Faber ABR-1 / Norlin comparision

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  1. NorlinBlackBeauty

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    I've installed a bridge and tailpiece from Faber to replace the original Norlin hardware.

    The Norlin bridge was shaky, always had some slop in in. The Faber is rock solid by comparison - those insert stud screws work well.

    Many years ago I replaced the lightweight Norlin tailpiece with a solid zinc Gibson in a trade with someone, thinking heavier is better. I've consumed enough Faber Kool-Aid to believe the lightweight aluminium is best, so I got one of those too.

    They offer aged gold which was a key selling point. The thought of having a shiny new bridge was less than ideal to me on my beat up Norlin. What does the Faber aged look like compared to the real thing? See below. The hue of the Faber bridge is off, looking more like a phosphor bronze wound acoustic string. The tailpiece is about right.

    As far as the ageing process, it was somewhat overdone, but looks the part well enough. I had to further enhance the tailpiece, removing most of the gold plate on the top to match the semi original. The pitting is what is missing on the aged parts. Can't imagine that would be easy to replicate.

    I'll try to get some updated images of the Faber bits on the LP soon. They do look the part well enough and are now stable.

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