1 JimmyR 1 year ago Now that I've played my Gibson ES 225 RI for a while (a lot!) I have come to really appreciate the Bail tailpiece/bridge. It's an unusual solution, but one which actually works surprisingly well.The first thing which struck me when I got the guitar and restrung it with my regular Ernie Ball 10-52 was that I had lots of string left over at the machine head. I'm used to restringing Bigsby equipped semis and hollow body guitars, so generally there is not much string to cut off at the machine head. Even the trapeze tailpiece leaves very little string. This made me realise that it really is a wrap-around bridge, not too far away from the bridge on my old '54 RI Les Paul.Being a wrap-around means there is plenty of down-force on the bridge. And no excess string to vibrate behind the bridge. There is no rattle, no weird overtones, twitchy tuning. In fact this guitar stays in tune probably better than any guitar I have ever had. It's remarkable!But the thing I really didn't expect was the sustain. This guitar sustains like a Les Paul! Crazy. Being a completely hollow guitar with no soundpost, trestle bracing or whatever, it still has that lovely thumpy attack to the note, but then it hangs around for a very long time, allowing you to milk it however you want. I was expecting more of the hollow body guitar quick decay.The other crazy aspect is that I still haven't intonated it. Every string plays slightly flat at the 12th fret, but it sounds in tune. I suspect that will change when I start using it with a band, but for now it's not worth addressing.I really thought I would have put the Bigsby on by now. But this Bale tailpiece/bridge is amazing.