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  1. Same thing on my EPI Brodway .... switch was 50/50 on whether it would engage bridge pickup. I swapped it out with a new one from Allparts ... works fine now.
  2. Hey ... FEDEX just dropped off my new slide guitar. Everything s' absolutely perfect on this baby except for one curiousity ... are Epiphone PRO P-90 pickups the same size as the Gibson P-90s? I'd rather not disassemble something to find out things won't work. While I'm at it, has anyone had the opportunity to compare Epiphone Pro P-90s with regular Gibson USA P-90s?
  3. Here's one for ya ... my '98 Broadway is acoustically louder than my dreadnaught Masterbilt (2009). I can hardly wait to do some tracking with this baby. Gonna start the Jazz lessons from that online Belgium company in a day or two. I hate doing the online thing ... wish they sold books. Gypsy Jazz is where I'm headed.
  4. Absofrickenlootly gorgeous! I am proud to have joined your family!
  5. Hey Guys, Thank you for the info y'all have provided ... it is with great appreciation!! Sorry, I don't wanna sell the pickguard :>) I am astounded that this instrument feels and plays as good as my 2013 ES-335 Dot RI Figured etc etc etc - I didn't say sounds as good but, I actually may prefer the feel of this Broadway. One more thing before I give the seller a 5-star rating ... There is not a thing at all on the back of the head stock. It is as clean and empty as can be. Is this how your late 90's Broadways were? The pickups are stock and sound pretty darn good. I have a pair of gold Seth Lovers I thought I'd stuff in but me thinks I'll wait awhile. I play through super reverb reissues and a peavey delta blues 2x10 loaded with a pair of celestion golds. Both amps are a blessing with this Broadway. Finally, can you steer me to a high end tuner to replace the stock ones where I DO NOT have to drill new holes for mounting screws? Direct replacements are what I seek. After this, I won't bug you anymore except for posting pics and sound clips next week when time off hits. Thanks!!!
  6. Yes, I should've mentioned I found this identifier on this site. Again, my concern is the space between the 2 groups of four digits. In all these serial numbers, there are none with the space breaking up the sequence. Hence, my concern. Thanks for taking the time though!
  7. I just rec'd my 'new' 1998 Epiphone Broadway. It was described by the seller as in 'excellent condition' but I have to say it is in 'mint' condition. I am blown away at how clean, unscratched or scuffed, and new this baby looks. Anyways, I am taken aback a bit by the fact that there is NO serial number on the head stock. There is one on the orange sticker inside however; that bugs me a bit too because the sequence is 8 digits - BUT - it is in groups of 4 digits with a space in the middle R##B ####. I can't get through to CusSupport so waddaya think???
  8. I just bought a used (in excellent condition) Gibson P-90 Dog Ear pickup. I am used to seeing some kind of identification marks or text or graphic on the base plate underside of all Gibson pickups. This baseplate has nothing on it and, it is a typical two wire vintage style wire. DCR at 74 degrees reads 8.20k. Seller is a vendor and says he just pulled it out of a Les Paul Junior. Thanks!
  9. Will trade BB1 or BB2 or 498T , all w/ nickel covers for a P-94 with gold trim and black body. They were common once. Now, all you can find is nickel/black.
  10. So ... history tells us that as of 1965 or so, Gibson settled on using Alnico 5 magnets exclusively. Is this true? Can anyone verify this? So then, since Tom Holmes created the 57 Classic in the early 80s, I'm gonna guess he went back to Alnico 2 for that adventure right? Does that mean that the Shaw humbuckers were all Alnico 5 or, does anyone realy know? I just built a winding machine and would like to collect as much input as possible before donuts and dollars are spent on wrong bobbins, wire, magnets etc. Thanks
  11. Thanks Guys According to Gibson Support, it is not a problem ... just don't leave the strings at A440 tension for any long periods of time like days and weeks and months of storage. I don't play in A440 anyway, as my singing voice needs me tuned down a whole step which makes the medium 13's a perfect match. Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond! Merry Christmas to ALL!
  12. I have a 10 year old full size dreadnaught - DR500-RNS. It is an absolutely terrific playing and sounding instrument but, with one flaw ... it is not as loud as I think she should be. My question is to you; has anyone strung .013s - .056s on your solid wood top Masterbilt with no incident? I'm concerned about pulling up the bridge AND, wasting $6 - $12 bucks on a set of strings. Merry Christmas and Thanks.
  13. Hello ... I have a pair of 57 Classics from the mid 1990s. They're mounted in an Epiphone SG400. Compared to newer Gibsons I have which are also fitted with 57 Classics, they are noticeably quiter. Does anyone know if I swap out the original Alnico 2 bar magnet with a brand new fully charged one, will I get the output volume back? I bought these used and in mint condition (all labels intact) and have to wonder if they got demagnetized somehow (which can happen if stored incorrectly)? Bridge is 8.04k , neck is @ 7.96k with readings done in a room @ 76 degrees.
  14. This may be in the wrong section of the forum however; I feel ES/Archtop players have a special breed of instruments that need more than most 'chain' stores can offer. I got my 2013 ES-335 Dot Figured brand new in Sept. 2013 ... literally, hot off the press. The last hands to touch her before I got her, were Gibson factory hands. Understand; I've been playing Gibson electrics since 1968 and for most of those years, I kept them setup and running fine on my own. But Now ... This 2013 ES-335 came to me, out of the box, absolutely better than perfect in every way, shape and form. Problem is, a million string changes and a few truss rod adjustments have made me lose what I had. I'd love to ship it to Gibson but the 2-way shipping and $175 tuneup fee is not possible for my budget. So, I come to you - you FLORIDA Gibsonites - to help me track someone down who'll do a perfect job. I primarily seek someone in the Tampa or Clearwater areas. I know of only 2 guys who operate at the highest level ... Guitar Factory in Orlando and Ross Teigan in Gainesville. Both of these magicians are over a hundred miles (one way) away from me, making it a bit difficult to get to them. I've scoured the internet and phone books and called music studios and educational institutes ... the 2 venues I mention is where I am being pointed to. I will go to one of them but I'm hoping someone has had great experience locally. Does anybody here in Florida know a top-of-the-line luthier ... anyone? Thanks!
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