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  1. 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!!!
  2. Hybrid .010-.052. Skinny top/Heavy bottom. This feels similar to what we did in the old days before EB slinky.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Just open up and unscrew the pickup rings... it should identify what pickup it is. Mine has a sticker that says 57 Classic.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. ES-235? A friend of mine just got one in black and it's a stunner! My link
  12. I don't know if this works; use at your own risk. Try pin drop of acetone on the fret inlays; maybe at the inlay/fretboard junction. If it softens the inlay, then it's not MOP material. It should dry solid later. BTW, I've carefully used cloth with acetone to clean pearls. I don't soak pearls if there are holes in the pearl like the ones on necklaces. The outer pearl coating is unaffected. However, I would not use this on the Gibson headstock logo... since it has a clear coat of nitro that dissolves in acetone.
  13. My memory is failing on me. I think the ground wire usually goes to the end of the trapeze mount where the strap button is screwed. The vintage bridge sometimes have plastic saddles and if it's grounded to the ABR-1 machine post, it will not work.
  14. Oh yeah the old trapeze bars... luv it. If you want to restore the orange Kalamazoo label, try ebay. It could be fake. I just do not know. Search for "Vintage Gibson Oval Orange Guitar Label Kalamazoo Gum Backed". I don't know and doubt if Gibson has a Kalamazoo label.
  15. It is good to experiment. You might like heavier strings! I've used 10 to 52 or more since the mid '60's and kept my Gibsons always with strings in tune for over 50 plus years... no problem! If you're giging, you tend to be more enthusiastic in the heat of the music and you "dig" into your strings with gusto! Once in awhile, it might need a little adjustment when there's a wide change in temperature and humidity like Summer to Winter.
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