Display as a link instead, × The Fender US Standard bridges can be top load or string through. I'd bet Cobalt's social security check this topic could easily be as volatile as a debate on tone woods. 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). You can post now and register later. Getting close to decision time on mounting a bridge for my new tele. What I noticed when I did string thru on my '51 is that the body vibrated more...versus hearing saddles rattling. 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. Thanks very much!! An example of this on the low-cost end of things is the Squier Bullet Telecaster vs. Squier Affinity Telecaster. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. More sustain or a quicker string change? Is one inherently better than the other? Join Date: Aug 2013. Flip it inside out and it's good for a second use! Page chose to use it as a top load. As for all of it, YMMV. Apr 10, … © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. I string though, because that's how it's done. I like the way you think. Top loading makes for quicker string changes but doesn't give very much down force as the string crosses over the saddle. Joined: Mar 29, 2007 Location: Baton Rouge, La. That is open for debate; in fact, that’s where much of that controversy between string-through and top-load arises from. 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. That extra down force on the saddles can't be a bad thing. You're talking about guitar strings, right? Age: 61 3,513. I have an ASAT that's a top-loader and it sounds good. User Name: Remember Me? What do you want? I used to have a 72 Thinline RI where the ferrules would fall out. I would love to see a string through hardtail bridge with thumbscrew fine tuners designed to work with a locking nut. Ahnlaashock, Mar 16, 2016. Clear editor.   Your link has been automatically embedded. But the top-load does give a softer feel, so if a slinkier feel wins over sustain, then go top-loader. Putting that aside, the concept of added energy transfer seems pretty intuitive. If you're playing in standard tuning a top load will be fine. Location: Midwest, USA. 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. After Ronald R. took half of my SS check and I pay for medicare you guys picked the right check for this bet. Powered by Invision Community. 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? You'll get plenty of energy into the wood, unless it's mounted incorrectly. Messages 338. Yep. Senior Member . © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. The guitar is all walnut and will have Fender original vintage tele pups, if that matters. Posts: 6,231 Top Load vs String Through? Reuse strings? Besides, that's what feedback is for, right? The Wilkinson bridge allows top load as well as string through. string through IMO, as the Tele is usually quite light and needs all the help with sustain it can get. Top loader is just so simple, I like simple. My tele knowledge is limited. Jim Campilongo doesn't seem to have any problems with top-loader Teles.