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Old December 22nd, 2013, 07:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Second build - birthday gift

Today it is my brothers birthday, so I can finally show what I have been building since the challenge build.

He has an old Johnny Guitar SG made by Teisco around 1968. That SG is getting close of a complete restoration. So that SG was the inspiration point for this one.

The specs are:
1 Lipstick single coil pickup + 1 dual Humbucker + 1 single coil neck. All Alnico.
The body is made out of a single piece mahogany with a flamed maple top. My brother always wanted a Bigsby, so that was a no brainer. The neck is made out of mahogany window frames with birds eye maple veneer in between. The fingerboard is out of birds eye maple. My brother also always like gold electronics, so thats what I got him :)

We do need a little bit of HELP. The saddle kept touching the strings so they broke. I files a little bit down, but it still breaks 2 of thestrings, but this time from the Floyd Rose knot. What am I doing wrong?

The first picture is the Johnny Guitar.
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 07:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Close up pics of the 2 places it breaks the strings + my brother when he got it

It is the D and high E string that keeps breaking
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I think I found out what the problem is. 2 problems actually. I needed a roller and the 2 screws holding the Floyd Rose saddle in place were apparently too big. They were touching the strings. I just put 2 smaller screws in place but I am looking for a new Les Paul thing before trying it again.
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A test video. My brother loves it, and after figuring out the bridge issue, it works great. The amp is a small 10watt Peavey amp but it was all we had at our parents house :)

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Nice job and a nice gift!
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Very nice ! Do you have any plans for the old pickups from the Johnny Guitar?
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Close up pics of the 2 places it breaks the strings + my brother when he got it

It is the D and high E string that keeps breaking
Nice work the second guitar remindes me of a burns bison
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Close up pics of the 2 places it breaks the strings + my brother when he got it It is the D and high E string that keeps breaking
I'm thinking the angle of the strings coming off the bridge and going under the bigsby might be to much. You could try raising the bigsby or moving it away from the bridge. You could also try straightening the line of the string coming over the bridge and on to the bigsby.
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Very nice ! Do you have any plans for the old pickups from the Johnny Guitar?
Well the Johnny Guitar is still original, and at some point it will be restored. So the pickups are not going anywhere :) They are sweet though :) Original Teisco Gold

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Had to google it, and you are right. Very similar

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I'm thinking the angle of the strings coming off the bridge and going under the bigsby might be to much. You could try raising the bigsby or moving it away from the bridge. You could also try straightening the line of the string coming over the bridge and on to the bigsby.
Actually it was the bridge itself that was the problem. I needed a bridge with rollers. The angle was a bit high, but when the bridge was changed to a roller one, it stopped breaking from there. Then they broke from the Floyd nut. The screws were touching the strings there. The screws were change to some smaller ones, and that solved it.
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