Wilkinson wrap-around bridge

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  1. Laren

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    Hi guys,

    So how's this thing work on a LP Junior? The string cutouts (saddles as such) are square to the bridge but on an LP Junior the bridge is angled so that the string slots are now also angled so how are the strings going to sit in them?

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    As I recall there is an allen screw at each post that moves the entire bridge forward and back and the B and G saddles are adjustable (as a unit if I recall).

    I would locate the posts so at their farthest forward location the high E is just a hair back from the scale (say a 1/16th) and the low E is maybe 1/8 behind the scale. I think the B and G can be made to work with that.

    I've only seen one once and it was some time ago. I didn't actually set it.
     
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    Those, like the PRS design, are intended to be installed on studs parallel with the bridge pickup.
     
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    It did say for LP Junior.
     
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    I've not used the Wilkinson wrap-around, but the others I've used (ABM, AllParts) had enough adjustment in the saddle travel to allow you to set the anchor studs at 90 degrees to the guitars center-line.

    Same thing as what Geno is saying (PRS style) but worded different :).

    Do you already have the anchor studs installed, or are they just sitting on top ?

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    Probably because most modern LP Juniors have a non-angled bar bridge. They have compensation in the form of a raised boss atop the bar, which sets the intonation for each string. Usually referrred to as a "lightning" bridge because the raised boss resembles a bolt of lightning.

    See how it's parallel to the pickup?

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    installed so I can't move them. So what bridge would you find on an LP Junior as they're all (seem to be) angled like that?

    I think it looks cool angled
     
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    Yeah, I have those on an LP Jr and an LP Spc. They have to be set straight. Not angled.
     
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    If the studs are angled to the old Gibson specs, you could always use what Gibson used to use - a stop-bar tailpiece.

    It's just a regular old tail piece doing double-duty as a stop bar/bridge, so the intonation might be a little fuzzy, just like it was on the originals :).
     
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    Do you have the skills to relocate the studs?
     
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    I probably could. Not done it before but hell this is only my second build and I've got this far. Or could I just file new string slots maybe?
     
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    There doesn't seem to be enough angle on it for intonation though, even using the grub screws would still put the string slots out a bit.

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    Your build ? If so you set the posts like a vintage Jr. As said before, recent ones have a slight 3 degrees or so. The wraparound you have is made for those, not the heavily angled studs.

    You have 2 choices here:
    1- Use a simple TOM tailpiece and have a so so intonation (you'll need to use a wound G string)
    2- Reposition the studs to a modern pattern and use about any wraparound available on the market.

    This is my 2006 Jr.

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    I have a MojoAxe and it's a very nice bridge, with compensation and designed for an angled installation.

    There are others - Faber, Pigtail, Music City Studfinder, Schroeder, ABM, Hipshot, Schaller...

    There's a choice to make - adjustable saddles or non-adjustable but compensated.

    You can also choose to go "traditional" with non-compensated and without saddles.

    A stop tailpiece alone is close. The classic wraparound bridges I'm familiar with have grub screws for fore-and-aft fine-tuning that stop tailpieces lack.

    I've learned recently that this is a surprisingly deep topic!
     
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    I think that's the worrying part done :)

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    Yes it seems you're right, as I'm discovering now. Still all part of an educational wobbly thing :) I think if I plug it about half the plug would be visible but hopefully I can cut a shallow square out and put it a thin square of sapele to match, shouldn't be noticed there. Thanks for the help.
     
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    This is my LPJ, with Wilkinson wrap around bridge parallel to the pickup. It came with a lightning version but I feel the Wilkinson sits a little bit better on the posts and has a bit more mass. Both bridges intonate v well.

    I wish I had your woodworking abilities and I'd build my own too. Good luck with the adjustments.

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    Apologies if I'm missing something obvious - but why not just get a different bridge and keep the guitar body looking nice?

    If the posts are located correctly there are quite a few choices.
     
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    That's the thing ...
     
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