Bridge slant mod for Epiphone Casino (lefty conversion)

Axelorox

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With Epiphone's upcoming 2020 release of USA made '62 spec Casino I can finally move towards one of the guitars that has been on my dream list for a while - a replica of Paul McCartney's 1962 Epiphone Casino. Like Paul, I am a lefty player, so would modify a right-handed guitar for left-handed playing.

The nut will need to be replaced which is pretty straightforward. However, for proper intonation, the bridge slant will need to be adjusted to be reverse of that on a righty guitar. This modification has been done on Paul's guitar. In the photo, Paul's Casino is the sunburst while the sanded Casino is Lennon's righty instrument (note the opposite bridge angles).



How would a tech go about changing the bridge angle on a Casino? My guess is the bridge posts will have to be removed and new holes in different positions will need to be drilled. But I am not sure how the original holes would be hidden... in photos and videos of McCartney's guitar there is no sign the surface wood has been altered at all.

Any input/advice on this project would be appreciated.
 

charlie chitlins

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Hey...he's PAUL BLOODY McCARTNEY...if he wants his bridge moved with no sign of it, he gets it!
Actually...the shift might be so slight that the plugged holes are under the thumbwheels.
 

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These guitars are fully hollow, right? Are the bridge posts just pins with a flange resting on the top?
 

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Don’t know if you have ever looked at a casino or 330 im real life but they have a second pair of thumbwheels resting directly on the top (because the body is hollow). that gives you a couple of millimeters that can be hidden by the thumbwheels.

let’s hope the USA Casino will have a proper ABR-1 bridge instead of a Nahville bridge!
 

charlie chitlins

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Don’t know if you have ever looked at a casino or 330 im real life but they have a second pair of thumbwheels resting directly on the top (because the body is hollow).
Nope.
Some folks did this because they thought it gave more support to the studs.
Others jammed the 2 together so they wouldn't lose their adjustment during string changing; but they didn't come from the factory like that.
There is a block under the studs, they're not supported solely by the top.
 

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Personally if I were you, I would see if this would work to convert a righty to lefty bridge. It would be much less invasive if you decide you don't like the guitar and want to sell it. If you decide to redrill for new posts, they would be mostly covered by the thumbwheel however.

 




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