Meet the Lightning Bar, the recent Gibson Les Paul mod that would possess valid settled the head-wrapping debate as soon as and for all

Whenever you’re into your guitar forums, you’ll possess positively seen a debate or three on some unprecedented advantages of ‘top wrapping’ your Les Paul’s stud or pause tailpiece over sticking with the long-established string-via way. Does it in actuality kind any distinction? 

Neatly, a ramification of folk possess salvage opinions on both programs. While the string-via way is by a ways the most neatly-liked, creator Robb Lawrence in The Early Years Of The Les Paul Legacy: 1915-1963 states that “within the foundation these items [the stud or stop tailpiece] had been depicted within the catalogues and shipped in most cases with the strings over the head of the tailpiece (the trend it used to be designed).” 

Precisely when the stringing way changed I even don’t possess any idea, but in The Magnificence Of The ’Burst by Yasuhiko Iwanade, of the 80-one thing ’Bursts pictured fully two are top wrapped – undoubtedly one of which is Billy F Gibbons’ ‘Pearly Gates’.

With the stud tailpiece screwed valid down onto the body, which many individuals bear in mind to maximise string-to-body vibration, the string attitude of the string-via way is at its steepest.

If the tune-o-matic sits moderately high (neck angles bag vary), in particular in case your guitar has a rare wider Nashville-trend tune-o-matic, the electric guitar strings might perchance presumably decide on the assist fringe of the bridge, which appears to be like to be a puny bit untidy and have to reason some tuning concerns, not least on the distress strings. Attributable to this reality, it is probably you’ll perchance presumably then have to enhance the stud tailpiece a puny bit.

On the different hand, if you top-wrap the tailpiece with it restful screwed completely down, the assist-attitude of the strings is lowered, so it’s less steep. Whenever you palm-restful loads, it is probably you’ll perchance presumably win this marginally more happy and, in theory, there might perchance furthermore very neatly be a slight distinction within the perceived feel of the strings: steep, stiffer; less steep, slacker.

Over time you’ll designate the head of the tailpiece, too, which is often a mutter in case it is probably you’ll perchance presumably presumably decide to return to the string-via way or promote in your guitar.

Chris Peace of UK-essentially essentially based entirely Lightning Guitars has variety of combined the two programs with his Lightning Quit Bar, a beautifully CNC machined, lightweight aluminium stud tailpiece, which at 32 grams is fundamentally four grams lighter than the Gibson tailpiece it replaced. It’s designed for strings-via but angles the string holes up, so the strings exit unprecedented higher on the tailpiece.

This implies you acquire that less steep attitude of the head-wrapping way, however the tailpiece can restful be screwed down demanding to the body. Now not like the Gibson half, and most others, the string holes aren’t radiused.

Lightning Bar

(Picture credit: Lightning Guitars)

“The Lightning Quit Bar has the full advantages of top wrapping with out the injury or involving concerns,” says the net site. “The Lightning Quit Bar will also be positioned as puny because it’ll dart. Your usual gauge strings will feel lighter and less difficult to play and are loads less more probably to interrupt, and appealing up to a heavier gauge string situation will feel just a few gauge lighter, too.” 

Chris also tells us the Quit Bar have to fit any guitar. “I acquire requested that loads: does the tailpiece fit on Epiphones? But I’ve designed it to fit the entirety. Set up it this fashion, I haven’t realized one but that it doesn’t fit.”

Fitted onto a Gibson Les Paul Fundamental, any ‘lighter’ and ‘less difficult’ to play reports are at fully refined – not least with recent strings – however the geometry of those exit holes is surely striking less assist-attitude on the strings and it’s a whole lot of ‘why didn’t I bear in mind this?’ moments. It ain’t vintage-spec, nonetheless it’s very frigid.  

  • The Lightning Quit Bar costs £59.ninety 9 in sparkling nickel or chrome; pre‑ragged nickel version is £64.ninety 9. Gold and chrome are priced at £62.ninety 9. Fetch out more at Lightning Guitars.

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