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Been pondering over my next build, the Mojo mark 2, mahogany solid body s/c, thin maple figured cap.

What would be the merits of a stoptail bridge over a tunomatic with string-thru ferrules like my earlier mojo?

Are the stoptail bridges more suited to the neck of a bolt-on where neck angle is not an issue?

This will also be a bolt-on neck. I have a prs Custom 24 fixed neck with stoptail bridge and I have an older PRS EG IV with same bridge and a bolt-on neck. Both work well and sound very different, although this is heavily influenced also by the difference in the woods and the pickups used.

If I'm sticjking with a bolt-on neck, would I be better to use a stoptail and keep all the angles low, or go for another tunomatic and shim up or cut the neck pocket for strings further from the body?

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Been pondering over my next build, the Mojo mark 2, mahogany solid body s/c, thin maple figured cap.

What would be the merits of a stoptail bridge over a tunomatic with string-thru ferrules like my earlier mojo?

Are the stoptail bridges more suited to the neck of a bolt-on where neck angle is not an issue?

This will also be a bolt-on neck. I have a prs Custom 24 fixed neck with stoptail bridge and I have an older PRS EG IV with same bridge and a bolt-on neck. Both work well and sound very different, although this is heavily influenced also by the difference in the woods and the pickups used.

If I'm sticjking with a bolt-on neck, would I be better to use a stoptail and keep all the angles low, or go for another tunomatic and shim up or cut the neck pocket for strings further from the body?

Doesn't really make a difference. You can work the neck angle into a bolt on.

I prefer tune-o-matic that's recessed with string through. I think they look better and you won't need a neck angle at all.

In saying, I'm planning on build an explorer with a wraparound... so I'll most probably need a neck angle; not sure since I haven't drawn in out yet.

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I'll probably end up with some GFS hot wound black hex humbuckers like the first mojo build. I like the idea of a recessed tunomatic, as long as I can get to the intonation screws ok. The string-thru (IMHO) really suit the look of this guitar - thanks for the advice and info.

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