Hello, I just joined this forum so this is my introduction post. I have a 1984 Studio Standard LP that needs some work and I'm trying to make some decisions about replacing the bridge/tailpiece. I have other repairs to make but replacing the bridge will give me a lot more information on whether I want to keep this guitar or not. I've had this guitar for nearly twenty years and I've never really bonded with it. Part of that may be the bridge that is worked to death and likely not original (made in germany and looks like pot metal). My first LP was a 1989 Studio black with ebony fretboard and nickle hardware, that guitar was fire - I stupidly traded it off when I was a teenager (I wanted a whammy bar guitar... dumb). The Studio Standard has never had the same sparkle or harmonic depth and pinch harmonics really don't come through at all, albeit the neck pickup is far superior for jazz chord work. Moving on, I'd like to know what would be the closest to original replacement bridge and also what would be the best bridge set-up for tone; cost is a factor, though I'd rather get it right than save a few bucks. I have a feeling that original vs best sounding is going to be very different I've been toying with the idea of an ABR-1 conversion of some sort, aluminum tailpiece and possibly doing dual materials for the saddles (steel or titanium for wound strings and nylon or brass for the top strings. I'd rather keep the Nashville insert/stud set-up if I can do so without a major negative affect on tone. I'm also looking at this bridge deal http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338014323&icep_item=382316874770 since it fits my budget well. In addition, I've been considering the TonePros locking bridge posts and also locking tailpiece studs (can't remember if the ones I'm looking at are also TonePros. I'd really like to get this guitar to sing but I also would like to be able to get as much value out of it as I can if I sell it. My hope however, is that I can transform this thing and not sell it. If I do sell I don't want to make changes that I have to redo for value. I'm mostly a rhythm player and I play rockabilly/country swing/surf/jazz(ish, I'm not that studied). However, I also play metal and I remember my Studio being particularly well suited for that purpose. So, I'd like to be able to get nice vintage tones out of the thing but also have a bit of darkness and sparkle for more driven tones. I'd like to emphasize that I'm a rather heavy handed picker and I will be setting the action a bit on the high side with strings on the heavy side of things. Cosmetically I'd love to convert the whole guitar to nickel finish; I know it's not period correct though and I'm wondering if this would have a big negative affect on value. At this point I've read so many ideas on how to improve the bridge that I'm glazing over and I'd really like input from someone that has replaced/upgraded the bridge on this specific model since it's a little different sonically from a standard Les Paul. Thanks for your help.