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powerwagonjohn last won the day on November 16 2018

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  1. Very cool guitar, enjoy it. Thanks John
  2. I own a limited edition 2011 ES 355 which has the serial number on the orange label inside the F hole and the Authenticity book with the serial number in it. However there is no number on the back of the neck head. The number is B-91025. I was told there were only 25 of the reissues made in 2011. Does this all sound normal or could this be fake? Guitar sounds and plays great. 

  3. It would be easier to fake the COA than the guitar. Thanks John
  4. I would guess the pots could use a good cleaning at this point. Thanks John
  5. I have not done many pick up changes in my guitars, I usually play them the way I bought them. One of my only exception to this rule is a pair of Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers in my 1991 Les Paul and I really liked the change. Seymour designed these with Seth Lover who was the original inventor of the Gibson PAF humbucker. These are supposedly made exactly the same and wound on the same machines. But pick up makers all say the same thing! Thanks John
  6. The Vibramate spacer plate is held to the guitar by the endpin then the Bigsby screws to this plate so no holes. Thanks John
  7. I installed a Bigsby B7 on my 2009 Es-345 using a Vibramate. It worked great. Not only did I avoid drilling any holes in my guitar but it raised the Bigsby high enough off the face of the guitar to make the bridge break angle perfect for smooth operation of the Bigsby and keep the guitar in tune. Thanks john
  8. Just to confuse the issue there were a few new style {reissue} L-4 CES guitars produced with fully carved back and sides that were quite expensive and very limited production. And some with unique finishes like white sparkle and extravagantly engraved hardware. Thanks John
  9. There were various styles of L-4 guitars over the many years they were built. The new versions were built with laminated backs and sides of maple ply as were the ES-175's of the period. Then then they were built of laminated mahogany again like the ES-175. Finally they were built of all carved mahogany back and sides in the last iterations. All of the models I know of had carved spruce tops. I have a 1952 carved top and laminated maple back and sides L-4 and a all carved mahogany back and sides 2009 L-4 CES . I have played the laminated maple and laminated mahogany L-4 CES and their compani
  10. I think he is referring to the area under fretboard extension and yes this is unfinished on most archtop models with a raised fretboard. I doubt they can buff it out with their buffing polishing methods. I will bet some higher end archtop makers have a way to finish and polish this area but it has never bothered me any more than over scraping the binding in areas. Enjoy your L-4 it's a great guitar, I sure like mine. Thanks john
  11. I would be interested in the replies. I have a ES 345 and besides position 1 I like 3 and 4 the best. I find it very useful especially in a studio/recording session. the older ES 355 usually had it but a lot of the newer reissues don't. The varitone is one of the reasons I bought my 2009 ES 345, that and the playability/tone. And don't even get me started on the stereo feature. Thanks john
  12. Today I am playing my ES 345 through my 1962 Fender Pro, tomorrow who knows. It's hand wired too. Thanks john
  13. Sounds like you found yourself a very nice guitar and are enjoying it. I have a 1956 ES225T, one year older than me, and I enjoy it very much so I know from where you speak. They are unique guitars and I think the tailpiece is part of the reason. Have fun. Thanks John
  14. Beautiful guitar TK LP, enjoy. If it plays half as good as it looks you will be happy with it. Thanks John
  15. I had a similar problem with my ES-335 and my ES-345. The correct Vibramate was off about 3/16 of an inch. I didn't want to use an extra bottom plate so I marked, re-drilled and tapped the top mounting holes in the Vibramate. Now it fits perfect. The Vibramate also gave me a better break angle over the bridge and makes the roller bridge unnecessary. I hope this helps and thanks John
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