594 tailpiece height

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  1. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Been having so much fun with the new WL 594 that I didn't notice this until last night. Of course it didn't affect the playability at all, but one wonders why the tailpiece would have been setup so high by the previous owner?

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    So I loosened all the strings and brought the tailpiece down. Not decked, but just a turn above that. Looks like my Soapy now.

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    Can't think of a reason to have it setup as high as it was, can you?
     
  2. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    some people like less string angle over the bridge. not me tho.
     
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  3. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Yeah... I wonder if he was busting strings or something?
     
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  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Played with a slide?
     
  5. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    That's an interesting thought.
     
  6. stratlanta

    stratlanta How do brushstroke birds fly?

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    Less break angle can make the strings feel slinkier. Kinda like top wrapping a bridge on a LP. Generally I prefer a bit more break angle/lower tail piece just because it can help eliminate sting buzz. If I have the tailpiece too high on my Heritage H-535 it buzzes too much. Set up is such a matter of personal preference.
     
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  7. jak3af3r

    jak3af3r Slightly Older Than New Member

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    My LP is set high so that the strings clear the back of the bridge. Looks like PRS made taller saddles to avoid that issue.

    Turns out I prefer the feel of the reduced break angle even though it looks kind of ridiculous with everyone else doing a top wrap and going all the way to the body.
     
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    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Place to tuck a magazine while he’s playing?
     
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  9. RickP

    RickP One Guitar Short...

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    I have one Les Paul that plays great, but only with the bridge raised fairly high, so I wrap the strings over the stop tailpiece to keep them from dragging over the rear of the bridge. But I can’t see any reason to do that on a 594. I could venture a few guesses, but it’s better to just say if it’s working right down in the body, then that’s where it ought to be!

    One thing I’ve loved about my PRS guitars is how you never have to do some goofy, bizarre adjustment to make them play right.
     
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  10. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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  11. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Place to keep toe nail clippers? :confused:
     
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    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Giggle
     
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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    As others said, it’s like top-wrapping an LP’s strings for easier bends. Bonamassa does this, as do many others.

    I feel that makes the strings feel too rubber-bandy for my taste, but who am I to argue with Joe B?
     
  14. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I've never even spoken to the guy, let alone argue with him!:p
     
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    stratlanta How do brushstroke birds fly?

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    I have - fishy handshake..... :)
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Awesome!
     
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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    He and I hang out and talk gear all the time. In fact, he’s here now,and says to tell you hello.

    He keeps bugging me to join his band, but I’m not into going on the road.

    “Liar!”

    “I prefer the term, ‘fibber’.”
     
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  18. Karan D. Taktawala

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    Help!

    I was doing my annual guitar cleaning... Fretboard clean, guitar polish etc....

    When I got to cleaning the bridge I released it's begun to go ever so slightly concave from the center. I'm guessing it's because the string pressure was too high. I use 11s in standard tuning & action with the tailpiece bolted down.

    I'm hoping a vice and hot air will bring it back in about 4-5 days but the big question is........ Is the bottom of the bridge also flat or does it have a curve to it too?

    Help brothers, I need to know if the fellow 594 bridge bottoms & tops are flat or curved?
     
  19. Timmy

    Timmy New Member

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    With 9-46s I had mine raised up about an 1/8" off the top. Now with 9-42s I may end
    up lowering it some.
     
  20. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    I recently found out about this happening with old Les Pauls' tune-o-matics, but I wouldn't have thought it would with a newer guitar. If you bought it new, I would think it should be covered under the warranty.
     
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