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  1. Yep, side dots for righty neck... lucky the rectangular inlays are ambidextrous... 😁 You have a unique ES. Are the knobs correct for a lefty?
  2. Looks a little deep as cut by the Plek. If you don't have any buzz or sitar buzz on open strings; and not binding after bends... I wouldn't worry about it. Well, I'm sometimes OCD and file dress the top angled more and lower the top of the nut to expose more of strings. And I don't forget to polish to shine! Well, now I would just let it be if it plays OK.. I've become less OCD and practice more.
  3. Sounds fishy... yes, pictures will help!
  4. Yeah, many times the frets have a slight "fall out" or slope downwards from the 12th fret to the 22nd. So a hammer on the higher frets would cause the string clanking on the 12th fret. No problem if you cannot hear it when plugged. If it bothers you can slightly adjust the tussrod for more relief.
  5. Is the clanking when unplugged or amplified? Sometimes it's the string from the 1st to the 17th that would clunk on the frets. That is, the unplayed string side hits the frets.
  6. It is not authentic! The following are wrong or questionable: serial number looks routed, no fret nibs, metric bridge, double parallelogram normally on ES-345 not pearly looking, pickup ring too wide, pickup ring screws wrong type, tuners unbranded, headstock open book not sharply cut correctly, no headstock wings, headstock fleur not cut correctly, not a Gibson TKL case, F-holes edges not painted, no label in F-hole, wrong type and shape of pickguard and incorrect support, varitone should be 6 positions and placed closer to neck Vol/Tone pots, ... guess it's a fake.
  7. That's so painful to see or un-seen!
  8. Like you have done, lowering the pickup and rising the screw poles does improve brightness. .. especially the lower E, A, and D strings. In addition, I've also replaced the A2 magnet with A5. That is if you feel it needs more treble. Interestingly, on a stock ES-339 (also '57 Classic) the pickups sounded nice and clearly not dark at all.
  9. Best to see what's snagging inside the pickup cavity. Loosen the strings enough so you can remove the pickup unit. Unscrew the four screws on the pickup ring and see why it's snagging. It could just be the PU leads are bunched up or the cavity is not routed clean.
  10. Are the two bridge pickups adjusted the same pickup and screw heights from the strings? Also, check and verify that you have the same potentiometer/capacitor values. I am assuming both have the same magnet type and flux values... the cover solder looks untouched. Other than that, every guitar of the same model can play and sound differently... wood is not a consistent factor in nature. Standard also has a thicker body that may contribute to tonal differences.
  11. I know what you mean "narrow" neck. Every time I play my sixties guitar I've got to adjust to the narrowness of the '60's neck. It is really up to you if you want to remove the varitone since it's too close to the Bixby, hard to get at. It is really up to you if you convert to a standard ES-335. Just keep the old components. I did the easy method on both of mine. I use a stereo plug (TRS) at the guitar end; soldered the two hot leads in the in the TRS plug. The other end of the mono instrument cable is a mono plug. This made it mono like an ES-335. However, you have to rotate one of the pickup magnets. Otherwise the stock pickup will be out-of-phase (Peter Green tone), and also the volume when in the middle will be lowered a little. So reversing one of the magnet will fix the out-of-phase. Of course, if you like the Peter Green sound then just leave the magnet as is. I like to use the varitone for quick tone change when singing in a gig. Usually, I only use 1,2, and 3. I'm glad you're keeping the guitar; it meant a lot to your Dad and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as he did. I too, trust my kid will also keep some of my personal guitars. I'm just like one of the caretakers, and he'll be next...etc.
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