ToneMonster Posted December 22, 2011 Report Share Posted December 22, 2011 Hi all, Got some of the updates done on the 2nd ES 355 I got so I thought I'd share some Epi porn with ya'll. Just finished putting in the Elephant Ivory nut and Babicz Full Contact Hardware bridge. I've got several things to report for those interested. First off the nut install went off without a hitch. When installing the bridge I ran into a surprise. Even though the bridge came with mounting pegs for both USA and Metric installs the bridge for the 355 did not match either. The metric sleeve was too small and the USA was too large. I could not use the existing sleeve as the threaded pegs were too large also. What had to be done was to redrill the sleeve hole for the larger sleeve and pegs. Not a bad thing as they mounted much deeper with more wood contact and was much beefier in the end. Un fortunately though even with a new titanium cobalt bit and taping the drill location their was still minor cracking in the poly finish near one of the mounting holes. It is barely noticable on very close inspection and I don't think it will present a long term problem but I included a pic so you could see. Bottom line is it is a rock solid install and with exceptional tonal results. Now for the shocker. Upon removal of the stock bridge I come to find out it is not a Tonelock like advertised!!! Once the strings we're removed it flopped around and wobbled like a fish out of water. The bridge looked pretty cheesy to me when view by itself although it still sound great ion my original 355. Checked my other one and it's the same. The bottom is stamped B-2??? Called Gibson and informed them of this and they said they didn't know what was going on, however they assured me they would get me the proper bridge and send it to me under warrantee. For those of you with new Epi's it might be worth a check. Now for the good news. The upgrades made significant tonal differences for the positive. Not sure to what proportion it is attributed to the nut or bridge but together it is awesome. The guitar seems like it breathes freely now. Almost like it was restricted before. Note to note articulation when strumming (especially with overdrive crunch/distortion) is clear as a bell and highly defined. Intonation was more easily achieved with the new bridge with less sharpening of the G,B strings in open chordings and generally the guitar just feels alive. You can actually feel the increased vibration transmitted up the neck during playing and when played clean there is a definite bell like chiminess not present before. Gotta say this was a well worthwhile upgrade. I can only imagine what the Genuine Gibson 57's and new wiring harness will do for it. I will post more pics and sound clips to this thread as they are completed. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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