Interchangeable parts for Gibson?

BlueberryExplorer

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So I’m in the final planning/ begin assembly stage for a guitar build (80s explorer style). I’m trying to find all of the pieces I need and I’m struggling finding a replica bridge for it. I haven’t, however, found any shortage of Les Paul replica bridges and tailpieces. Does anyone know if a Les Paul replica bridge and tailpiece would work? Did Gibson use the same bridges for the guitars or did it differ from style to style? Thanks in advance!
 

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Yep.
There were differences from year to year... ABR, Nashville, Harmonica... but for the most part what went on a Les Paul also went on an Explorer or Flying V of the same year.

Are you wanting to build a true replica, or just an 80s style Explorer like the Jabs/Hetfield without the pickguard and with the switch adjacent to the knobs?
 

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I guess not a true replica down to the finest detail, I’ll end up getting a custom neck profile and inlays, as well as pickups from Dimarzio/Seymour Duncan. But for hardware like bridges, knobs, and switches, I want as true as I can get. I also want to stick to the traditional layout with the selector switch up by the horn, away from the knobs. Almost like an 80s explorer from the custom-shop.
 


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