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  1. I've removed all my spring saddle retainers on all my oldies. They sometimes vibrate like a sitar. You can put a "v" kink on the spring to make it snug. I don't do this kink method. Instead, I remove retainer and place a small dab of clear nail polish on the screw head and bridge ... should a string break the saddle won't fall off. The nail polish also prevents the saddle from buzzing.
  2. Naptha for cleaning, pure carnuba car wax, and food grade mineral oil on fretboard are what I use. You can get cheap supplies from Home Depot that will last a life time! I've used branding or private labeling but these work well without the perfume smell. Only difference is that Gibson, Dunlop, etc do not get a cut in the sales... ha ha ha.
  3. I've got two LP's with that same issue; although not as bad as yours. If you adjust the truss rod and the non filed side of the nut lands on the top of the headstock, the truss rod cover might not seat flat on the headstock. It is really poor workmanship.
  4. I wouldn't consider slight more relief on the low E a twist; it's a blessing. All my Gibsons seem to have that differing relief. Even with triple maple necks. Either way, it plays better. IMHO and no worries. Maybe it's just semantics, but if the horizontal on the first fret is not aligned with the horizontal on the last fret then it's a twist and could pose play-ability problems with action heights.
  5. Tortoise might clash with the red. White is better than tortoise; but might be too contrasting to the dark red, clash with the binding and pickup rings. The black with 5ply binding on the pickguard edge would be the best to go with your body binding and pickup rings. But you do what you like and you can change it anytime to suit your mood.... we just want to see pics!!!
  6. Hybrid .010-.052. Skinny top/Heavy bottom. This feels similar to what we did in the old days before EB slinky.
  7. Huh? Sorry, but I cannot seem to see any thing problematic. Are we talking about the scratch on the fretboard? Just use a small piece of 600 grit to make it disappear, and play it! Just think of all the playing time lost getting another one. Life is just to short. Besides, you should see my 45+ year old Gibsons... lots of very deep finger nail gouges on the fretboard. Many decades ago, you only bought one (or two guitars if you're lucky) to play. Today, we're lucky to have an over abundance of guitars available for purchase... more guitars to minimize wear on all of them. Mass production has its benefits in availability and lower cost. With inflation taken into account, the same Les Paul Standard in 2019 is cheaper than a new one in the mid-sixties! The abundance of excellent used guitars is something unimaginable back in the sixties. We're just so blessed and lucky today! Being an old fart, I now learned to appreciate and value that play time or just having your guitar in your hands is so precious that little imperfection is insignificant! Well, unless you got OCD... which we all have to certain degree.
  8. My ES-339 has binding on the front and back of body. Therefore it does not have any significant rounded edge compared like an SG or a Strat body. Maybe the smaller body size of ES-339 is more comfortable for you?
  9. Large wooden structural beams are laminated wood for strength! I have no idea if multi wood affects tone/sustain in an electric guitar... blind test anyone? If you check a few YouTube videos on Gibson factory tours, it even showed the mass production of three piece mahogany backs being glued for Les Paul backs. This was the Nashville factory. edit: Here's one of the videos.. check 5:20 minutes edit: Check out the huge wheel gluing jig... mass production gluing. 1:30 min
  10. When I first went to the factory in 2001, they mentioned that Memphis was under the umbrella of the Custom Shop. Eventually Memphis became on their own in later years.
  11. If your volume goes down in the middle position and gets trebly... the pickups are out-of-phase with each other. You will have to rotate the magnet in one of the pickups; unless you like the "Peter Green" tone of out-of-phase.
  12. Just open up and unscrew the pickup rings... it should identify what pickup it is. Mine has a sticker that says 57 Classic.
  13. Most players use audio tapered 500k Ohms for both volume and tone... I just buy the Gibson brand (probably by CTS) since it's available at music stores. Other traditional brand is CTS; if you want push-pull for single/humbucker sound, Bourne or Alpha pots at 500k. Some Gibsons use 300k Ohms linear for volume. Either way, it's what you prefer when using your knobs. Have fun!
  14. The stock 490R/498T combination is OK. Although, I've switched the magnets between the two to make them more compatible. It made the neck pickup not too muffled and bridge pickup not so ear piercing. I also changed the volume pots to 500k Ohms. I seem to get the most compliment with this set up than any other types of Gibson pickups. The "T" in 490T refers to pickups to be used next to the bridge due to wider slug/screw spacing. Likewise an "R" pickup should go on the neck side. Funny, but all my vintage 60's Gibson's are all "R" sized, and does not seem to affect the tone/volume if placed on the bridge position. Then I'm an old fart and back then volume loudness was all we knew.
  15. ES-235? A friend of mine just got one in black and it's a stunner! My link
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