NGD - First Gold Top

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  1. Assault Bacon

    Assault Bacon Gold Supporter

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    ^ Seems to me, yeah...
     
  2. Nippon

    Nippon Insert Kanji here... Premium Member

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    Nice.
     
  3. Midwestfisherman

    Midwestfisherman Junior Member

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    GOLD TOP!! HNGD!!
     
  4. Donal

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    That`s a beauty :thumb:

    Congrats and HNGD :applause:
     
  5. Gibsonrocknroll

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    Beautiful congrats.
     
  6. Assault Bacon

    Assault Bacon Gold Supporter

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    So, I gutted the electronics over the weekend and replaced the pots and input jack in 50's style. I also added the control knob indicators.

    It worked and I didn't burn down the house... my soldering skills are pitiful. The first time I tried putting pickups in a guitar, I burned up the instructions. That's not a joke. I actually set the wiring diagram on fire.

    On a less cheerful note, my efforts to replace the bridge saddles ended in a "snap." One of the bridge screws cratered inside the saddle. It really isn't worth trying to tap a screw like that, so I ordered a new bridge which should be here in the next day or so. Also, as I often do, I forgot one detail - to order a control plate to replace the old one with the battery housing. That's also in the mail.
     
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    Congrats!! HNGD!
     
  8. Assault Bacon

    Assault Bacon Gold Supporter

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    Finally got the electronics work done and replaced the bridge.

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  9. frozenotter

    frozenotter Down with the Sickness

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    That is one sweet LP. Love it. Congrats!
     
  10. Bemis

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    Came out really great! I keep checking around local for a GT. :laugh2:
     
  11. Bend'n'Slide

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    GT on an aniline red back...? How come I didn't know that was a thing...?! :wow:
    Awesome!

    She's fabulous. Great work and VHNGD! :D


    Damn. I need a GT! The only thing that gives me any reservations about the '18 Classic (mmmmmm, P90s...) is the slimmer neck; I love the neck on my '16 Trad and I think that, for me, a GT needs a nice chunky 50s neck!
     
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    Thanks guys. And then, after all of the speechifying about leaving the old hardware on it, I found I really disliked the chrome "keystone" tuners. I'm fond of either the old Kluson jade-keystone-style or the Grover kidney-bean-style not the "somewhere in between" style - don't know why. But I made myself a promise that if I ended up doing upgrades on the hardware it would be nickel, not chrome.

    Well... my brain got the best of me while playing this and I decided to replace the hardware anyway. The pickups stayed. I like them a lot. The knobs stay - I even like the fact that they're cracked in the middle. The tuners, bridge, and stoptail went bye-bye.

    Last night, I upgraded the tuners to Grover 102NV 18:1 tuners in nickel. The bridge/stoptail is now a Tonepros System II locker in nickel. After setup and intonation (which took all of about 3 turns of a screwdriver,) I played her for an hour or so and fine-tuned things. It's spectacular to play... but was anyway.


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  13. GibsonKramer

    GibsonKramer The Three G's Premium Member

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    They have almost that same (looking) guitar at my local GC. 2011 Standard.

    Same color back, though.
     

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