i've always put my strings in the back of the tailpiece, then out nearest the bridge and straight to the bridge. but i noticed jimmy page does the opposite, puts them in nearest the bridge, out the back and wraps them around then to the bridge. what are any advantages/disadvantages and either way?
they say it helps squeeze out every ounce of sustain i keep forgetting to do this but it looks like it could also shorten string life if you use larger gauge strings zakk wylde also uses this trick and it all comes down to personal preference i really can't say i've heard a difference though
Slash does it as well.