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  1. Sorry only getting back now, been busy. The guy from Gibson (EU) was very helpful. He said the non-wire ABR-1 bridge is correct. He stated the following 'The specs can always change without notice, and the Memphis factory was closed last year and then the guitars were being built at the USA factory. Your guitar was made at the USA factory, the link I sent you was with the Memphis factory specs. That can make the difference as well.' So, this is all probably down to the changeover between the production plants. Yes, I sent S/N. Main thing is the guitar is playing well anyway. I top wrapped it and it is nice. Feels different to my 2019 Dot but I think this is due to the rolled edge binding on the dot. If I had not 'top wrapped' my Studio it would feel very different to the Dot even though the strings are same on both. No two guitars are the same anyway I guess. I put this down to Gibson the changing from one production plant to the other and the spec changed somewhere along the way. Main thing is it plays well, sounds well and records well, I just wondered at the difference between the two when I got the Studio. I will be interested in the new 2020 USA Epiphone Casino when it comes out to see the price. I have seen some Gibson ES-330 2018's for sale with humbuckers recently and they are nice but I think these types are best with P-90s.
  2. Gibson got back to me and wondered about the bridge too. They asked me to send photos of the serial number on the back of the headstock, photo of the bridge etc. However, I have seen the same bridge on a 2019 Studio image shown on the Thomann website but it is different than any TonePros AVR II on the Tone Pros website. NO bridge on their website shows white washers and ALL feature a locking feature that binds the bridge to the posts by means of tightening a little screw, mine has not got these screws. I have since discovered the bridge on the 2019 ES-335 dot is not as described in the spec. It is in fact an ABR-1 but a non wire version as used from 1962-63. So, there are a lot of inconsistencies both from Gibson and Tone Pros from what I am learning so far. Nothing is quite as it seems! When I hear more from Gibson I will keep you informed.
  3. Hi, I was just wondering do any Gibson electric guitar owners who have glossy lacquer finish on your guitar use natural beeswax furniture polish to clean and polish them? I have seen a a product for sale online by a store who deal with classical guitar and they swear by it. https://www.savageclassical.com/product/the-original-bees-wax-furniture-polish/ Classical guitars can be gloss , satin or natural finish. I have a tub of beeswax here. It is a very old recipe containing beeswax, linseed oil and turpentine but it looks to me that most traditional beeswax formulations contain turps. It is a solvent made from pine. Not sure how much turps is in it percentage wise. So, what do you reckon? Do any of you use natural beeswax to clean and polish your Les Paul or SG etc? I wonder would the turps damage the lacquer on the guitar over time? Any ideas? I just came across an interesting article regarding using car paint cleaners/polishes/waxes to shine guitar. Have a look at this: https://www.guitarworld.com/blogs/four-steps-keep-your-guitar-looking-amazing
  4. I wouldn't think so. My ES-335 dot 2019 in Antique faded Cherry is a lovely example. Both my ES-335s are 2019 but they feel quite different the neck I'd imagine feels chunkier on the Studio but they supposed to be the same. Perhaps the binding on the dot is throwing me out somehow. I have a China Tokai ES-73 I souped up with new locking tuners, pickups and pots, and added two micro switches offset between each set of vol/tone for coil split. Works great, I flick the switch to full humbucker mode for soloing while in split mode, handy boost. It is a lovely guitar, feels superb. I have the studio setup and playing great but I put a roller bridge and wrapped the strings around the tailpiece. It shipped with a TonePros AVR II but this one has white washers on it instead of the wire retainer. As Sgt. Pepper stated they probably just changed the spec through a production run or something. Don't get me wrong the Studio is lovely , I just cant figure how the spec possibly changed and wasn't indicated on their site. I sent email to Gibson to verify the guitar, no word back yet. The only blemish on the guitar is there at the neck join on the wound strings side, there is a wee spot that could have done with a bit more black spray but I can fix this and it is only very minor. I have setup the guitar to my spec and gigged it and it is nice, I wish the knobs had more grip as I ride the volumes with my wee finger to solo and alter tone a lot. I had some black rubber grip ones but they did not fit splines and these are very hard to get it seems for standard pots. They will fit Asia built Epiphones etc but not USA Gibs. Funny enough, last week I purchased a 2007 used Gibson SG Standard in Dublin. It had a chip in the nut so replaced it with a Tusq XL one I shaped and set in. I put the Tone Pro AVR II on this SG as it's own bridge was tatty enough. I set the intonation on it last night at 1 am. It is a lovely one but I'm not sure if the pickups are 57's or 490's, I will need to take a DC reading. If there is a difference between the output of both types, I will know what I have. The guitar has 60's not 50's wiring and is better for shielding than '50s wiring. But this bridge that was originally on the ES-335 Studio is a good one. Just strange the spec was different than their website or any shop you look at online.
  5. The bridge this shipped with was a TonePros AVR II but had white washers instead of the retaining wire.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.............................
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. Are the bridge pins on my Dot actually screwed into the center block or is there some sort of threaded ferrule under there?
  15. 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.
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