Esport Posted September 25, 2019 Report Share Posted September 25, 2019 This was my dads guitar and I don’t want to part with it for sentimental reasons, but I find it difficult to play. Partly it has to do with the narrower neck than I prefer...1 11/16 is my choice and the 345 seems to be 1 5/8 which feels a bit crowded. The frets are in desperate need. I’ll employ Joe Glaser here in Nashville to do that work. I’m on the fence about going SS but love the idea of the longevity they promise. I’ll probably forego the PLEK, though, even though Joe and his staff are the go-to guys for that in this area (or nearly any area). I’ve toyed with the idea of having the Varitone removed and a new harness be made in a 335 fashion to reduce the weight in the tail. Plus, I’m no fan of running a Y cable to 2 channels just to blend the bridge in. It’s got the factory Bigsby and I can’t stand how it’s in the way or how annoying it makes string changes....I’d like to swap that out for a period correct trapeze if a local shop could do it without butchering the top. Everything’s original except the tuners which were changed in the ‘80’s. It doesn’t matter to me if the value drops by doing these mods, since this guitar will be in my collection permanently. But, I want to WANT to pick it up and play it. Has anyone done the Varitone delete/Bigsby delete/refret in one of these 345s and noticed a favorable improvement? I’ll never sell it but it seems a waste to never play it either. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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