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  1. You might want to call Epiphone Customer service. Or, the manufacturer of the pickup system if you can identify it. Or, perhaps contact a luthier to fix or rewire the system or replace it. If you are the original owner, check with Epiphone Customer Service if it can fixed the beer warrantee. Just my suggestions. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  2. I suggest contacting Gibson’s repair center in Nashville for a consultation. Here’s a link to their website: https://www.gibson.com/Support/Virtual-Repair-And-Restoration I hope this helps. Keep us posted. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  3. Suggest making sure you actually see and play the guitar in person when buying it, if you do. ( What sounds a little questionable is he says he needs the money, but he’s abroad now? Might mean nothing or might be a red flag.) QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  4. Sounds like the guitar just needs a set-up. I would think a Guitar Center or a San Ash Nusic should be able to help you obtain a set-up if there are no other luthiers in your region to bring it to for a set up. The fact putting medium strings on your guitar changed the buzz means it could be something minor like a truss rod adjustment or a partial or full set up. All routine matters. Hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  5. Yep, the one I have on n my 1933 KayKraft is stenciled. It also has the initials HKK or HK (I’m too tired to go and look if it’s two or three letters) stenciled by the design, which may or may not stand for Henry Kay Kuhrmeyer, the catalyst for the KayKraft guitars from that era and later Kay Guitars or it could stand for ? (not sure). QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  6. I have a 1933 KayKraft arch top in my collection with the same (or substantially similar decal). Very cool. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  7. On mine, I left the whole stock pickup mechanism in place, including the piezo thing under the saddle, even though I don’t use it. I like the way the guitars sound, so I’m not tempted to remove the under saddle thang. I doubt it has any significant effect on the sound as so many guitars these days have the under saddle piece. If it was a major issue, we’d have heard of a major amount players constantly complaining, although I’m sure there are some who feel in principle that it might slightly take away from the sound. I personally am of the opinion that a tight fitting saddle helps the so
  8. All this is good to hear. Thanks for sharing. I too replaced the stock saddle on my EL-00 Pro (in sunburst), only I replaced it with a tight fitting and dense tusq saddle that, like your bone replacement saddle, made a significant difference. I also replaced the 12s with 12.5s and like yours the heavier gauge strings also made a big difference in the sound/tone. (I have a dwindling new old stock of discontinued Martin 80/20 Bronze SPs in light-medium gauge. When my dwindling stock of 12.5s runs out, I plan on going to 13s on it.). I too also replaced the stock bridge pins, in my case to eb
  9. May her memory be a blessing. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  10. Sal mentioned contacting Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. I suggest the same. They are the experts on vintage guitars and usually love to talk about specific models and model years for free over the phone. They can give you a lot of background in the phone. They have a great reputation. They can also do an appraisal via photos you send them for a reasonable charge, which can help you to insure it with your family insurance agent. It’s sounds like quite a vintage guitar! There is also a book called The Vintage Guitar Price Guide that can provide you with its pricing guideline and its materia
  11. The only suggestion I have is you might want to contact the manufacturer of the pickup to obtain their input or a solution. The Sonic is made by Fishman I think, But, you might want to double check on the internet if that is so, in case it’s a different manufacturer, before you contact them. Another option is to have a luthier change the pickup to a different one or a different brand if it’s drawing batteries for no apparent reason. Or, purchase a soundhole pickup to use rather than the stock pickup, leaving the stock one installed but with no battery, rather than removing it F
  12. I’ve had a bone saddle break one time. Never could figure out why, but one day a piece on the end cracked all the way through. I put on a new one. I guess it can happen. Regarding saddle height, some guitars have saddles that seem higher. I have a 1994 Gibson where the saddle seems to sit higher, but the action is okay. What matters is the action being appropriate, not whether the saddle looks too high IMHO. Some guitar’s tops are not flat, it’s just the way they are made. Although it is possible a top can get sunken, which maybe from a broken brace, which would necessita
  13. Congrats on getting the guitar! I’m a big fan of 00 guitars! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  14. My understanding is that conventional wisdom is to lower the saddle by sanding from the bottom of the saddle. This is what I generally do. However, I’ve also carefully sanded some off the top of the saddle to get the shape of the saddle to my liking, especially on a rounded fretboard like on Gibsons/Epiphones. As well as if needed to make a good break angle on the saddle for a string to rest on. Or, for cosmetic reasons. I’ve also superglued a very thin sliver shim of wood onto the bottom of a saddle if it is just slightly too low. That’s my experience. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  15. I like it, the look of the grain. Let’s the viewer and player know it’s real wood and a unique individual instrument at that. Just my perspective. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
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