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Just sharing photos of my 59 Tiger flame

posted Apr 13, 2014 20:59:21 by 586marky33
Just thought I would show off my recently acquired R9 Tiger flame in iced tea that I got from seller Guitar Monopoly. I did an initial post the day I got this, and haven't got around to posting my promised follow up. The guitar itself is like others on the lighter side, weighs exactly 7.7lbs, but the strange thing is because I have held this guitar everyday since, it now feels normal and my Epi Les Paul that weighs a traditional 9 lbs now feels mega heavy.

Playability wise straight out the box, once tuned it was playable, no string/fret buzz anywhere, but the guitar would go out of tune reqularly, I have since changed the tuners for some lovely kluson 50's repro's from RS Guitarworks I had lying around, they required me to enlarge the tuner holes carefully to fit them. Its now strung up with a new set of decent strings and it strums and feels so much nicer in the hand, the china strings are like cheese wire! It still goes out of tune a little and the strings seem to sit to high at the first fret so I plan on changing out the nut for a Tusq one and setting the action a little lower with that so theres less resistance on playing chords on the first fret.

One annoying realisation with my particular Chibson is that I cannot change the bridge for the conversion posts to put on the smaller post ABR, reason being is that the post thread size is neither metric 8mm or nashville 6mm, its something inbetween so the conversion posts I bought from Philly Luthier tools were useless! Only way round it would be to pull the anchors out and see if metric 8mm ones will fit the holes then I can put the conversion posts in and go from there.

Apart from that, I am also in the process of changing around knobs, pickguard, I scored some lovely art of aging bone white aged proper size pickup surrounds that I am plucking up the courage to redrill the mounting holes. Also received 4 new Gibson Historic CTS pots, switchcraft switch and I have some premium braided wire from Luze to use so thats all on the agenda.

I feel that I got real lucky with this one as in my eyes it's got a lovely tight fiddleback flame to it and I really dig the colour sceme on the front and back, only thing thats bugging me looks wise it they seem to go overboard on the yellow binding, wish it was more washed out, but thinking if I leave this thing in the sunlight overtime I'm sure the UV will wash it out to a faded lemon shade of yellow. One can hope!














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ParéjJózsef said Apr 13, 2014 21:14:02
the guitar looks stunning, you could use the smaller post with something wrapped around it, I'd go with one layer of aluminum foil or something similar conductive stuff so the grounding works.
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Just call me Joe ;)
Proud owner of my 7-string "Bear" LP.
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586marky33 said Apr 13, 2014 21:46:54
Thanks for the comment and for the advise, not sure I understand what you mean though? wrap foil around where? Notice you have the same guitar from the same seller, loving the top on yours also, we both got lucky with GM I guess! ;-))
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GsxJones said Apr 13, 2014 22:13:18
Thats nice!!
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SteveTebble said Apr 13, 2014 22:38:32
I got lucky with GM too - mine's lovely and it's two serial numbers away from yours. (My 335 is the same number as yours!)

With the aluminium foil, what Joe meant was to wrap a layer or two round the bridge posts so they sit tighter in the body. Actually with mine, I found it was the tailpiece that the earth wire was attached to. It's easy to check with a multimeter!
God give me patience ... but I want it NOW!!
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sjcrowe6 said Apr 14, 2014 04:14:48
I had the same post thread size problem with my Chibson from GM. I pulled the odd thread size bushings and installed the 8mm thread size bushings that came with my new bridge. They were a nice tight fit and worked well, I carefully tapped them in with a hammer. I wouldn't recommend wrapping tin foil around the threads of your posts.
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ParéjJózsef said Apr 14, 2014 06:18:02
Yep, that's what I meant, sorry I was half asleep :)
Just call me Joe ;)
Proud owner of my 7-string "Bear" LP.
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586marky33 said Apr 14, 2014 11:24:27
Ahh see what was meant now, we're talking about removing the bridge post anchors/bushings, then if the new size replacements have some slack in the hole then wrap a little tin foil around to fit snug? But what if the bushing holes are smaller than the replacement bushings, there's no way I'm going to start trying to enlarge the holes, I'd rather save the pain and stick with what I got. But sjcrowe6 says that the replacements he got were a snug fit, so sounds like I will take that route, which replacement bridge and studs did you buy and from where, just to be sure I'm getting the same fit?
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ParéjJózsef said Apr 14, 2014 13:14:26
nope, I meant is use the foil over the smaller posts going in the old bushings :)
Just call me Joe ;)
Proud owner of my 7-string "Bear" LP.
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586marky33 said Apr 14, 2014 17:03:24
Has this been done before, I really can't see how that would even work, the foil would just break up surely and cause the post to lean to the side??
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sjcrowe6 said Apr 15, 2014 05:39:13
Forget about the tin foil that will only work to make the bushings fit in the body holes tighter.
I used the 8mm bushings that came with a Wilkinson roller bridge but any 8mm bushings should work. See YouTube for an easy way to pull bushings out using your old posts.


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586marky33 said Apr 15, 2014 10:18:36
Any chance of a link to that? I tried looking last night and I couldn't find a video showing how to do that using the original posts?
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sjcrowe6 said Apr 15, 2014 15:07:46
Here you go: Pulling Bushings
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kaarel804 said Apr 15, 2014 15:14:24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ppKxEIF1M

This is a safer method to do this :)
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MichaelBarnard said Apr 29, 2014 05:42:44
Looks beautiful.
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