NGD: Gibson Midtown Custom

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  1. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    That's hot.
     
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    tolm Bigsby Junkie

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    Oh No .. what did they do? No ... I just want that black Custom one but with P90s!
     
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    These seem like great guitars. Congrats!
     
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    They really are (I think i've had 5 or 6), but the customs were always neck heavy, so I bet that B7 does the trick.
     
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    stilwel Senior Member

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    Yesterday, I noticed something with this guitar...it's very "static-y".

    I get a LOT of static popping noises when moving the guitar on my clothes or my hands on the top of the guitar and pickguard.
    I switched guitars (grabbed my Strat which was close) and it completely went away.
     
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    PierM Black & Gold Premium Member

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    It's the glossy paint with all new/fresh Gibson guitars, plus the totally missing shield paint (or any other proper shield) in the cavities, which are totally naked nowadays.
    It tends to go away with playing, takes years usually, or you can shield all the cavities with copper foils, or you can just (temporary hack) drop couple of dryer sheet inside the cavities, which usually fix the problem for a bit of time. Sometimes even rubbing the finish with a easy polish (like the Gibson pump polish) could reduce the problem a bit.
    Well known problem with modern Gibson....
     
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    Sexy Midtown Custom, congrats!

    A 5 ply pickguard 60° deep bevel should be perfect.

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    Those are damn nice
     
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    Related topic: Any thoughts on the Tonepros locking roller bridge?

    The Midtown comes with a standard Nashville TOM bridge. I toyed with the notion of conversion studs and getting an ABR-1, but since I'm installing a Bigsby B6 and Towner bar I thought I'd try a roller bridge.

    This roller bridge looks interesting so I grabbed one. Everything is arriving next week and then the conversion begins.

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    The roller bridge will work, no problem. The other option is ABR-1 bridge with nylon or TUSQ saddles, more historic correct imho.
     
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    stilwel Senior Member

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    Bigsby B6, Tonepros roller bridge and Duncan Antiquity humbuckers all arriving tomorrow.

    I think that's the last bits I'm waiting on...and then it's time to get busy.
     
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    Well, the Bigsby and Antiquities arrived and look great.

    Retailer sent the wrong bridge though. They sent a standard Tonepros TOM in Nickel. So I wait... :noway:
     
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    That's a beauty. Love the neck inlays. I bought this from a GC in Colorado using their online used gear finder thing. This is the nicest stock/used Gibson that I have bought in a while. Love it to bits. Not changing anything (but that's just me). Find one while you can. $820 with the hard case. I still feel like I robbed a bank.

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    Modified B6 with B3/B7 hinge and I drilled out the string bar. Also lightly aged the entire thing with a scotchbrite pad.

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    Lightly aged gold Grover keystone Rotomatic tuners.
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    HeartString Non Prominent MBR Premium Member

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    Absolutely love it!!! Congrats!! What GA strings are you using. Thems some big bends!
     
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    11-49 strings.

    I was thinking I may have to increase the countersink hole size a bit to soften that edge even more.
    I used a 13/64 bit for countersink.
     
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    Almost done. Roller bridge will be here Friday.

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    Looks killer already, well done!
     
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    Did you age the binding yourself? Shoe polish? I like the look of the aged headstock inlay....just slightly yellowed.
     
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    My roller bridge is apparently taking the slow boat from Arkansas...
     

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