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Unread 06-12-2008, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nashville to abr-1 conversion

Ive got a recent Les Paul classic and I would like to convert the bridge from nashville to abr-1. Any thoughts or opinions, as well as info where to get the conversion parts is welcome. Thanks for your time!
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Unread 06-12-2008, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

Just plug the larger holes for the Nashville with some doweling, layout the ABR spacing, drill out with a tap or screw by hand for the ABR studs, install...play. Just did it to my '88 Dot and it does make a difference. Most Gibson dealers have the parts and there are many sources online...or you can buy machine screws from a hardware store and make your own custom length studs (hint: longer studs in the body sound pretty good).
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

Thank you for your reply ES-350, good to hear others have done this successfully! I figured doweling would be the way to go, though Ive heard there are conversion studs you can buy to make the swap. Thanks again for the info!
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

You can also ream out the holes of an ABR-1 & it'll fit on Nashville studs if you're just after the look & feel of a tune-o-matic...
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

Try Faber Parts a CV Guitars

Look at the ABR-59 and the BSWkit. This looks like a great alternative to the Nashville Bridge.
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

Thanks guys, I just checked out the CV Guitars site and I think I'll be using the BSWkit. Looks like good stuff! Thanks again!
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

It is, first rate quality (put my 68 GT PAF Conversion right which had a Schaller bridge and Nashville posts installed at some point i the past).


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Try Faber Parts a CV Guitars

Look at the ABR-59 and the BSWkit. This looks like a great alternative to the Nashville Bridge.
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

I installed Browns Guitar factory conversion posts. Its simple, completely reversible and with a tonepros AVRII it worked wonders.
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

So...let me get this straight. Do Classics come stock with Nashvilles?
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Re: Nashville to abr-1 conversion

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So...let me get this straight. Do Classics come stock with Nashvilles?

Yes, at least they have since '05 I believe. They used to come with ABR-1s. My '99 has the ABR-1.
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