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fliprose
02-08-2010, 10:13 AM
I need to purchase replacement saddles for my 1995 Les Paul Standard. From all I read, it looks like I have a Nashville bridge - the adjustment screws face the stoptail, not the neck. Is that the way to determine what I have? Don't want to order the wrong saddles.

Thanks!

Pushead
02-08-2010, 11:00 AM
The Nashville has bushings in the body of the guitar, the ABR-1 has the rods directly in the wood.

http://media.zzounds.com/media/feed/large/GIBABRN.jpg
Nashville

http://www.guitarparts.co.nz/cart/modules/Assets/product_thumb/GB_2540-001-1372.jpg
ABR-1

The direction of the screws doesn't matter in identifying.

coreybox
02-08-2010, 11:01 AM
The post are the biggest give-a-way. Look at te post that the bridge sits on. If they are small and threaded the entire length: ABR1. If they are thick, and smooth at the top where the bridge sits: nashville.

John Catto
02-08-2010, 11:07 AM
http://www.guitarparts.co.nz/cart/modules/Assets/product_thumb/GB_2540-001-1372.jpg
ABR-1

That's NOT an ABR-1, though it looks like a Gotoh bridge that will sit on the mounting studs for an ABR-1 (they make one that looks even more like an ABR-1 with a narrower body)

This is a Nashville

http://www.stewmac.com/catalog/images_1lg/4502_1lg.jpg The saddles are held in place by tiny clips

saddles http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar,_Tune-o-matic_bridges/Nashville_Tune-o-matic_Bridges_and_Parts/Nashville_Tune-o-matic_Saddles.html

and THIS is an ABR-1

http://www.stewmac.com/catalog/images_1lg/4566-N_1lg.jpg

Note the saddles that just sit on the top of the bridge and are held in place by a wire.

Saddles for ABR1 http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar,_Tune-o-matic_bridges/ABR-1_Tune-o-matic_Bridges_and_Parts/Saddles_for_ABR-1_Tune-o-matic_Bridges.html

johnmfer
02-08-2010, 11:23 AM
I knew about the construction differences but was hoping this thread would lean toward tonal differences, if there are any.

RnB
02-08-2010, 12:01 PM
Do the replacement Stew-Mac's Nashville saddles fit in Gibson Nashville Bridges?

fliprose
02-08-2010, 12:09 PM
Thanks for all the help - don't have guitar with me at work but I'm sure it's a Nashville. This raises another stupid question - what's the difference between chrome and nickel? I know chrome is shiny, I'm sure that would be the finish on my '95 LP hardware, but who uses nickel? Did Gibson ever or is that finish to mod the guitar to a different look?

Thanks again!

John Catto
02-08-2010, 12:16 PM
Simple answer Chrome is more "blue" looking, Nickel is more yellow. Long answer Chrome is an additional plating stage over Nickel, it can look a little "plasticky" but doesn't tarnish so you won't see any changes in it over time. Nickel on the other hand oxidizes with use, getting duller and developing a grey/brown patina. Gibson used Nickel plating almost exclusively up till about 1965 then switched to chrome. These days they've pretty much gone back to Nickel since most people find the look warmer and more attractive.

zombiwoof
02-08-2010, 12:33 PM
Simple answer Chrome is more "blue" looking, Nickel is more yellow. Long answer Chrome is an additional plating stage over Nickel, it can look a little "plasticky" but doesn't tarnish so you won't see any changes in it over time. Nickel on the other hand oxidizes with use, getting duller and developing a grey/brown patina. Gibson used Nickel plating almost exclusively up till about 1965 then switched to chrome. These days they've pretty much gone back to Nickel since most people find the look warmer and more attractive.


Most of your info is correct, except that Gibson these days only uses nickel on the expensive guitars (Historics, etc.). Most production guitars have chrome hardware.

Al

guitarnyc
03-14-2010, 05:49 PM
Just thought I'd add something to this thread since I just learned it. The posts that hold a Nashville bridge are too big to fit in the ABR-1 bridge. So if you have to replace your bridge, don't think you can just get either one and slip it onto the posts that are there (like I did doahhh)