LP's, screwed down tight and with the strings fed over the top like the "wraptail"?


Yes he does that... It's to reduce the angle of the strings accross the bridge saddles... On most of his guitars he uses nylon saddles to help lessen the Brightness.

I've strung mine up that way once... with standard saddles, mine doesn't stay in tune as well...
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Quote by deano_l
Doesn't Joe Bonamassa have a standard tune-o-matic bridge on his LP's, screwed down tight and with the strings fed over the top like the "wraptail"?


As far as I know he does a wrapover, he puts the stoptail againist the body and wraps the strings over the stoptail the wrong way. Used to do it with my les paul. I thought it made a difference, the stoptail seemed to transmit vibration better like that.

Going to a PRS wraparound at least, I do think that they sound better, but its hard to know comparing two guitars for anything.
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#11
top wrapping isn't for everyone.

joe b likes it.

others don't.

try it, if you like it great. if not, great.

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