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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by akuster777, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Your Gretsch LOOKS amazing. I love how Gretsch does white. Now I want a Falcon, dang...

    I'm still using the stock rocking bar bridge on mine. Everyone says Compton or Tru Arc, but so far I don't see the need. I guess I'm missing out...

    Speaking of bone nut, I've just been considering whether I want to try and replace my zero fret with a regular nut. Possible, but I'll need to cut the ebony board perfectly, at just the right distance from the first fret. The problem I'm having is that fret wire (even stainless) wears much faster than bone, and even a tiny bit of wear creates burrs that buzz the strings.

    The good part, of course, is that the guitar smoothly returns to pitch with normal Bigsby use.



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  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Same...
     

  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    When I get back home I’ll post my Gretsch Electrocoustimatic.
     
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  4. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    I thought the Gretsch White Falcon's looked great til I saw the Black Falcon.
     

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  5. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    395
    Dec 12, 2006
    Singapore
    Here's mine, an Eastman AR371CE-2 with the following mods:

    Kluson Vintage tulip head tuners
    Plain unbleached bone nut
    Lindy Fralin Twangmasters 7800 (neck) and 8600 (bridge) which are the lowest wind possible for this model
    Compton Solid Brass bridge
    Bigsby B11 Vibrato

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    Strung up with 11s now. Very big, airy sound with loads of bottom end punch and top end snap and pop. Delish.
     

  6. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Meister

    399
    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    I am in

    I had this... an Ibanez Pat Metheny

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    And now she has grown some stickers and a bridge P-90

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    Now I'm saving for Bigsby B-6
     

  7. sjhusting

    sjhusting Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 8, 2003
    Germany
    Here's mine. This left the factory in 1958 as an ES-125T. By the time I bought it, ten years ago, the following had been done to it:

    - A cutaway had been added
    - A huge access hatch was cut in the back
    - Tuners were swapped out for Schaller ST6K (a long time ago, as a couple were shot)
    - A Bigsby was added. Then removed.
    - A little inlay was added to the peghead. I'm not sure what it is; either a crying clown or a crying moon.
    - The wooden bridge was replaced with a ToM with nylon saddles. The base was glued to the top. And screwed, just in case the glue came loose.
    - The P90 was replaced with an EMG Select humbucker, and a coil-split switch added near the volume control
    - The hole for the output jack was plugged, and a new one drilled a bit south of it.
    - a large hole in the heel was plugged.

    When I got it, it was in sorry shape. Filthy. The original pots were beyond saving, as was the jack. Most of the tuners were complete, and some still worked.
    I cleaned it up, replaced the pots and jack, and put a modern Gibson P90 back in. Replaced the replacement tuners. Once I did all that, it played very well, and sounded very good. The neck joint seems to be stable. This worried me, as whoever added the cutaway was not a professional, judging by the binding and the finish. The neck joint is a weak spot on a real TDC, and who knows what went on here.

    Eventually I decided it had no collector value anyway, and had a local shop cut out a hole for a bridge pickup. The huge hatch in the back made this much easier for him. I put another P90 in it, and used the old coil tap switch hole for the selector. With two pickups, it became a very versatile guitar, one of my favorites. It covers pretty much everything this side of death metal and does a good job of it. I didn't want to mess up the old tortoise pickguard so I cut a new black one. Eventually I will cut a tortoise for it.

    She's a beautiful guitar. She's also kind of delicate, so I bought a Chinese Casino for when I don't want to take this one out. Stock, the Casino is ok, at best. After I replaced everything except the tailpiece it comes close enough to the ES to be usable. I won't bother posting a picture of that. The key there is good vintage output pickups. I put Fralins in it. Great pickups.

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  8. sjhusting

    sjhusting Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 8, 2003
    Germany

    Roman, what's your opinion of the Loar as an acoustic archtop? I've been looking for something inexpensive to grind out 4-to-a-bar 7th chords, with an old sound, and Loar is pretty much it; every other acoustic archtop sold today has a more modern sound. I've heard the QC can be pretty spotty, and the neck angle especially is a problem.

    steven
     

  9. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    The Loar sounds great unplugged, very loud, and much more brilliant than eg. a Godin 5th Avenue - not as cardboard box-like as many other budget archtops.
    I didn't notice any finish flaws on mine, but then, I'm not a stickler for details.
    Don't know anything about neck angle problems? The strings do not sit as high above the body as on more modern archtops - maybe that's what people are complaining about? But that's period correct for pre-1930s archtops, and that's what the Loar is modelled on.
    Oh, and for reference, I also tried some of these recent Epiphone Masterbilt archtops - and while these have some nice optical details, they feel much cheaper than the Loar - and sound A LOT worse...
     

  10. sjhusting

    sjhusting Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 8, 2003
    Germany
    Thx, I'll look for one to try. I suppose you bought yours at T. I'm not a stickler either, except that I want a stable neck. It's going to get bashed up eventually anyway, so finish flaws are just a head start.
    steven
     

  11. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    That neck is both thick and wide (with a soft V shape) - I doubt it will give you any problems...
    And yeah, bought mine at the big T, it was actually a B-stock, paid like 350€.
     

  12. Pete Baker

    Pete Baker Tele-Meister

    Age:
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    189
    Aug 16, 2006
    Maryland
    My Epiphone Broadway that I put Seymour Duncan P 90's in back in 1999. The humbuckers were ok, but I really live in single coil land. video pics 018.JPG
     
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  13. srolfeca

    srolfeca Tele-Meister

    I hate working on Hollowbodies.

    Fishing wires through F holes is not my idea of fun, which is probably why this is the only modded one I ever built...

    Ibanez Artcore Talman.

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    I liked the compact body shape, and the fat C-shaped neck. Fretwork was perfect. My only beefs were the cheap pot metal bridge, and the rather nasal-sounding bridge pickup.

    Oh, and I was just coming off a fairly heated relationship with a Parker Nightly, so it had to have piezos on a stereo output jack...

    Dropped a pair of Duncans into it ('59 at the neck, JB at the bridge). Swapped the bridge out for a GraphTech Ghost piezo TOM bridge and preamp. If you look closely at the photo below, you can see the wires sneaking into the bridge pickup cavity.

    Changed the controls around- Volume/tone and pickup selector for the magnetic pickups, On/off and a volume for the Piezo bridge.

    Lovely-sounding guitar for jazz and blended electric-acoustic stuff. Sold it at a huge loss, to a student friend who had far more talent than I.

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    FYI, one of my favourite features on the Talman, is the small rear access panel, right under the controls.

    Wouldn't have even considered such a complex electronics package if it hadn't had that little hatch...
     
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  14. SUPROficial

    SUPROficial TDPRI Member

    40
    Jul 15, 2009
    canada
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    2003 Epiphone Zephyr Blues Deluxe. I changed the nut, bridge, tailpiece, wiring harness, and pickups.
    Originally the middle pickup was out of phase with the other two, now it's the bridge pickup.
     

  15. akuster777

    akuster777 TDPRI Member

    34
    Jun 20, 2017
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    @drlucky @El Marin @sjhusting I had enough anxiety just drilling a new hole for my bridge volume pot. I'm trying to imagine the sheer horror of cutting a hole into the top of an archtop for a new pickup!

    @Zepfan @jayyj love all the quirky switches!

    Reading this thread is like strolling through a natural history museum and entering a room with creatures from some ancient epoch when mother nature was still experimenting like a mad scientist....
     
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  16. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Meister

    399
    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    No hole needed in mine... Just a drill for the cable. Dog ear is rised enough and I chopped the poles to measure. Just the passing cable drill and the P90 mounting ring screws.

    Well... and the selector, of course.

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  17. Beachbum

    Beachbum Friend of Leo's

    Mar 11, 2009
    Sand Land
    I've done quite a few mods to my solid guitars but I've only done a few to my hollow bodies. I've never been a fan of the Gretsch silver colored pick guards so I had a black one with matching rings made for my T-Rose.

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    I broke a tone pot on my Yamaha SA 2200 when trying to remove a knob. This guitar has always been a little to bright for my taste so I did some research and found out that Yamaha has currently changed over from push/push 350K pots to push/pull 250K pots so I followed suit. Seems to have mellowed things down a bit. I also installed a black Gotoh tail piece since the gold plate on the original wore off in fairly short order.

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  18. sjhusting

    sjhusting Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 8, 2003
    Germany
    I paid a professional to cut the hole. Didn’t cost much (about $50), and he did first-class work. I do a lot of my own work, but I know when it’s time to let a pro do it.
     
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  19. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Meister

    399
    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    I can talk about it as I had one. I absolutely regret selling her. Nice guitar, really loud and nice chunky V neck. No flaws in mine. Only a quite high and sharp cornered bone nut. Once the nut is setted to a comfortable high and the bridge base is adjusted to fit the top curve ( it doesn't comes bad but needs some fine tweeking) you have a really nice guitar. A keeper. Or a donor for utter mods.
    The guitar had two faces, sweet when playing smooth and loud and percusive when hitting really hasd

    For the money I SOLD HER I should have kept her. Really missed that guitar. Even contacted the buyer in order to rebuy it but he refused to sell
     
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  20. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
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