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String through body or hardtail bridge attachment.
Dolebludger
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I have one of those '82 "Longhorn" guitars with a "hardtail bridge where the strings attach to the back of the bridge assembly and run over some round "barrel" saddles. The intonation screws are offset from the holes that retain the strings. On this bridge, this causes the saddles to tilt and not make good contact with the metal bottom of the bridge, resulting in rattle, loss of sustain, and crappy tone.

While this was (is) hardly an expensive guitar, it does have its uses due to its 31 fret neck and switch-on active electronics which (believe it or not) can be set to produce a great JAZZ tone. This particular cheap guitar I bought long ago actually had good wood resonance, and therefor it has possibilities.

So I want to replace the bridge. I can go two ways. I can get a better engineered version of what I have with the strings anchored at the back of the bridge, or can get a bridge where the strings go through the body and have my luthier set me up.

Any recommendations?

Post Date: 12/22/2009 @ 5:21 pm
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Can you post a pic of this guitar?


this rig requires something with a little more kick... plutonium!

Post Date: 12/22/2009 @ 9:50 pm

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31 frets????

“Among God's creatures two, the dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes, in order not be separated from the man” Andre' Segovia

Post Date: 12/23/2009 @ 3:20 am

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sting729 said:

31 frets????

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Guess why it's called a longhorn. Smiley

Sound like a baritone guitar.

Rock while you can.

Post Date: 12/23/2009 @ 10:09 am

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Dolebludger
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I am very busy with my critical ill father, and will post a pic of the guitar as soon as I find time to figure out how, and do it. Yes, it has 31 easily accessible frets. some player with finger tips not as fat as mine could really do some stuff.

But right now, I'd like to know if ANY guitar with tele type bridges are better off with "string through body" or "string through bridge". My current bridge sucks, and I can go either way.

Post Date: 12/23/2009 @ 6:41 pm

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Dolebludger said:

But right now, I'd like to know if ANY guitar with tele type bridges are better off with "string through body" or "string through bridge". My current bridge sucks, and I can go either way.

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I would play the two different bridge styles back to back and take some notes down on the sustain/tone issues. Whenever you get a chance of course. Taking care of the fam would definitely be priority for me too.

And kind of guess how either one would adapt to your guitty. I feel dumb asking like, "What would a (Pickup model x) sound like in a (Guitar model y), if I was playing through a (Amp model z)?" Because someone out there is going to know... but it may be fun to go with either option and be (hopefully in a good way) surprised with the outcome Smiley Happy moddin'!

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Post Date: 12/24/2009 @ 3:45 pm

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Dolebludger
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Well, as soon a I figure out how to post a pic, I'll do it, as I've got one. It is just a double cutaway guitar with absurdly long "horns and a short distance from the neck to the back of the bout with a single pup -- in this case a Seymour Duncan Invader (not stock on this guitar). Because of the body shape, there is access to 31 frets. It is a mahogany solid body. My amp is a Mesa Nomad 55 2X12 with a lot of tonal choices -- except one that gets rid of the sound of a tinny bridge. My rack includes dig. delay, compressor, 10 band graphic EG, and a BBE Sonic Maximizer. This stupid looking, cheap guitar from the 80's actually sounds good even with the bad bridge. And oddly enough it sounds best on jazz with the on-board preamp on and the vol and tone turned down -- and it looks about as far from a jazz guitar as you can imagine!

Post Date: 12/24/2009 @ 5:47 pm

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try setting up an account on photobucket.com - do you have one yet? you can upload pictures to that site and than just post here with links to it. there are probably some other file sharing sites out there but i really don't know much about that. if you're not familiar with this process it's a pain in the @$$.

i wanna see a picture of that guitty though! as soon as i learned that uli roth (of scorpions) had a "sky guitar" custom built, with the catch phrase "enough frets available to play notes reserved for the violin register"... i was instantly fascinated and had to look up loads of pictures of it.

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Post Date: 12/28/2009 @ 1:05 pm

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Dolebludger
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It certainly is a pain. I have a pic of the guitar on my digital camera, but neither my wife or I can use that photobucket thing. If one of you will email me at richhruth@cox.net I will send you a jpeg you can put on the board for me, if you would be so kind. It really is a weird but usable guitar. And I'm still pondering whether to put a "string through body" bridge on.

Post Date: 12/29/2009 @ 11:51 am

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