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  1. jayyj

    NGD: Pre-CBS Fender Musicmaster Partscaster (partly made from vintage parts)

    The option for a 24" scale came late in 1964, at the same time the bodies were changed to what we now think of as the Mustang shape.
  2. jayyj

    NGD: Pre-CBS Fender Musicmaster Partscaster (partly made from vintage parts)

    Excellent, well done and looks great! I love these super short scale Fenders, they're very pretty guitars and they have their own sound. I did a similar project about ten years ago that somehow accidentally end up being two guitars! I bought a player grade late 50s Duo Sonic that was dirt cheap...
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    Share Your ES335

    The Crest is a wonderful guitar. It's extremely bright sounding for what's supposed to be a jazz guitar, although you can get a credible jazzy tone from the neck pickup with the tone down to about a third. What it really excels at is punchy Americana sort of sounds, kind of into Filtertron...
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    Share Your ES335

    I've always really liked that model - I played a great one just before all the chaos of Covid that I slightly regret not buying, lovely to play and I liked the ergonomics of the jazz box depth with a 335 neck access.
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    Share Your ES335

    335s are about my favourite things on the planet (aside from a few humans and animals, I guess) and I've built up a little family of them over the last 25 years. My '79 ES355, my first proper guitar bought when I was 18 in the mid 90s when brown 70s Gibsons were bottom of the secondhand barrel...
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    '58 ES-175...need guidance

    I think the 175 tailpiece would be an easy fix - it just needs one straight-line cut, the corners rounding off and a hole drilling. You could either do it with a nickel one and plate it after or go straight to gold and touch up with a gold paint pen (given where it is you'll barely ever see that...
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    '58 ES-175...need guidance

    No, Gibson don't have the greatest rep for vintage repairs. You'd have more luck with somewhere like Gryphon in Palo Alto for vintage stuff. I think the Crest tailpiece is exactly as you describe, an ES175 tailpiece cut off after the uppermost screw holes with just enough left over to add a...
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    Throwing two neck humbuckers in HH guitar. (Need some help!)

    It doesn't much matter. Typically the reason manufactures specify bridge and neck is the bridge is wound a little hotter to even a more even balance between the two but it's a relatively recent concept - on any vintage guitar I can think of they just made one type for the two positions. The pole...
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    '58 ES-175...need guidance

    I put a second strap button on my '69 Gibson Crest the day I bought it. On this guitar, where the tuners have already been changed so it's no longer all original anyway, adding a strap button will not have any effect on value or desirability should you sell it in the future. The usual spot...
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    Gibson finish cracking

    The long vertical lines seem to start in earnest in the 60s, although they can check either way in that era. This is a '69 with typical long vertical checks: And a '65 with more classic checking but still vertical: Something definitely changed in the lacquer around '66, and it's common to...
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    Gibson finish cracking

    Guys, modern Gibson lacquer does not check like 1950/60s lacquer, it's a very different finish to the stuff they used back then. If you're thinking of the delicate spider webbing you see on vintage guitars as typical checking, you're very unlikely to see it on a modern one.
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    Gibson finish cracking

    I think really the two issues need to be taken separately. The tuning issue sounds like it's probably a set up issue. With a wrap tail the nut slots are the main point of contact where the tuning can go awry. I'd be inclined, especially since you logged the complaint with the dealer early on...
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    What are current Epiphone Casinos like?

    I'm a big 330/Casino fan. I currently have '65 and '69 330s, and I used to have a Tereda made Casino from the mid 90s. The modern standard series one are a bit rough around the edges in terms of fit and finish and having grown up on the Peerless and Unsung made Korean models of the late 90s...
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    Let’s See What Gear Santa Brought You!

    Well, this year was the year my family twigged that my weekend availability suspiciously coincided with whether there was any Formula 1 happening, so hey, no guitars under the tree but I do have pile of books about cars and a Lewis Hamilton mug to drink out of whilst playing my existing guitars...
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    New Epiphone ES335 Top Veneer thickness

    I can't remember off the top of my head how the modern are made but vintage 335s are four ply maple. The earliest ones used four thin pieces but these often cracked at the jack socket so they were soonq beefed up with the middle two being thicker then the outer two thin. Sanding through the top...
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    New Epiphone ES335 Top Veneer thickness

    I agree with the above, the odds on it working well are not great. The ES330 in my avatar is a refinished one where I had the refin redone from a cherry red - originally we were going to go blonde or Argentine grey (a type of sunburst) but the refinisher, who is one of the best in the business...
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    New Epiphone ES335 Top Veneer thickness

    There's a lot of hocus pocus with 335 tops and Gibson themselves don't seem to know how they made them early on (there is somewhere in the bowels of TDPRI an amazing thread in which Gil Yaron do as deep dive and uncover exactly how they were made), But traditionally they were four ply maple, in...
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    Gibson BR3: Anybody into vintage lapsteels?

    Good work! Hard to go wrong with them and they're a lot of fun.
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    Gibson BR3: Anybody into vintage lapsteels?

    Definitely, yes! It's about what I paid but that was going on fifteen years ago, they're usually quite a bit more nowadays.
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    Gibson BR3: Anybody into vintage lapsteels?

    I have a BR-4 which is basically the same guitar with body binding. They're good steels, very well made, the pickups can be a bit noisy but they sound good. The fingerboard is very hard to see on a dark stage, as I once found out to my cost! The nice thing with vintage lap steels is there not...
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    Kind of a weird discovery about my Elitist Casino

    The correct vintage spec for Casinos and ES330s was for the body to join the neck at the 16th fret until the end of 1967, then they were changed to the 335 style 19 fret neck join. When Gibson started to make Japanese reissues they reverted to the 16 fret join, but the original factory went out...
  22. jayyj

    Best sounding Acoustic/Electric?

    I really like Rickenbackers unplugged! I love that you can still here that inherent Ric sound from them. I've never wanted to mic one up though. I have tried a mic on a 335 a few times, they can sound ok with a pencil condenser pointed straight at the F hole. If we're talking full on electrics...
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    The Beatles: Instruments, Amps and Equipment Used 1962 - 1970

    Both John and George got sonic blue Strats around 1965 - I think they both got repainted or stripped, George's being the basis for the famous 'Rocky' Strat with the psychedelic paint.
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    "Goose" Electric Ukulele in the style of an ES-335

    Beautiful! Really nice work and I love the colour scheme!




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