NGD Gibson ES330L in Bluuuuuue

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  1. Zuhzuhzombie!!

    Zuhzuhzombie!! Member

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    After buying and loving a Korean Casino I decided to upgrade to something a bit nicer and with easier fret access. ONLY downside is that this guitar, like others of its kind, has the bridge screw buzz problem. "Problem" I should say, as it is inaudible.

    My only complaint is that these pups are very high output but like the bridge this is a problem that I can easily put up with or adjust.

    Fantastic guitar all said and done. Now I got my eye on a '59 Reissue!
     
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  3. Zuhzuhzombie!!

    Zuhzuhzombie!! Member

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    Anyone know the specifics I would need to look for for installing a Bigsby? Just make sure that the Bigsby screws screw into the bracing?
     
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    That's blue-tiful.
     
  5. Dave Wakely

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    Gorgeous in a tragically gas-inducing sort of a way! :)
     
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    I agree with Dave, gorgeous.
     
  7. smiert spionam

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    I would try a B3 first, in hopes of not screwing into anything.
     
  8. Jura

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    Try some clear nail polish on those buzzy screws.
     
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    I love BLUE. Congrats.
     
  10. Zuhzuhzombie!!

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    Arm won't be long enough. :(

    I almost bought one with a Maestro installed.
     
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    Very nice. I also have a Korean Casino. I keep having thoughts of a Gibson as well. Tell me how this one is superior.
     
  12. Zuhzuhzombie!!

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    FEB, 19th fret neck joint, nitro.

    I had a Korean Epi as well and liked it so much I upgraded. Cork sniffing reasons only. If you love your Casino then stick with it. I just didn't want a tobacco burst guitar. Just too bland for me.

    I do plan on getting one of their 61 RI Casinos though.
     
  13. gibsonES330

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    Nice - I had that same guitar back in '09.
     
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    Depending on the neck angle a B6 should work on this so that you don't have to add holes to the top. It's longer than the B3 so the arm will be in a similar place to that of a B7. This is my 330 with a B6 added - it's the short neck version but it gives the idea.

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    I don't know about the 330L, not having looked inside one, but the original 330s weren't braced like conventional archtops: rather they have the kerfed Spruce top part of the 335 centre block. This was probably a labour saving decision in terms of manufacturing but it has the bonus that there is plenty of material under the top to support tunomatic posts and Bigsby B7s. If you're unsure remove a pickup or have a look through the F hole with a dentist's mirror and it should be obvious.
     
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    Nice looking axe!

    Honestly, I wouldn't take the chance of messing it up. Just take it to a reputable luthier to ensure it is done right.
     
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    That's a beauty, Jay. A B6 would be my next choice, too -- even with the shifted position on the long neck 330, it ought to work. I really dislike tension bars (as well as the extra holes they require).
     
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    very nice - congrats. that may be the only blue one I have seen.. cool
     
  18. Zuhzuhzombie!!

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    Yeah, the 60/30 neck, I don't even know what 60/30 means. Just feels a little thicker than a modern SG neck profile. Not 50s thick, for sure.
     
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    Very cool. Didn't know that color existed!
     
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    I'm at the point where I don't think anything's better than a semi or hollow with p90's. The richest sound I've encountered yet. That thing looks great, congrats!
     

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