- Apr 3, 2021
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Thanks that's a great explanation! Much appreciatedHaving the strings touch the back of the bridge is a no-no; the strings should only touch the saddles. When the strings touch the back of the bridge, they are pulling the bridge back instead of just down. This could warp/collapse the bridge over time or bend the bridge posts, and it also creates more points of contact which could potentially reduce sustain (although that part is doubtful) or cause tuning issues.
On my LP Tribute, if you want the strings to not touch the back of the bridge, you have to set the tailpiece pretty dang high, like almost a quarter inch up. By top wrapping, I can screw the tailpiece in all the way and still get that shallower break angle. Having it screwed into the body all the way supposedly increases sustain (though I haven't noticed a different tbh).
Most LPs don't have that problem though, and people just do it to reduce the break angle, but you could do that just as easily by simply raising the tailpiece.