I prefer top-loading because it's easier to reuse strings that have been toploaded. If you're playing in standard tuning a top load will be fine. Ahnlaashock, Mar 16, 2016 #15. I would love to see a string through hardtail bridge with thumbscrew fine tuners designed to work with a locking nut.   Your link has been automatically embedded. User Name: Remember Me? Reactions: Gig Young. String-through is nice eye-candy (when it's done right), but it has a set of problems without any objectively verifiable … Age: 61 3,513. × Reason is that the longer wire is closer to it's breakage point than the shorter one at the same tension and pitch, on the same scale. Top Loader Vs. I like the way you think. I truly believe string thru is the way to go. Top Load Or String Through? Posts: 6,231 Top Load vs String Through? Same guitar shape, same number of frets, same neck material, same scale length, same single string tree holding down the B and high E, same string saddle type. Is one inherently better than the other? I've read the string tension seems lower on a top loader. Any real advantage? What do you want? An example of this on the low-cost end of things is the Squier Bullet Telecaster vs. Squier Affinity Telecaster. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. You can post now and register later. Ahnlaashock, Mar 16, 2016. Jim Campilongo doesn't seem to have any problems with top-loader Teles. Powered by Invision Community. Joined: Mar 29, 2007 Location: Baton Rouge, La. Putting that aside, the concept of added energy transfer seems pretty intuitive. Posts: 3. Elias Graves, January 18, 2012 in Electric Guitars. Messages 338.   You cannot paste images directly. Oinkus Member. × I always thought that the six extra holes drilled through the body is where all teh toanz leaked out through the super Thin Skin nitro finish? first 3 tops/last 3 bottoms. Display as a link instead, × You should post more often. I have compared it and came to the conclusion that the biggest difference is in feel, and transient response when you play hard. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. Mar 29, 2007 #1. I favor top loading it - after I assumed string through was what I'd have favored. Top Load vs String Through? Apr 10, … Regarding (perceived) string tension, I'd say if anything that the extra string material between the saddle and ferrule would provide more "stretchable" potential (i.e softer feel). As far as two like-to-like guitars are concerned, this is as c… THIS is Jim Campilongo PLAYING his top-loader tele... why not do halfsies? If it were, I suspect Les Paul's wouldn't have the stop bar tailpiece and be strung through the body instead. Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible. String through is my preference but honestly I'm not so sure the amount of sustain is noticeably different. More to the point, it was an oddball configuration that could be used as either a top loader or a string through, and Mr. Mar 31, 2015 Monroe WA. Clear editor. The Fender US Standard bridges can be top load or string through. I vote top-loader. String Through Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by 18Watts My A_ _, Mar 29, 2007. Is this "something" or not really much to think about? ...top load guitars are easier to play compared to string-thru. Reactions: Bassopotamus, Gig Young and mikealpine. True? 85.   Your previous content has been restored. Password: Register: FAQ: Mark Forums Read Thread Tools: Display Modes: 10-30-2020, 11:23 PM #1: littlebadboy. I used to have a 72 Thinline RI where the ferrules would fall out. I string though, because that's how it's done. I'd bet Cobalt's social security check this topic could easily be as volatile as a debate on tone woods. Location: Midwest, USA. My tele knowledge is limited. Any real advantage? Apr 10, 2020 #2 FYI You can find a nice used G&L Legacy hardtail for about the same as a Cray. I'd like opinions. Silver Supporting Member. I doubt it really matters, but I like string-through just 'cuz. That is open for debate; in fact, that’s where much of that controversy between string-through and top-load arises from. String Through vs Top Load Discussion in 'V.C. Short of that, buying a guitar, I prefer string through to top loader, but I own several top loaders. I'm all for that. As for all of it, YMMV. I doubt the tone will change much though I would expect like 1% more sustain going through the body and I'd expect the strings will be about 5% easier to bend if you don't go through the body. Is one inherently better than the other? I don't hear any dramatic difference. That's like reusing a condom - yuck! I Gotta Know! Strung-through-body instruments have essentially an entrapped afterlength – or at least a super-short afterlength, if you assume the string is terminated when it enters the body as it passes through the bridge. That's a very good point, but there is a slight difference in sustain when LP users wrap their strings over the top of the stop bar instead of the Factory way. Some will tell you it makes no difference. So what are you thoughts on top-load vs. string-through? That's pretty much my feeling as well. The Wilkinson bridge allows top load as well as string through. You'll get plenty of energy into the wood, unless it's mounted incorrectly. string through IMO, as the Tele is usually quite light and needs all the help with sustain it can get. Getting close to decision time on mounting a bridge for my new tele. If I were building a tele from scratch, I'd drill the holes and install the ferrules. Flip it inside out and it's good for a second use! Messages 4,639. More sustain or a quicker string change? Page chose to use it as a top load. 's Parlor' started by Steve NB, Feb 13, 2018. I was scared I might break a string during a gig and lose a ferrule so I'd stick a strip of duct tape on top of them. If it seems that the overall consensus in the guitar world is that string through is better than top load, then are all Les Pauls and all the other guitars with tune-o-matic bridges inferior? Yep. Being walnut, I have plenty of mass and my archtops sustain plenty for me. My preference for feel and tone is actually top load, for everything except a low B. I string my low B through the body. Heck, they both even have the same "wing" string tree style, meaning the headstock side break angle is also the same. Senior Member . I have an ASAT that's a top-loader and it sounds good. The last word on the bridge subject is that string through produces superior tone, but top load sounds much better. 18Watts My A_ _ TDPRI Member. Top loading makes for quicker string changes but doesn't give very much down force as the string crosses over the saddle. Upload or insert images from URL. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Steve NB Squier Talker. hanknc. The guitar is all walnut and will have Fender original vintage tele pups, if that matters. Join Date: Aug 2013. The Wilkinson bridge allows top load as well as string through. Reuse strings? I would personally prefer string through the body. But the top-load does give a softer feel, so if a slinkier feel wins over sustain, then go top-loader. Paste as plain text instead, × Thanks very much!! After Ronald R. took half of my SS check and I pay for medicare you guys picked the right check for this bet.