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Bridge Problems

posted Apr 23, 2014 16:28:19 by LeonRossKirkbride
Hi,
on my chibson es 335 i have a bridge with no thumbwheel (just a little lip near top of post) and a small thread (looks smaller than the import nashville style one) IO was wondering what options I actually have with it to make it into an ABR 1 style bridge. I'm guessing theres no conversion posts for this smaller thread but I thought it would be worth asking. I have no idea when it comes to bridges and tailpieces, all I know is that I want a tune-o-matic style bridge and a replacement stop tailpiece in nickel any help would be appreciated.
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 23, 2014 16:33:38
I have just measured and the thread is about 4mm
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 23, 2014 16:45:49
is it possible to convert this to an ABR-1 US style without filling the holes?
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vambostrausser said Apr 23, 2014 18:32:03
Can you post a photo of the bridge plus the posts.
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 23, 2014 19:20:23
Picture of a post and bridge there are no large thumbscrews
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MichaelWamback said Apr 23, 2014 20:24:41
I think the Faber conversion kits have a 4mm thread.

I also think you might wan to find a local machine shop. You should be able to give them the adjustment wheels and let them know the thread sizes you want, and they could likely knock you out a set of conversion posts without too much difficulty that would meet your needs. Most of those places are geared up to do that kind of work with little difficulty.
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vambostrausser said Apr 23, 2014 21:26:55
Your problem solved,I hope
http://www.axesrus.co.uk/ABR1-Style-Spring-Lock-Bridge-with-4mm-Stud-Holes-p/bm001.htm
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 23, 2014 22:12:11
The problem with the axes r us bridge is its probably the same quality as the bridge it has now. And isn't there the possibility that if I choose a us abr bridge it will not be wide enough to reach the metric posts? I'm finding this the hardest item to source for this guitar.
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GsxJones said Apr 23, 2014 22:14:16
I pleased in a way that this has cropped up. Ive decided im bored (lol)with Les paul's and have decided to go for a semi acoustic. This has helped answer a question,I havent yet asked. lol
Do you have more pic's/review of your guitar Leon??
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 23, 2014 22:33:11
There are some from a while back in the other section, it has some structural faults with the neck but other than that not much fault, frets were level from the word go but it needed a truss rod adjustment. I just don't Really know what to do with the bridge. I've ordered a set of bulldog vintage paf pickups and got some cts pots, vintage braid wire switchcraft switch and jack. Also I got black speedknobs which I didn't like so replacing them with vintage ones, maybe I'm asking too much to convert metric to American and should settle with a good quality bridge with 4mm holes. Unless it's same length and would be a straight drop in if I got some conversion posts.
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 23, 2014 22:34:04
Also changed the nut to a tusq one and used the orange pen trick on the mother of pearl logo to artificially age it.
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vambostrausser said Apr 24, 2014 04:51:32
Sorry just noticed your photo,you already have a ABR-1 style bridge,that is not a Nashville.I agree with you the AXESRUS bridge will of similar quality,but the center to center of the posts is what is most important here,you need to measure that accurately,then you might be able to fit a better quality 4mm post bridge,although it should measure 74mm but who knows with these guitars.
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 24, 2014 09:55:54
Will the stop bar be an easier job?
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vambostrausser said Apr 24, 2014 12:47:14
What sort of stop tailpiece are you looking for,Zinc or Aluminium and what finish nickel or chrome..Just watch out that strings do not touch the back of the bridge If screwed right down.
AWM a German company supply Aluminium in various colours at a very good price and they fit.
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 24, 2014 13:00:56
I've measured space between the centres of two holes it measures 75mm
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LeonRossKirkbride said Apr 24, 2014 13:24:34
I'm looking for nickel i re-measured it's 74nn which is the hole spacing that metric bridges should be. I need to get rid of the cheap metal parts the studs screw into on the bridge as well. I've got a white chibson es-335 but instead of gold I"m going for all nickel parts (not a fan of gold parts on any guitar) I will give AWM a try since i'm in the UK and it won't cost as much as shipping from the US
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