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Greasy Ivan

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  1. I put clear nail polish on the screws of my TOM bridge recently and that stopped it from buzzing and rattling all the time.
  2. I have a bigsby B6 on my Epiphone Broadway and a Bigsby B60 on my Gretsch 5120. The B60 is licenced by but not made by Bigsby. I presume it's the same story as the b70? If so, don't do it. It does not work properly like a bigsby does. The handle keeps coming loose or you have to fix so hard, you can hardly move it. The little extra money is really worth it. Bigsby (real ones) are still hand made and unchanged since the forties.
  3. They will match and work fine. I've put Dream P90's on my Broadway. I've left everything else unchanged. They are excellent pick ups for their price. Still I'm thinking about replacing them again.
  4. I don't know what I should imagine about those 'little strips of foam'. Would I be too demanding if I'd ask you to post a picture ?
  5. D'addarion EXL115, 11-49 since more than 10 years. I am tempted by flatwounds and even both bought a pakket of them a few months ago. Someone told me you can forget about bending with flatwounds so ...
  6. Just a tought: there's this guy in Belgium who hand wounds his proper pickups. He has P90's too: http://www.steffsen.be/ That 400 in the video sounds and looks incredible but the playing doesn't match up. Reminds me of Gonzalez from The Paladins. Lovers Rock was on their 1 st album I think.
  7. Thanks! Those are GFS Dream 90's. They look great and are nicely priced but have a very high output. I am not too satisfied with the sound. I have to turn down to volume, lower the tone knops to 4-5 and turn the bass all the way open on my amp before I get some warmth. I guess my quest for a nice sound that keeps the mid between jazz, rockabilly and blues continues. I just gave the tip from Smips65 a try and the pic works perfectly too. Rubber grommets keep their first place in the aesthetic chart for me. But as they say in french: les gouts et les couleurs ne se discuttent pas (colours and taste are just a matter of opinion).
  8. Thanks everyone for your tips and reactions. Here's a picture of Dennis Coffey's Byrdland, Joe was referring to. I've solved the problem at the moment in a simular way. Pipe cleaners are cheap and easy to get but not very aesthetic as a durable alternative. Rubber grommets would be the best solution but I couldn't find any smalls ones on the amazon and others sites yet (for strings the diameter should be very small). They should even exist in transparent rubber like the ones on the cables of my mountain bike. If anyone knows a site where I can order them, please let me know. It would be very much appreciated. Most modern archtop guitars have wooden tailpieces (mahony I think), the sound is probably better but it has less sex appeal. But Jazz guitarist often don't care too much about that. Thanks to for the picture of Herb Sunshine's design, Carverman. If you have more of that please post. I hope you don't mind that I post this picture on my blog somewhere in the future. SamBooka, another forum member, made the forks on his frequensator longer. He actually cut pieces of rod to the desired size and bend them to fit the fixed part of the frequensator. Here's a picture of the very well looking result:
  9. Let’s talk about the legendary and patented tailpiece that Epiphone started using almost 80 years ago. The shorter fork should provide a deeper tone on the bass string and the longer fork more brilliance on the treble strings. But does it really work? I’ve discussed this with a luthier and his opinion is that shorter fork provides more tension on the strings and therefore creates a sharper sound (as with a mandolin). At first I couldn’t believe that the sound of the string could be influenced by anything that happens after the bridge. Untill, I’ve wrapped a piece of cloth around the strings on my Broadway. Before my guitar made a annoying 'zing-zing'-oversound when unplugged but now it’s gone. If anybody has an idea how I can eliminate the ‘zing-zing’-sound in a more discrete manner please let me know. So apparently it DOES make a difference. What do you think about the Frequensator?
  10. Same here, great guitar, acoustically or amplified. I've replaced the rosewood bridge by a adjustable roller bridge to go with the Bigsby. It's a floating bridge so I put sandpaper on it to avoid it's moving all the time. The finish is cherry red sunburst from 1997.
  11. Epiphone Broadway. Bigsby, GFS dream 90's.
  12. Good idea, Steven, and thanks for the info. Epiphone Broadway R97F 0833 So I presume its made in the Peerless factory in Korea in 1997?
  13. Hello everybody, I agree with Parabar. The ES 175 reissue is a very nice guitar and great value for its money. But the Broadway is way more versatile (and bigger! :-) ) I've installed a bigsby and a roller bridge on mine. You can play anything on it from Rockabilly to Blues to Jazz. I've always used roundwound strings (.011 d'Addario). Most of the time I don't even amplify it because the body is so big that it produces enough volume to play without an amp. The only thing I don't like about the Broadway is the sound of the factory pick ups (humbuckers). They sound nosy. I've had them replace by GFS Dream 90's (humbucker sized) but I'm still not very satisfied with the sound. So Traveler, if I was you, I would install the roundwound strings (.011 is perfect) before buying the ES 175. Kind regards,
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