The second of two Warmoth Strat's in for assembly. This one also has a roasted maple neck (though with an ebony fingerboard) but was routed for no pickguard and humbuckers (Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II). The guitar needed the electronics to be installed and wired up. A request of the player was to thin down the bridge's plastic humbucker mounting ring to lower it's profile. The Sperzel locking tuners required the blind pins to be drilled before installation. Similar to the player's other Warmoth Strat, the saddle set screws were swapped out to account for a higher neck angle.
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This nearly 60 year old beast came in strung with 10s which was not enough tension to hold the floating bridge in place during bends and heavy strumming. We switched to 12s that added roughly 40 lbs of tension and locked the bridge down solid. The frets are pretty chewed up so when this guy gets new ones in the future it will play like butter. Love, love this guitar.
The serial number dates this gorgeous Gibson ES-175 to 1956, but it's most likely a 1957 since research tells me Gibson switched from P90's to humbuckers in 1957.
Put a humbucker in the sound hole :: Yamaha APX500III [4.7 lbs]
A player brought by his custom made humbucker sound hole mount and wanted me to re-install it for him. It was previously mounted but missing the screws and not wired up. The guitar does have an undersaddle pickup, but the wire was broken free from the pickup. I disconnected the side-mounted preamp and ran the new humbucker pickup directly out to the jack.