- Dec 26, 2010
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Awesome , thanks for sharing this piece of history
The trapeze bridge was Lester's design and part of the agreement he made with Gibson in '51. He mentions it in his biography and says that Gibson didn't account for the neck angle required and the only way that first batch of guitars was playable was to string them under, which reduced bridge pressure and killed tone (see pic above).There was no need to call it a Standard, there were only the two models. The original Les Paul guitars were outfitted with P-90s and the very first year had the trapeze tailpiece, which as far as I know was a poor design.