The Archtop Thread

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by GibSG, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. JRapp

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    Went to the local Mom and Pop and saw a Loar 175 copy sitting in the corner. All messed up, filthy, dead strings. Took it home, cleaned it up, put some .050-.012 and a McKerrihan wood bridge on it, and it plays and sounds like a champ. Not bad...
     
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    Nice, but...well, you know...pics or it didn't happen and all that...
     
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    1943 Epiphone Triumph. This is a carved top guitar. Sometimes I think this is the best guitar I own, other times I am "meh". Don't know why. The original bridge is in the case, this is a replacement bridge I had made to fit the top which has changed shape over the years. I didn't want to shave the original bridge because it has the guitar serial number stamped on the bottom which I think is super cool.

    Second guitar is a 1953 Gibson ES-295. So much wrong with this guitar but I still love it. This was the first "real" guitar I bought. It sounds great, the neck is great and the vibe is awesome. I don't care that the Bigsby is not original and not gold. I love it.


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  4. JRapp

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    I didn't think to do before/after shots. But you're right...it didn't happen. This is somebody else's guitar...tortoise shell pickguard is next, I think. [​IMG]
     
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  5. JRapp

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    Just resurrected a late 40s Epi Century, pickup was gone, other assorted problems. Installed a P90 dogear and some new controls, made a pickguard. It's similar to an ES150 but a 25" scale. Sounds pretty good...I may put a CC pickup in it one of these days.
     
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    Here is my Arch Top Squire X155 2001.jpg
     
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    That sounds nice. Have pictures?
     
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    I don't have a pic, but this is an example of a '46-'49 Century...[​IMG]
    I got this one for free because some lunatic had installed EMGs and some wacky circuitry in it (?????). Glen McKerrihan patched it all up very nicely and we shot it in piano black. It's clanky sounding like most Epis but the walnut construction mellows it out a bit. It has a really nice Braz rosewood board and original frets in great shape. Sounds great for swing/blues but it's not a modern legit jazz tone. Cheers!
     
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    Wow. Funky-cool!
     
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    I bought this Japanese unidentified weird archtop that I paid $50 for. I changed the bridge for a roller bridge, changed the tailpiece and replaced the pickups for Seymour Duncan Dyna Sonic pickups. Sounds and plays wonderfully. IMG_0106.jpg
     
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    IMG_0202.jpg This is the only picture I have of my Epiphone 335 pro and of course my guitar player is making it sound great!!
     
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    MY goodness.... that L5
     
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    Archtops are my favorite and main guitars. Here's my Trenier Customer RW and its partner in a crime a Benedetto Bravo. One carved, one laminate, and love them both

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    And here's my 1935 Gibson L-50. Sounds like a dream, but unfortunately I am needing to sell it if anyone is interested:
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    I have sinned... again :cool:

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    Mid 1930s Gretsch Acoustic Archtop. Not sure of the model number. Beat to hell by previous owner who kept it on a shelf in an unfinished basement for years. Still sounds great though.

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    Nice. I like that. What kind of voice does it have?
     
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    Woody, warm and cutting. This thing is loud! But then, it was meant to be. I believe it is a model 25. Serial #936. Gretsch did sequential serial numbering up to WWll. The serial number, being less than 5 digits puts it pre-1940.
     
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    Wow. Nice! Enjoy!
     
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    Does that guitar player like some Peavey guitars?
    He looks familiar.
     
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    He plays everything but I've never seen him play a peavey. He loves his 5150 though.
     
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