Which Bridge System Is On Your Gibson Guitar?

Nashville

All Gibson guitars with separate bridge & tailpiece, starting circa 1974. Still in use on many Gibson USA guitars, i.e. 2020 Flying V,  Explorer, Firebird.

Smooth Post Tops, Flush with Bridge
Thumb Wheels and Post are One Unit
Metal Bushing Mounted in Body
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ABR-1

Used on vintage Gibson guitars from 1957 through 1974, Historic/Custom Shop, various “Reissues”, 1990-2003 Les Paul Classic.

Rough Post Tops
Thumb Wheels Rotate On Posts
Post Installed Directly in Body
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USA/ABR-1

2017 and later Les Paul Traditional, some 2017-2019 LP Standard & Classic, 2020 “The Original Collection” Les Paul Standards, SG Standard ’61 & ES-335/345.

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Wraparound

All Gibson guitars with wraparound (“Wrap Tail”) bridges, since 1954. 

Strings Wrap Over Bridge
Bridge & Tailpiece One Unit
Bridge Mounts on Typical Tailpiece Studs
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