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  1. Dude Search for my recent post about a luthier in South Georgia He just fixed my 1968 j50, filled in the Adj bridge, fixed braces, etc Amazing! His name is Ronnie griffin Used to do stuff for lynyrd skynyrd A true gem! At least give him a call. Tell him I recommended him to you JC Martinez in jacksonville, fl 912 816 0073
  2. Nope She just knew I played and was getting it for me as an engagement present Imagine my surprise!
  3. It's actually an incredible story. My wife's aunt got it at a garage sale in DC. Apparently, it has been sitting in its case under a bed for 20+ years. I think she paid something like 50 bucks for it! It is in amazing shape, especially now...
  4. I put his cell phone on the post in the acoustic forum The one from the website doesn't work
  5. about a year ago in finally identified and 'got into' my old all-original gibson. i tried to see how to tweak the sound of the adjustable bridge (acutally adjustable saddle) just to play with it and see what i could get out of it. many great suggestions were made by members of the forum. i tried switching out the rosewood for tusq, and found this didn't make a huge difference. also, the tusq piece was slightly shorter (less vertical height) than the rosewood, and i found i had to keep the screws pretty far out to keep the guitar from buzzing. likely required a shim under the tusq piece. anyway, just some follow up and i'll post pics later. i took the guitar to a hidden legend in south georgia named ronnie griffin. look him up online. long story short: i told him i wanted to keep it forever and was less worried about keeping everything perfectly original than i was about getting as much sound as i could from the old girl... he took the guitar in, took off the entire bridge, finished it, leveled it back down, greglued some bracing that was loose inside, filled the adjustable slot mechanism with a piece of rosewood that matched the old bridge perfectly, and cut and shaped me a new bone saddle. and WOW. what a difference in sound. probably due to everything getting fixed at once, but really incredible craftmanship and change in sound. and he charged me LESS than what he told me it would be. told me 'once i got in there, i didn't have to do as much as i thought i might have to do.' who does that anymore these days!!!??? can't recommend him enough. he's near the FL/GA border. -jcm
  6. i went through exactly what you're doing. see earlier posts from a year ago. i ordered the tusq saddle insert that fits 'perfectly' into the adjustable bridge mechanism. for me, it didn't make a huge difference in sound. i think b/c the tusq was shorter vertical height than the rosewood so i had to keep the screws pretty far out to keep the strings from buzzing. a shim may have worked, but in any case, see my post from today. i had the entire slot filled with rosewood and a bone saddle inserted into THAT. along with some braces that needed firming up/tweaking. just got it back yesterday and it sounds AMAZING. gotta find someone great to do it for you and need to be ok with losing 'all original' status. if you plan on keeping the guitar and want it to sound as good as possible for your own pleasure, it's a no-brainer!
  7. i went through exactly what you're doing. see earlier posts from a year ago. i ordered the tusq saddle insert that fits 'perfectly' into the adjustable bridge mechanism. for me, it didn't make a huge difference in sound. i think b/c the tusq was shorter vertical height than the rosewood so i had to keep the screws pretty far out to keep the strings from buzzing. a shim may have worked. i talked to colosi, who could make a custom bone saddle, but said that for those, it's just too big a piece of bone and frankly, he could charge me, but it would sound like crap. his words not mine. in any case, see another post of mine from today. that saddle guy pointed me to a hidden gem of a luthier named ron griffin. i had the entire slot filled with rosewood and a bone saddle inserted into THAT. along with some braces that needed firming up/tweaking. just got it back yesterday and it sounds AMAZING. gotta find someone great to do it for you and need to be ok with losing 'all original' status. if you plan on keeping the guitar and want it to sound as good as possible for your own pleasure, it's a no-brainer!
  8. about a year ago in finally identified and 'got into' my old all-original gibson. i tried to see how to tweak the sound of the adjustable bridge (acutally adjustable saddle) just to play with it and see what i could get out of it. many great suggestions were made by members of the forum. i tried switching out the rosewood for tusq, and found this didn't make a huge difference. also, the tusq piece was slightly shorter (less vertical height) than the rosewood, and i found i had to keep the screws pretty far out to keep the guitar from buzzing. likely required a shim under the tusq piece. anyway, just some follow up and i'll post pics later. i took the guitar to a hidden legend in south georgia named ronnie griffin. look him up online. long story short: i told him i wanted to keep it forever and was less worried about keeping everything perfectly original than i was about getting as much sound as i could from the old girl... he took the guitar in, took off the entire bridge, finished it, leveled it back down, greglued some bracing that was loose inside, filled the adjustable slot mechanism with a piece of rosewood that matched the old bridge perfectly, and cut and shaped me a new bone saddle. and WOW. what a difference in sound. probably due to everything getting fixed at once, but really incredible craftmanship and change in sound. and he charged me LESS than what he told me it would be. told me 'once i got in there, i didn't have to do as much as i thought i might have to do.' who does that anymore these days!!!??? can't recommend him enough. he's near the FL/GA border. his # is 912 816 0073 -jcm
  9. about a year ago in finally identified and 'got into' my old all-original gibson. i tried to see how to tweak the sound of the adjustable bridge (acutally adjustable saddle) just to play with it and see what i could get out of it. many great suggestions were made by members of the forum. i tried switching out the rosewood for tusq, and found this didn't make a huge difference. also, the tusq piece was slightly shorter (less vertical height) than the rosewood, and i found i had to keep the screws pretty far out to keep the guitar from buzzing. likely required a shim under the tusq piece. anyway, just some follow up and i'll post pics later. i took the guitar to a hidden legend in south georgia named ronnie griffin. look him up online. long story short: i told him i wanted to keep it forever and was less worried about keeping everything perfectly original than i was about getting as much sound as i could from the old girl... he took the guitar in, took off the entire bridge, finished it, leveled it back down, greglued some bracing that was loose inside, filled the adjustable slot mechanism with a piece of rosewood that matched the old bridge perfectly, and cut and shaped me a new bone saddle. and WOW. what a difference in sound. probably due to everything getting fixed at once, but really incredible craftmanship and change in sound. and he charged me LESS than what he told me it would be. told me 'once i got in there, i didn't have to do as much as i thought i might have to do.' who does that anymore these days!!!??? can't recommend him enough. he's near the FL/GA border. -jcm
  10. this is my 1968 j50 looks quite different from yours, although, as was pointed out, there was some variety in the late 1960s re: slope-shoulders, pickguards, bridge belly up vs down, etc.
  11. the luthier i took it to before i ordered the tusq said everything was bone straight and looking great. he said he couldn't find anything even to tweak(!)
  12. i thought about this concept, but how would i ever get it out??? plus, the tusq model that i purchased is pre-shaped with slots for the screws, so it wouldn't be snug (side to side) without them. however, if i move beyond the pre-shaped tusq or bone saddles, i'll consider this.
  13. thanks, guys. yeah, saddle not bridge. my bad. it may be that the old wooden had a gap, but the screws were definitely all the way in, now they're significantly out. i don't want them to be far enough out that there's increased lever arm thus trying to bend the screws or otherwise put tension that this old girl shouldn't otherwise be having to deal with... that's my only concern. i can see that they're farther out, but the tusq (i've had it in with the new strings for about 2 weeks now) sounds really nice. i don't know how much is placebo effect or real, but i'm digging it... will probably also buy the bone to see if i find that place 'deeper w/in myself' thanks again. Em7, ever seen 'baraka' or 'samsara?' check out trailers online. those can take you to some pretty amazing depths...
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