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Mastery, Lollar & Novak :: 2013 Squire Telecaster [8.7 lbs]

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Mastery, Lollar & Novak :: 2013 Squire Telecaster [8.7 lbs]

A Squire Tele that recently got decked out with a new Mastery Bridge (and string tree), Lollar Special T pickup in the neck and a Curtis Novak in the bridge.  Quality hardware like this takes a mediocre budget guitar and ups it's feel and tonal response considerably.  She's strung with DR Pure Blues 11-50.

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Mastery Vibrato :: 1997 Fender Jaguar [9.2 lbs]

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Mastery Vibrato :: 1997 Fender Jaguar [9.2 lbs]

This killer Japanese Jag has been in the shop a few times before.  One time for a Mastery Bridge install, Lollar pickups installed and again for a Curtis Novak middle pickup install (here and here).  Now it's back in for some finishing touches including new tuners, a Mastery string tree and a Mastery Vibrato (with UFO tip).  All I can say is that this is one of the best, most versatile guitars I've worked on.  The player that owns this guitar is a monster and I love hearing him play it when he brings it by.  Dammit, now I need a 3 pickup (Lollar / Novak) Mastery Jag!

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#eb3mystery Semi-restoration :: 1970s Gibson EB-3 [7.7 lbs]

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#eb3mystery Semi-restoration :: 1970s Gibson EB-3 [7.7 lbs]

A poor 1970's Gibson EB-3 that was crudely modified at some point.  The mods included adding a P pickup, active preamp, moving the rotary switch, plugging some of the controls, etc.  I ended up removing the preamp and rewiring the guitar as close to stock as I could.  The rotary switch was returned back home along with adding back one of the volume controls.  The tone choke was also long gone so I replaced it with one courtesy of Curtis Novak.  The original 2 point bridge didn't allow enough adjustment to lower the action, so a new Hipshot 2 point Supertone bridge was installed.  I will eventually group this project into one blog post, but in the meantime you can follow up here:  #eb3mystery

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#eb3mystery complete rewire :: Modded 1970s Gibson EB-3

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#eb3mystery complete rewire :: Modded 1970s Gibson EB-3

The first day back from the long weekend rolls on. Jumping head first into the butchered 1970s Gibson EB-3 mess. Doing my best to get this back as close to stock as you can while dealing with an added 3rd P pickup. I also decided to relocate the previously moved rotary switch back home and add back original controls, so some drilling out of plugs was required. A Curtis Novak choke is going in (original missing), along with Emerson Custom CTS pots. What a mess!

Follow along with this #eb3mystery project here.

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