Thorn Brass Knuckle

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  1. big mike

    big mike Fixed Bias Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably a dr pepper. LOL
     
  2. fishleehooker

    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    Yeah he seems to be more a social imbiber. Still though I know for a fact it was easier for him than it would be for me and many many millions of others.

    Update: Still this thing is insane. No going back folks. Here is how it works: Brass Knuckle+Thorn Staple tele= Link Wray or Keith Richards
     
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    seriousy, Ron is a freaking genius of a designer.

    his tremolo bridge is hands down the best I have ever experienced - and I have had vintage fender trems, PRS trems, and all manner of Gotohs and Floyds.

    if he'd somehow get these bridge designs of his mass-produced as aftermarket or OEM parts, they would blow the competition out of the water.
     
  4. Lambone

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    My Paul Languedoc G4 Hollowbody uses a brass saddle in the floating bridge. He claims it adds a bit more brilliance to the note definition.
     
  5. big mike

    big mike Fixed Bias Moderator Staff Member

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    I bet it does, especially in a 'doc design.
    Very cool guitars!
     
  6. Lambone

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    Here is a pic
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  7. fishleehooker

    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    Time for an update on the Brass Knuckle. My two local guitar buddies that I lean on for advice and guitar banter agree that my new Thorn, GT 083 is magical, seriously Magical. The bridge is a huge part of it too. I have no earthly idea what these will go for, but they will be worth it. Neck pickup guys will never sound so good. And it is solid, this bridge. I am over-the-moon with this guitar and bridge and pickups. I own 6 Thorns and have had a few more and the new one is absolutely on a new level.
     
  8. big mike

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    I gotta call him and ask about buying one for my Esquire.
     
  9. fishleehooker

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    Yeah I'd love to hear your take on it when applied to a guitar you already know well. GT 83 is magical so I can't do anything to it to change that, why would I? But I think a LOT of it is the bridge.
     
  10. Csgband

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    Man I want yo try that bridge?
     
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    I'd like to try this on a chimemaster.
     
  12. ford

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    That is a great looking guitar.. love it..
     
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    Bump... any new information on whether that saddle will be sold individually? I'll buy at least a couple to try out.
     
  14. fishleehooker

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    I don't know the particulars, such as price, but Ron told me, when I asked, that they are for sale. Ring him up or email him.

    I'd like to add while in here that I am going to post a vid soon on this, and it will be my first so I hope it records OK. I will be getting another guitar with this bridge for sure. It has overtones galore and is its own thing in comparison to a normal Barden tele thing.
     
  15. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf Silver Supporting Member

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    Been trying to resist this... really I have... but I'm in a cantankerous mood this AM...

    World War 1 Brass Knuckles:

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    Mods, if you want to delete this I understand why.
     
  16. Michael Banach

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    Do you happen to know the thickness of the brass (the top of the brass where the strings lay across?)
     
  17. Lambone

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    Not off the top of my head sorry. Could measure...
     
  18. Michael Banach

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    Thanks Lambone. I appreciate the help. Pretty sure it is 1/4" but cant say for sure. Trying to make my own and a tad stumped on the thickness of brass. Do you still own your Doc? I appreciate the measurement if you do.
     
  19. Ron Thorn

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    I can't believe I made that first one over 5 years ago and that it's taken me this long to go into "production" with it. I guess that was a long enough test drive?

    I've tweaked the geometry a bit more, allowing the strings to lay over the Knuckle on a radius similar to that of a traditional saddle, plus added a tiny roll-off at the break-point.

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    PS...rumor has it a few Brass Knuckles will be used on Master Built Tele's at the upcoming NAMM Show - they dig it!
     
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    I really want to try one. Can I order one yet?
    Thanks, Chris

     

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