- Feb 19, 2011
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Thank you, I’ve really fallen in love with this guitar! The feel of the neck, the sounds it’s capable of making, and even the smell haha!Beautiful example of a "sharp body edge" '58, thanks for sharing. Great colour, grain and checking in the lacquer. Have you had a look under the pickup cover? Guessing it's the traditional setup with the dog-ear cover mounting screws also retaining the pickup itself, but an era in which most alternatives seem to have happened.
Looks like original frets, so you're going to need to consider deeply on partial or complete refret if some are worn. I am unusual in preferring the original pre-59 fret wire, and last time I did this there was nothing available in the same width. Luckily I found someone that thinned some available fret wire to the original size and profile for a couple of my mid-50's Gibsons, but unluckily lost him to illness last year. Wouldn't be the end of the world to refret in '59 size fret wire, which is widely available, but for me it changes the guitars' original vibe too much.
Cool guitar! Original bridges are overrated unless you need to feel a South East Asian violinist tuning up behind your left ear kind of vibe. Kidding, they don't all do it, but it's kind of annoying when it happens. I tend to replace with MojoAxe because they work every time, and I am sure those that others that have suggested might offer more than anything "period correct". I have a '56 LP SC replica that I think got a Gotoh wraparound bridge (it was while back...), and it works better than any of the original '50s bridges I have.
You got one of the greatest and most underrated electric guitars ever made. They can do anything, in any style or genre, but mostly just put a grin on your face when you need it. Enjoy!
Yes, I have looked at the pickup and it is the soap bar pickup without the dog ears, typical for these 4 digit 58s. Pretty cool how they sanded down the dog ear pickup cover too.
Thanks for your perspective on the frets. They are original and there are a few that show some wear. It’s not affecting play as of right now. When I first got it, I figured it would need a refret, but I’m going to just let it go and play it. I’m liking these original frets as well. They have a character to them. I like the vintage feel of the guitar and will keep it that way as long as I can.
I’ve heard that the original tailpieces aren’t the best. But since everything else is original, I’d like to at least have an original tailpiece in the case . The MojoAxe pieces seem to get a lot of positive reviews. I may go that route. How about Pigtail? Are those any good?
Thanks for the great feedback. Time to get back to my Jr.