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  1. In Topic:Replacement Tuner Reviews

    16 May 2017 - 09:37 AM

    I forgot to add prices, but the prices aren't that relevant anyway. There is no more than about $20 price difference among these tuners. Compared to what we spend for a Gibson, that's nothing!
  2. In Topic:Hardware for '61 Reissue SG

    09 May 2017 - 06:14 PM

    This is a follow up to my earlier review. I ended up going back to the zinc tailpiece for the SG, although I kept the steel studs and the ABR-1 bridge with brass saddles.

    The clean tone of the SG is much better with the aluminum tailpiece. That little change helps turn the guitar into something you could actually enjoy strumming, like an acoustic; and the bluesy overdrive tone is also much better.

    But the high gain tone is much better with the zinc tailpiece. I think you get more midrange and less treble with the zinc tailpiece. If you like that midrange bark on the bridge pickup, zinc is better.

    Also, I think the aluminum would go better with Burst Buckers than 57 Classics.

    In the end I bought the guitar to play metal, so I'm back to the zinc bridge.
  3. In Topic:Hardware for '61 Reissue SG

    09 May 2017 - 06:09 PM

    Works great for me. I made the same change on a 335 clone. Worked well there too.

    Check out Gibsons own $4,500 SG Historic. It comes with an aluminum stop bar tailpiece. The Historic Freddie King ES 345 (another $5k guitar) has one too.

    In fact, the SG standards now come with an aluminum tailpiece and an aluminum bridge!!!
  4. In Topic:Kluson Hardware Upgrades

    08 May 2017 - 06:16 PM

    I also ended up changing to Alnico II Burstbuckers for pickups. IMHO the improvement in tone is substantial. The hardware changes have much more of a positive effect when paired with unpotted pickups. I was on the fence about the hardware changes with 57 Classics. But the combination of brass saddles, aluminum tailpiece, steel studs, etc. and Burstbuckers really works well. It's a keeper!
  5. In Topic:Hardware for '61 Reissue SG

    05 May 2017 - 07:33 PM

    View PostGibSinCity, on 03 May 2017 - 05:22 PM, said:

    You don't have to swap-out the hardware if you know what you want.
    You can buy a Gibson with:

    Locking Grover kidney-button tuners.
    Chromed aluminum Tune-O-Matic and aluminum stop bar.

    You just have to buy the model that comes with these upgrades.

    That would be a good idea, if I had the money. My SG was over a grand, and that's about my budget. I made the hardware upgrades and it sounds incredible now....


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