1968/69 ES330 cosmetics. I may be shallow...

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  1. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    I've had a couple of these and never cared for the bling chrome pickup covers.
    Now they're in the case pocket with the nylon saddles.
    I always feel a bit shallow when I make cosmetic changes to a guitar, but if it makes it call out to be played, I think it's a good thing.
    Not sure if I'll notice any differences in tone.
    So far, I have not been able to capture the beauty of this thing in a pic.
    It has no black in the sunburst, just a beautiful, deep honey brown that fades in...really lovely. 330.jpg
     
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    Paul46 Senior Member

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    Congrats, that's gorgeous. I agree it looks much better with the black covers :applause:
     
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  3. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    It does!
     

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    endial Senior Member

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    Huge improvement. Yes, more "Pick-me-up-and-play-me-able".

    Classic.

    Well done, Charlie.
     

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    MSB Senior Member

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    no before shot for comparison?
     

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    My J45 is that deep brown color and I really love it. Dark brown + cream binding...
     

  7. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    MSB Senior Member

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    I'm second the other guys, looks much better- I never realized these came with chrome covers from the factory
     

  9. charlie chitlins

    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    To me it always looked a bit like those Japanese cheapies from the 60's where they added some flash to get you to buy it before you figured out it was a POS.
     
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    tolm Bigsby Junkie

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    Gorgeous and - yes - I agree with the chrome not being a good look. One of the things that puts me off a Casino. Is it shallow? Sure, but rock-n-roll is an image conscious medium so I refuse to feel bad about it.
     

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    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    And this, coming from a guy who has a guitar painted polygamist gold.
    Oh...wait...I just read it again...my bad.
     

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    Not sure about the thickness of the covers for either.....but there could be tonal shifts (to try and legitimise the swap too)

    Certainly the thickness of the plastic would make the bobbin to screw height differential a bit different. Plus plastic covers are totally tonally transparent, and metal ones have some effect even with the best ones.

    I built a similar guitar with seemingly similar burst colours......and have had equal trouble getting the colour right in a pic. DSC00171.JPG
     
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    ciscodudewan Senior Member

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    Black color covers is way better!
     

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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    The chrome is meh, but so is the black. Cream plastics and to hell with feeling guilty?
     

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    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Beautiful work.
    But you put the knobs on the wrong side.
    Har!
    I think, on the very bottom, the color in the photo might be right.
    I'm betting outdoor sunlight would help capture it.
     

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    My knob is on the right side thank you very much!! ;)

    Its a tricky one......like yours I'm sure a small amount of light takes it from being warm to washed out.
     

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    The black looks MUCH better.
     

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    Beautiful.
    Solid dark back?
     

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