LP Special, T.O.M or wraparound?

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  1. Jakatone

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    Hi guys, so long story short, i recently recorded with a original 57' single cut special and it was hands down the best sounding guitar i have ever played. Since then I've been trying to get something similar, be it Gibson or a handmade. The original had:
    - unpotted P90's ( obviously )
    - very lightweight aluminum wraparound.

    The pickups are relatively easy to get with all the boutique stuff, the tailpiece is a major decision since it's hard to turn a TOM into a wraparound and vice versa.

    What are your thoughts about the wraparound playing a big role in the sound of a Special?
     
  2. Cjsinla

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    I would think that the all mahogany construction and the P90's are bigger contributors to the tone than anything else. I have owned a number of P90 equipped guitars with and without TOM/ABR bridges and they have all sounded great.
     
  3. Jakatone

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    Also a big contributing factor, I agree. Did you hear any audible difference between the two bridges? The 57' had a very raw, airy, woody, 3D sound, i suspect it was the sum of all the parts, that's why I have second thoughts about which bridge to choose.
     
  4. Wailing

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    I have two juniors, one with wraparound, the other with a TOM. They both sound great, however there is a 'grit' edge to the wraparound, so I go to either guitar according to the sound I want to hear. I guess that means... You need two Specials ?? BTW I have a 97 DC Special with a TOM, and that covers nearly all of the bases. Happy hunting
     
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    My 60's DC Special is a wrap around and sounds fantastic. Thinking about it, with just a tail piece for the strings to go around, it's as close to a string through body as you can get. That may help add to the tone.

    Although, what I found with mine is Pickup pole adjustment plays a huge factor in how it sounds. Tail piece height does too. I can't deck mine, but can come close. Then I raise and lowerpole pieces to taste.
     
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  6. Jakatone

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    That grit is exactly what I'm looking for! I have enough guitars to cover all other bases.
     
  7. Jakatone

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    The more research i do the more sense it makes that the P90/wraparound is the right combination for a special/jr.
     
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    I prefer the sound of the wrap around- I have both styles.
     
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  9. bossaddict

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    I would go with a wraparound bridge as well. I feel they have more of a snap to them and if you're trying to replicate the sound of the '57 as closely as possible, that seems like a good way to get that much closer.
     
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  10. Jakatone

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    That was my original thought also. Trying to get close to the one i played and putting a different bridge doesn't seem right.
     
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    i would also go with wraptail. imo they sound better, have better response, have a snap, twang and honk you dont get with a tom.
     
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  12. Wailing

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    What did you buy ???
     

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