• Bridge Repairs
  • 1976 Gibson SG Refret and Custom Bridge Bushings

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    The owner of the 1976 Gibson SG wanted to have it refretted, Sperzel tuners installed, and a roller bridge installed to replace the original harmonica bridge.  When doing repairs or upgrades on vintage instruments I always look for ways of installing hardware doesn’t alter the guitar and if possible is easily reversible.  The sperzel tuners were a good choice because the small hole for the locating pin is within the footprint of the original tuners.  Switching back would be quick and easy and the modification would not be visible.  The roller bridge, while it had the same post spacing required very different inserts.  Installing the new inserts would mean plugging the original holes and redrilling.  To avoid this I decided to make a pair of brass bushing that thread into the original inserts and are tapped to accept the new bridge posts.

  • Bridge Repairs
  • 1976 Gibson SG Refret and Custom Bridge Bushings

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    The owner of the 1976 Gibson SG wanted to have it refretted, Sperzel tuners installed, and a roller bridge installed to replace the original harmonica bridge. When doing repairs or upgrades on vintage instruments I always look for ways of installing hardware doesn’t alter the guitar and if possible is easily reversible. The sperzel tuners were a good choice because the small hole for the locating pin is within the footprint of the original tuners. Switching back would be quick and easy and the modification would not be visible. The roller bridge, while it had the same post spacing required very different inserts. Installing the new inserts would mean plugging the original holes and redrilling. To avoid this I decided to make a pair of brass bushing that thread into the original inserts and are tapped to accept the new bridge posts.

  • Bridge Repairs
  • Gibson LG-1 Bridge Replacement

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    The plastic bridges used by Gibson on many acoustic models in the ’60s look and sound terrible.  Over time the plastic can deform an pull away from the top of the guitar.  Replacing this bridge with a traditional rosewood bridge can greatly improve the tone of the guitar.  This repair requires a new bridge to be fashioned with the same footprint as the original and plugging the screw holes used to attach the plastic bridge.  

  • Bridge Repairs
  • 1968 Rickenbacker 420

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    This Rickenbacker came into the shop having had its bridge replaced with a later adjustable bridge, a rough replacement pickguard installed, and the wiring altered.  The original tailpiece had been cut down to accept the new bridge but by a stroke of luck there was a bridge from 1965 420 for sale on Ebay.  Fitting the bridge required redrilling a recess in the body which had been filed previously.  The tricky part was cutting a pickguard to match the original.  The shape and controls were a close match for the original but the cutouts for pickup and bridge had to be carefully reconstructed.

     

  • Bridge Repairs
  • Ibanez Pro Rock’R Bridge Repair

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    I recently purchased a small metal lathe and milling machine and have been eager for projects to put the new tools to use.  An Ibanez guitar with a Pro Rock’R brige came in recently and gave me that opportunity.  The bridge was discontinued long ago and replacement parts are very hard to find.  This one was missing one of the intonation adjustment screws and the nut that controls the movement of the saddle.  It would have been difficult to track these tiny parts down so I decided to fabricate them.

  • Bridge Repairs
  • GIbson J-45ADJ Bridge Replacement

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    Here is a repair or modification I see fairly often. In the 50’s and 60’s Gibson offered or used adjustable bridges on J-45s culminating in 1963 with the worst bridge design ever – a plastic bridge with adjustable saddle and a plywood bridge plate. The plastic bridges look and sound terrible.

    Replacing the bridge involves removing the bridge plate and bridge, patching the extra holes from the mounting hardware, and installing a new maple bridge plate and rosewood bridge.