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#1 User is offline   Dave1963 

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:26 AM

I went through all this when I got my LP and eventually decided to wrap the strings and drop the tailpiece all the way down. I believe I got a bit of a slinkier feel and more sustain. What s the thought process on my newly acquired ES335? My LP is on 9's, but I am leaving 10's on the ES,as I prefer the tone from the 10's.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:52 AM

A question no one here can answer. Just try it an see if you like it or not.

There is no set rule about it.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:12 AM

View PostChristopherJ, on 11 January 2018 - 08:52 AM, said:

A question no one here can answer. Just try it an see if you like it or not.

There is no set rule about it.


I'll give it a go when I swap the strings out....
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:21 PM

I would imagine some of it depends on the guitar itself as well. Some guitars may prefer wrapped while others would not. Let us know how it goes!
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:48 PM

View Postteledan, on 11 January 2018 - 04:21 PM, said:

I would imagine some of it depends on the guitar itself as well. Some guitars may prefer wrapped while others would not. Let us know how it goes!


I certainly will young man!
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:59 PM

I just top wrap. It's more of a habit since the sixties.

I seem to recall it makes strings slinkier. It also provides a wider rest for the palm. It the string ends poke or scratches you, you can add an extra string ball before you string the guitar. I don't do it anymore with EB; just make sure the ends are poking down when you bend the string around the stop tail.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 06:17 PM

View Postkaicho8888, on 11 January 2018 - 04:59 PM, said:

I just top wrap. It's more of a habit since the sixties.

I seem to recall it makes strings slinkier. It also provides a wider rest for the palm. It the string ends poke or scratches you, you can add an extra string ball before you string the guitar. I don't do it anymore with EB; just make sure the ends are poking down when you bend the string around the stop tail.


I have the extra ball ends on the LP, so I will do the same with the ES, it just makes sense to keep them the same.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:29 PM

Joe Bonamassa would. Eric Johnson will, then wont, then will again, and then wont to infinatum.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:35 AM

I also wrap all my tune-o-matic-bridge guitars and lower the stopbar. It definately feels somewhat easier to bend (depending on the angle, the strings would go over the bridge) and I also notice (quite subtile) changes in tone. My bandmates would pretend to never notice anything, but I'm sure the sound has a subtile amount of more depth and sustain... But, nevermind could be voodoo as well [biggrin]

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:57 AM

I Choose not to top wrap...for no real reason either way! [biggrin]
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 02:20 PM

I did it tonight. The break angle is very shallow as the tailpiece is quite thick, but all good. Bends are easier and no other changes that I can notice.
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Posted Yesterday, 09:10 AM

Your guitar is like your Johnson, wrap it or don't, your call.
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Posted Yesterday, 04:27 PM

View PostFZ Fan, on 19 January 2018 - 09:10 AM, said:

Your guitar is like your Johnson, wrap it or don't, your call.


I like the wrap vibe, so it's here to stay, same as the LP. IF you get to the Midlands when you visit, give me a shout, I will get the beers in!
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