String-thru bodies vs. not?

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  1. TommyD

    TommyD TDPRI Member

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    I see some teles that don't have "string-thru" bodies. I assume that the strings end behind the 'bridge'. Does this have any negative effects on tone quality, sustain, etc.? Seems to me, it might remove a lot of the influence of the guitar body on some aspects of the sound. On the other hand . . . .

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  2. mellecaster

    mellecaster Former Member

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    Overall Set-up...saddle height, neck interaction, has a more profound effect IMO than String-thru or Top loading...but that's just me....and don't forget that Amp.....;)
     
  3. chipbutty24

    chipbutty24 Friend of Leo's

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    This topic has been done to death. If you do a search, I think you'll find the "answers" you are after.
     
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    And don´t forget the guitarplayer!
     
  5. jim_pridx

    jim_pridx Tele-Afflicted

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    Depends on whether the body wood is ash or alder......just kidding, of course. Chipbutty is right, though. There's a ton of information to be found here.
     
  6. purpletele

    purpletele Friend of Leo's

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    No more so than the unique aspects two separate but seemingly identical guitars can already posses.
     
  7. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I tried saying that like Yoda:

    Guitars, seemingly identical but two separate being, the unique aspects no more so, can they already possess.

    Somehow it made more sense to me ;)
     
  8. middy

    middy Friend of Leo's

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    Les Pauls are not string-through. 'Nuff said.
     
  9. E Baxter Put

    E Baxter Put Tele-Meister

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    I had a guitar with a bridge that could be strung either way. The only thing I noticed was that it was easier to string the guitar through the body. I didn't notice any difference in sound or feel.
     
  10. BigDaddyLH

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    For folks who want a top-loading hardtail bridge and want to play around with the break angle, this Schaller bridge is interesting. It has the usual holes at tail end for stringing:

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    But it also has holes on the plate for more of an angle:

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    You could mix and match! If this makes no difference, you could pretend you knew that all along.
     
  11. diaz

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    Wow thats actually pretty cool :D


    But, I just cant live without it being string through... :D
     
  12. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    At least you didn't ask if it came in a three barrel.
     
  13. Slann

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    Ry Cooder swears by strings-through-bridge on his Fenders.
    The pickups and amp have more "say" than the bridge/string arrangement, in my opinion.
    I converted a Squier '51 from strings-through-bridge to strings-through-body and it came alive....more sustain, more tone, etc.
    In the end, it's subjective.
     
  14. El Reclusa

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    I have my Baja modded for either, and the difference isn't huge. In fact, I'm not sure it sounds any different, but the strings are significantly easier to bend.

    Of course I say this, but honestly, I haven't changed strings since I got it back from having the either/or mod done (and strung top-loader), so maybe next string change I'll go back through-body and report what I find...

    I do know this- I haven't noticed ANY less sustain top-load.
     
  15. Beachbum

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    I own both top loader and string through body Strats. If there is a tonal difference between the two I have yet to hear it.
     
  16. WilburBufferson

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    A useful experiment on this subject can be read about here.
     
  17. franchelB

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    It's like comparing:
    1. Telecaster Vs. Stratocaster
    2. Fender Vs. Gibson
    3. Taylor Vs. Martin
     
  18. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I like the E string to be top loaded, the A string through, the D and G to be top loaded and the B, e and H strings to be string through.

    Only this way can the tone be glorious. Now you know the secret, you must be silenced.
     
  19. Hiker

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    String-through and bone nut for six string guitar! They make a difference on my Fender Tele and Strat...

    Bass guitar, not needed.
     
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