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  1. High humidity usually cracks the nitro finish on the body. I believe knob cracking is caused by a physical force. I had the same thing when I had my ES on my lap, face down, as I cleaned the back. A little pressure rubbing the back just cracked a knob. ... easily changed for a few bucks.
  2. Congrats on your new axe! I suggest to keep your stock pickups, experiment and adjust the pickup heights and screw poles. Play it at gigging volume and adjust to your liking. Learn how the adjustments affect the tone/volume. I have a number of differing ES's and I've endlessly tweaked each one to my liking. Each had its own tone characteristic. After a few months of experimental adjustments, hope you find the best tone that you like with the stock pickups. If not, you might also try different magnets. This is easy to do with a soldering tool. .. again, learn how the different type of magnets affect the tone. Only then should you try another pickup! And yes, it's a cumbersome job replacing pickups in an ES. It wasn't too bad...just took too much time. Or you can take the easier way by just splicing new pickups to the existing wiring in the pickup cavity. Have fun with with it... mostly practice, practice, and more practice.
  3. Per Badbluesplayer, I also use mineral oil for at least 55+ years. Get the food grade and use it on all wooden chopping boards.
  4. Yep, side dots for righty neck... lucky the rectangular inlays are ambidextrous... 😁 You have a unique ES. Are the knobs correct for a lefty?
  5. 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.
  6. Sounds fishy... yes, pictures will help!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. That's so painful to see or un-seen!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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