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Galanti Grand Prix Parts

brennancward

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Ah, one of the countless “long time reader, first time poster” threads that is guaranteed to make every seasoned forum member groan.

Anywho, I picked up this old Galanti Grand Prix (circa 196?) and I’m dying to know how it sounds. It cost me $30 and an apparent lifetime of headaches trying to find parts for it. I’ve clawed my way through the forest of miscellaneous vintage guitar parts and have found myself striking out on the bridge. Has anyone had any luck finding parts for these guitars, and if so, can you point me in the right direction? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

 

Sweetfinger

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That's a weird bridge which you will be lucky to find. I see the future. You will have to retrofit something else on there until you find the right piece (if ever), so measure the post spacing and hope it is similar to something currently available in a tune-o-matic style. A machine shop could make a Bigsby style aluminum compensated solid piece for you. Allparts has a "space control" style aftermarket bridge but it may not work well on your guitar because of bridge height issues. I couldn't say without the guitar in hand. Seek help from a repair shop with experience in these things.
 

brennancward

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You will have to retrofit something else on there until you find the right piece (if ever), so measure the post spacing and hope it is similar to something currently available in a tune-o-matic style.
Thanks for the advice!

My first attempt and instinct was picking up a tune-o-matic from GC. The post spacing, unfortunately, is what is killing me. It's around 82mm (normal tailpiece spacing) instead of the universal 74mm.
 

Polyester

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That original bridge is so non-standard that finding one would be a complete stroke of dumb luck. Too bad though, it's really cool.

If it's 82mm spacing, could you drop in a wraptail and just string it over the top?
 






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