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  1. I'm sure it is fine but all the shops state it has an ABR bridge but on one online store I think I can see the little white plastic washers on the intonation screws just like mine. I will know for sure when they reply.
  2. Yes it has the sticker and came with the setup photo and Cert. I am emailing Gibson now. I bought from a main dealer in Dublin.
  3. Just noticed, the bridge that was fitted to this guitar when purchased new a few weeks ago is not an ABR-1 as stated in the spec. I think it is a Nashville with white plastic washers on the intonation screws. According to the spec it is supposed to be an ABR-1 I think. Here is a link about bridge types https://faberusa.com/what-is-the-difference-between-the-different-bridge-types/ My ES-335 Studio has the bridge posts screwed into a metal threaded bush that is mounted in the centerblock. I according to the info found at the link above this is a NASHVILLE bridge not an ABR-1. Strange.............................
  4. Ah, I see now thumbscrew is all that adjusts up or down on the post. The actual screw that goes into the centerblock does not. So, safe enough and it will never move. 🙂 Good.
  5. Hi, I recently purchased a used Heritage Cherry Gibson SG Standard. Serial number indicates it was made in 2007. I am currently servicing and setting up the guitar. It has 60's wiring, Gibson deluxe tuners with tulip (keystone) plastic keys, black top hat controls with silver labels in them and trapezoid neck markers. I am wondering are the pickups classic 57's or 490 T and R pickups. There is only the Gibson logo on the back of them from what I can see. Is there a way to find out what pickups are in this? I suppose I can measure the DC resistance I guess. Also, I noticed that one of the tailpiece studs is higher than the other one and cannot be lowered any further. It is the stud on the unwound strings side (controls side). On inspection the bridge earth wire going through from the cavity to the bottom of the stud hole is the reason. Is it normal to have one of the studs higher like this? The earth wire to the tailpiece stud is about a 1mm diameter solid strand not 'multi-strand' and is earthed to the back of the neck tone pot. This wire has a kind of hard plastic insulation sleeve on it. The back of the neck tone pot has the following written on it with black marker: 7-3-07 CR Perhaps the wiring has been altered. I can solder in a smaller stranded wire as the bridge earth to fix this anyway. So, had the 2007 SG Standard 60's wiring? What are the pickups and spec? Any of you know? If so, I would be glad if you could enlighten me! Thanks, Eugene. P.S. I was just checking online there and have seen several SGs with the same with the same earth wire arrangement as mine. Even the coating on the wire is the same. The same tone pot gets dated and I reckon the person wiring does this put his/her initials on there too. Weird thing is I see several SGs with the wires coming out in different places (the pickup wires I mean). They seem to have done them different at different stages or something or perhaps the different factories do them differently. My thinking as to why the tailpiece earth wire is done this way is simply that it must be down to the shallow depth of the SG, though my V is not like that. Other brands I have worked on have the earth wire simply put in with the BRIDGE mounting posts rather than the tailpiece one... but as long as it earths to strings,,, same deal.
  6. I added a few more photos of the roller bridge. I will replace this nickel one with a black nickel one which is a tad darker and will go well with the black finish, probably put the black nickel end stop tail on it too. http://s1080.photobucket.com/user/usaaf14/library/2019 Gibson ES-335 Studio in Ebony
  7. Ah, I'd say it would be best to adjust any height changes on the bridge with the strings loosed off here to take the pressure off the threads in the wood. Otherwise you could be in trouble. Has anyone ever had problems like that on their ES-335, threads stripping in the wood due to adjustment?
  8. DrumAnd Stage: I get my hardware and pickups from here https://www.axetec.co.uk/ Keith is his name. They are very good for guitar parts, electronics etc and good value. The Irongear pickups are very good for the money, VERY good and great value. I have purchased several cheap guitars and modded them with new pickups and pots/wiring/locking tuners/roller saddles etc and for not too much money and with some fret dressing and setups they play and sound as good as anything expensive. Here is link to the pickups http://www.irongear.co.uk/ I was gigging a Tokai ES-73 last night and I have to say it is bloody fantastic, a China made one in sunburst. I think it actually feels better in the hands than the Gibson Studio. I have D'Addario EXL 125-10P 9-46's on it. Strange thing is to get the same feel on the Gibson Studio I had to go with Dean Markley LTHB 10-52'S but is is top wrapped though. I might try the Gibson Studio at my performance tonight. The Tokai arrived about two weeks ago damaged in the post. The shop on REVERB I purchased it from shipped it in it's own little cardboard sleeve with gaffa tape (duct) round it, so it had no chance. Wee chip on the headstock but otherwise seems ok. I put locking tuners on it and did a setup. I have to say I will leave the pickups stock and pots etc as it sounded really organic and vintage sounding last night. First time I have performed Crossroads where it sounds right, just doesn't with a solid body I think. I will try to put up some photos of the modded studio later. Thanks, E
  9. Are the bridge pins on my Dot actually screwed into the center block or is there some sort of threaded ferrule under there?
  10. Hi, thanks. Ah, I think it is ok. I just set it up with Dean Markley 10-52's and used the top wrap technique and it is playing and feeling good to play now with the roller bridge, just have to set the pickup heights now. I have to say this ES studio was not well set up out of the case at all and it took a lot of adjustment to get right. The roller bridge is supposed to help reduce string breakage and they don't cut my hands. The original spec saddles tend to cut me sometimes! 🙂 I got it in a long standing Gibson dealer so I doubt if it hooky. Here is link to photos. http://s1080.photobucket.com/user/usaaf14/library/2019 Gibson ES-335 Studio in Ebony Thanks.
  11. I purchased a 2019 Dot in Antique Faded Cherry . I decided to get a studio ES-335 for venues where I wouldn't want to take the more expensive Dot, so I just purchased a 2019 ES-335 studio in ebony. I got the guitar in the post yesterday, bought it from an Irish Gibson dealer. These two guitars are supposed to have the same frets and necks etc but to me the studio seems very different. There are a few things: 1) The bridge on the two guitars is different. The Studio one is TonePro AVR-II and has Nylon washers on the adjusters. The Dot one has no washers and the saddles look more robust. I replaced the Studio's bridge with a roller one anyway. 2) The fret wire used is spec'd the same for both guitars but the frets on the Studio look to be not as 'jumbo'. 3) the Dot's bridge height adjusters looks to screw directly into the center block whereas the Studio's screws into bridge pins. I presume the Dot's are screwed into bridge pins but it LOOKS like the height adjusters screw into wood. 4) The screw that holds the pickup selector switch in place is different on both guitars. The Dot's has fine indents on the thumbscrew nut and the Studio's are coarse, see photo. 5) The paint finish on the neck at the socket joint on the 6th string side is poor on the Studio and could have done with another bit of spray finish. 6) The Dot's label is red and dated 2019 and Memphis and the Studio's is orange with no date and Nashville. 7) The Dot's case is brown with 4 catches and the Studio's is black with only 3 catches made by TKL. So, what do you reckon is all as it should be? I can only upload a small selection of photo unfortunately but may add them in reply to this so you can see, I will try that.
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