Got my bridge placed this AM and mocked it all up.
Since it'll be a month before I shoot lacquer on this I'll likely wire it tomorrow and play it, but even acoustically it sounds as great as I expected. As I mentioned in another thread,
this guitar is nearly identical to the quilted one I just finished, and as expected this bridge even now is showing me that its far superior to the Schaller wraptail bridge on the other guitar.
Just sitting there its far louder acoustically and sustains far longer.
This is a Tonepros nashville bridge and tailpiece. I like my bridge very low. Just high enough off the wood to maybe slip a piece of paper under it. I did discover today that when they tell you the measurements for the bridge, they do NOT tell you that the studs actually add another 10th of an inch to that height which is rather a lot when you designed it with such tight tolerances and low bridge, so I compensated for that
by countersinking the studs a touch. The bridge is right where I want it now.
I'm using black knurled metal "cupcake" knobs. Lower profile than the standard knurled dome knobs. They feel real nice and will look great with the blue to black burst top.
I'll probably swap the toggle knob with a black one as well.
This will also get a bone nut, not the graphite one thats there temporarily. I havent made that yet though, not the truss rod cover and rear covers.
The purpose of this model is to include everything I love about the Les Paul, but eliminate everything I think is wrong with the Les Paul.
Of course I know it's the height of idiocy to suggest that anything might be wrong with the Les Paul design on this forum. I might find myself tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail, but I do like to live on the edge ;-)
I think I pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one. I've got it all soldered up and just spent an hour playing it and it's definitely da bomb. I haven't even made a proper nut, nor done the fretwork,
But it plays clean on all strings and frets, and the action is low and easy to play, and it's got all the tone you'd expect from the thick Honduran mahogany body and neck, maple top, and Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz combo, and all the resonance and sustain you'd expect from carbon fiber reinforced, 3-piece laminate, neck-through-body design and because of the heel-less design and deep cutaway you can get to every last fret with appalling ease.
This one WILL be the subject of a recording demo and video once it's finished