Replaced Wrap Tailpiece with Adjustable on an 19 yr old PRS

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  1. 88prs

    88prs New Member

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    So I replaced the wrap tailpiece with an adjustable one on a 19 yr old PRS Custom 22. I purchased from an authorized dealer ($199!) when I installed in it leaned forward 10-15 degrees so I wasn't impressed with the stud to bridge fit. It made my guitar much brighter and harsh in the mid-range. Guess I was bumbed so I sent it back and put the stock one back on and the awesome sound returned....

    So how come the PRS's I play in the store sound so great with these bridges,,, weird.
     
  2. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie six, DFZ

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    Did you replace the studs also? They should be machined for the bridge to tolerances.
     
  3. 88prs

    88prs New Member

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    Yes, replaced everything. was surprised it was leaning
     
  4. Song

    Song In Nomine Dilectio

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    If it aint broke, don't fix it.
     
  5. 88prs

    88prs New Member

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    Yup, well said
     
  6. BMiller

    BMiller New Member

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    I keep toying with the idea of replacing the fixed bridge on my '98 McCarty. Honestly, it's fine the way that it is and I have zero issues with it.

    I figure that if Paul wanted it to be adjustable, he would have designed it that way. Leaving well enough alone.
     
  7. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    The old school tail pieces are adjustable, just not for individual strings.

    I replaced one with the individually adjustable saddles. No problem with the fit, no significant change in tone.

    2006 SC
     
  8. walrus

    walrus New Member

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    I bought my Hollowbody Spruce used. Previous owner had put an adjustable bridge on it. Works and sounds great!
     
  9. shallbe

    shallbe New Member

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    I replaced mine with the Schroeder adjustable stop tail piece. I think the sound is even better than the PRS wraptail. Personally, I like the look of this bridge, but he makes a flat back one as well. Another great feature is the locking top posts. It means ZERO lean, the bridge won't move with the strings off, and it channels the string vibrations into the guitar very well.

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    emesem7 New Member

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    I tried out one of the PRS adjustable bridges. Returned it. Really saw no change in tone or intonation. I think they look a bit busy (particularly with the brass colored saddles) and there is something elegant and artful about the old one-piece stoptail. I went back to stock too. File under unnecessary "upgrade".
     
  11. Sage

    Sage While you were partying I studied the guitar.

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    There are only two reasons I can think of to use the adjustable stoptail:
    1. You play in alternate tunings.
    2. You use a weird string gauge combination.

    If you don't do this, then the adjustability buys you nothing. The original stoptail is precisely designed and machined to intonate each string properly in standard tunings with the most common string gauges. There isn't enough variation in the construction of a PRS to require individual saddle adjustability. Fewer moving parts in the bridge means a greater transfer of vibration between the string and the body, so there *is* a tradeoff for that adjustability. When you think about how acoustic guitars are constructed, this all makes perfect sense. If you regularly play alternate tunings, then the adjustable bridge might be worth it, but for my money, the single-piece stoptail is where it's at.
     
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