Nashville To ABR

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  1. hippiebob

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    I have a 61 Reissue SG that I'd like to convert to an ABR one bridge. What moifications am I looking at to be able to use the ABR?
     
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    There are a few options, if you want to re-use the existing posts from your Nashville. I bought the Faber ABR, and it is fine but it was a very tight fit. It has starter notches which you may or may not like.
     
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    The RI has a Nashville and not an ABR?
     
  5. ba614

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    My '61 RI came with an ABR-1 as stock. It's a '96 model.
     
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    They switched the 61RI (non-historic) from abr to nashville at some point. Mine is a 2007 with a nashville.
     
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    I like the Faber studs the best.
     
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    What are the differences anyway? I have a Traditional Pro LP and I believe it has Nashville. Are their any pro's/con's to either?
     
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    Yes, mine is a 2007 with Nashville. Thanks guys, I'll look at these options.
     
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    Pros to the Nashville.

    Longer play in the saddles

    no rattling retainer wire


    Pros to ABR-1

    ... .... Historical accuracy?
     
  11. hippiebob

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    I just think it looks better. When I look at my SG it just doesn't look right to me.
     
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    So it's super important then.

    Actually, it reminds me of my drummer talking about wanting to change the lugs on his kit because he didn't like the look. He figured it was worth going through all the money and modifications to end up with something that 90% of the world would assume is unchanged.

    More power too ya I guess.
     
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    At the pieces I'm looking at, it's a $75 mod. I'm not out too much if I don't like what I get.

     
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    The Nashvbille bridge is lighter and doesnt have the mass that the ABR1 has. The ABR1 has metal under the entire saddle. I noticed a huge difference with the ABR1, a lot better. The Nashville bridges just suck the tone out of your guitar. There's a few Dan Erlewine articles around where he uses some different methods to replace the Nash. The Browns Conversion posts are OK, but they dont' fit tightly in the Nash inserts. That's why I like the Faber studs. You have the ABR1 on top of the Faber studs and the studs right into the guitar body.
     
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    So the Faber ABR bridge and the ABR/Nashville inserts will be a drop in replacement?
     
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    I use the Allparts "Old Style Tunematic". It is an ABR-style (has the wire) Japanese made bridge that comes in nickel, chrome, or gold. $24-30 from Allparts dealers. Drops right on Nashville posts and is well-made. You can get them on Ebay, or from any Allparts dealer (Guitar Parts Resource has them at the top of their tunematic page). I would recommend this bridge to anyone wanting to replace a Nashville, it improved the tone and sustain of my SG Classic, and allowed me to lower the tailpiece almost all the way down (with the Nashville it had to be way high to have the strings clear the back of the bridge).

    Al
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions
     
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    Another good point of the ABR-1 bridge.
     
  20. Phoebe

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    Now that's hot ****... Charge a significantly inflated price for a RI and put the cost-saving, crap bridge on it.

    I really hope the a__holes at Gibson go under.
     

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