Epi Les Paul owners - Do you upgrade your bridge & tail piece?

Daniel Desmarais

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Simple question, do you keep your Epi Les Pauls stock or so you upgrade the bridge & tail piece? If so, to what?
 

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I keep them stock until they collapse or the parts get a bit too loose/fail or saddles get burred. As replacements, I've used everything from tonepros, gotoh, graphtech and wilkinson roller bridges. Just depends on what and from whom I'm ordering at the time.
 

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It’s the only thing besides the pick guard that I haven’t replaced lol. They work, so no need to fiddle with it
 

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Interestingly the TOM on my Casino was rattle city. The same TOM on both of my Les Pauls works fine.

I have been curious if changing to a lighter tailpiece makes any positive difference in tone or sustain. I notice the Gibson tailpiece and sometimes bridge tend to be aluminum and much lighter than the epiphone ones.
 

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The rest didn't work ?

Threads like this make me feel so lucky. Apart for strings about once a year, nothing ever fails on my Epiphone guitars :rofl:

Fair point lol. Tuners were swapped because I wanted a mid-50’s style tulip tuner. I’m on my second set of pickups in it because I can’t stop fiddling, although the Wizz that are currently in it will never leave. Nut was swapped because it broke when I tried a set of 10-52 strings without filing the slots (didn’t like them anyway). I installed CTS 500k pots/.022/.015 electronics because I didn’t care for the coil splits. The pick guard had my signature laser engraved into it as a high school project. I think the gold bell knobs weren’t factory either, but I can remember for sure. The thumb cutters I definitely put on though lol. Even the jack plate and toggle washer have been changed out for gold one because I was on a Randy Rhoads kick, and needed to replace the broken jack plate lol. Oh, and it has Grover strap locks too. :rofl:
 

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I was saying nothing fails, but I did replace some things. Like the Tyson Tone Precious and Grace set of PAF humbuckers I won. I could not not use them eh ? Tried them in the SG, way too bright, so they ended up in my LP Ultra. The SG got Probuckers (the real ones, just out of a friend's guitar.) that I got for a song. I also changed tuners for green tulips, but I'll go back to the original Grovers that worked better.
 

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Mine's an SG, and I've replaced both. Tailpiece only because it looked cool, bridge was a rattle trap and I was going to go Bigsby / roller on that guitar. Took off the Bigsby kept the rollers.
Basically did the same with the Jag, only the Bigsby has stayed so far.

So far, I'm digging the TonePros rollers. The SG is noticeably improved feel wise from the generic roller bridge I had on it, but that can be largely chalked up to the TonePros having the correct 12" radius as opposed to the generic's 14". The generic radius wasn't horrible, (I kept it on there for years) it just wasn't "right".
 
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Not an LP, but the same bridge on the Sheraton, and I replaced mine as it was rattly. It was the wire rather than the saddles, and could be temporarily fixed by pushing the wire down to shape it in between the screws but I got fed up doing it and got a Tone Pros.
 
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I changed the bridge and tailpiece on my Epiphone Les Paul (2001 Korean made). It made a small, but noticeable change in what I would call definition or clarity. It was a lot easier to intonate, as the bridge saddles had a lot longer slot to travel in, and the Tone Pros are locked in, so they are less fiddly when changing strings

Later, I changed the tuners to the Hipshot 3X3 locking tuners with UMP. I bought the guitar used, and the previous owner had mangled one of the tuners (bent tuner shaft), and the remaining 5 tuners were very stiff, which no amount of screw adjustment or lubrication could fix. The Hipshots have worked out well, and they are very smooth, partially because they are new (with new lubricant) and partially because of the 18:1 tuner ratio. The fact that they are locking tuners helps mitigate the need to twist the knob a million turns to get the guitar tuned up when changing strings over, but they are very easy to get the tuning bang on with.
 

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Later, I changed the tuners to the Hipshot 3X3 locking tuners with UMP. I bought the guitar used, and the previous owner had mangled one of the tuners (bent tuner shaft), and the remaining 5 tuners were very stiff, which no amount of screw adjustment or lubrication could fix. The Hipshots have worked out well, and they are very smooth, partially because they are new (with new lubricant) and partially because of the 18:1 tuner ratio. The fact that they are locking tuners helps mitigate the need to twist the knob a million turns to get the guitar tuned up when changing strings over, but they are very easy to get the tuning bang on with.
I had the same issue with tuners - not only was it broken by the previous owner, but the screw holding in the tuner had rusted so ended up breaking flush with the peghead. Those UMPs are really helpful in these situations.
 

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the bridge and tailpiece i don't change as long there is nothing wrong with it. I did change the tuners on my 59. One of the plastic crown tips got very loose around the shaft. Not yet free spinning but it wasn't far off.
I put on a set of Grovers i had laying around.
 


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