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chappy

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Beautiful, definitely lost twins here. You're L5 sig is awesome as well. Did you buy a wood bridge for your ES-5 or did it come like that? I've tried to find a wood bridge that's correctly compensated for a plain 3rd but have not come across one yet.

59burst said:
chappy -

I have the sibling - mine has P90s instead of alnicos. (The photo was taken with flash, so it looks double stained, but it's not - it has a lot of action and depth in natural light.)


 

59burst

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chappy said:
Beautiful, definitely lost twins here. You're L5 sig is awesome as well. Did you buy a wood bridge for your ES-5 or did it come like that? I've tried to find a wood bridge that's correctly compensated for a plain 3rd but have not come across one yet.
The ES-5 originally came with a tune-o-matic bridge, but that was replaced by a previous owner (a GP'er!) with the rosewood bridge. The Gibson P90 pickups were also replaced with Fralin underwound P90s. The intonation seems fine to me. I typically run TI .012 roundwounds on it.
 

Alainlafrance

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There were two models: the Silver and the Gold, differences being purely cosmetic: bindings, plating..)
It's an all Brazilian Rosewood guitar; 160 (Silver+Gold) have been made during its short life -1969/1972-
It's main problem is the floating mini humbuckers ( no bass) and the neck to body joint at the 16th fret -just like the 330-ES-.

It has been the main guitar of Elvis Presley's rythm guitarist John Wilkinson who changed a mini humbucker for a real one (neck IIRC)
 

Crumblebum

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Hi Alain,

No, it's just the fixing. It's not the original tailpiece or bridge. The guitar saw plenty of action during the late 50's early 60's and was 'retired' when I moved 'up' to a Futurama!! I had the REX refurbed about 5 years ago. It's exactly the same as the guitar that Paul McCartney first learned to play on. That one was recently auctioned for £330,000.
 

Alainlafrance

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Crumblebum said:
Hi Alain,

No, it's just the fixing. It's not the original tailpiece or bridge. The guitar saw plenty of action during the late 50's early 60's and was 'retired' when I moved 'up' to a Futurama!! I had the REX refurbed about 5 years ago. It's exactly the same as the guitar that Paul McCartney first learned to play on. That one was recently auctioned for £330,000.
Ah the Czech Futurama, Selmer in Uk ? My dream guitar in late 50's.
You can try to sell it to the London Hard Rock Cafe which is specialized :AOK
 

Crumblebum

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Alainlafrance said:
Ah the Czech Futurama, Selmer in Uk ? My dream guitar in late 50's.
You can try to sell it to the London Hard Rock Cafe which is specialized :AOK
Or swap it for one of these 'Blackies'!
 

bizzwriter

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Alainlafrance said:
Opps.. forgot that Fender Coronado II (2 f holes means archtop, no ?)
Alain: How does the sound of the Coronado pickups compare to the single coil d'armonds on your Guild/Gretsch guitars? Thanks!
 




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