Another Gibson acoustic in for a setup. Note how low the saddle extends out of the bridge. This guy is just about ready for a neck reset.
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low neck angle
Ah, more on the heavily modified 1970s Gibson EB-3. A combination of a low neck angle and poor design of the original 2 point bridge made it the ideal candidate for a modern upgrade. As you can see from the photo above, the two maple wedges were an attempt to keep the bridge from leaning forward. But leaning issues aside, the action could not be lowered any further. In comes a Hipshot 2 point Supertone bridge to help out. It has a lower profile and it's machined with far greater tolerances to maximize sustain and allow for proper action and intonation. I agree that it does change the vintage vibe of the bass, but if you value playabilty over vintage-correctness, this is the way to go.
Loose Neck Block :: 1960's Aria Barney Kessel
The top is separated from the neck block and not providing much strength for the bolt on neck joint. Here I'm clamping the neck back to realign the top while gluing and clamping the loose area. The neck block had slipped so much that there was a significant stack of shims in the neck pocket to account for the fallen neck angle.
The bridge is also being refit on this hollowbody.
Custom bridge for an underset neck :: 1961 Guild M-65 3/4 CW [4.7 lbs]
A long time ago, someone sat on this guitar at a party and broke the neck joint. The owner decided to repair it himself, but under-set the neck slightly. The bridge I am replacing here is a tuneomatic that was too tall to get the strings down enough for decent action. A new low profile rosewood bridge was fabricated to compenste for the low neck angle. I ended up inlaying a carbon fiber beam though most of the bottom of the new bridge for rigidity. The single P90 on this guy is nasty (i.e. awesome). And yes, another unfortunate casualty of the hardware store refinisher.