the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

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the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

Postby Ross McLean » Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:00 pm

I've just started upgrading or polishing and fixing the family's guitars and I am currently working on a Les Paul Replica I had made for me. I am taking out all of the 3rd party gear and putting in some vintage pickups, orange drop Electrics, historic features and authentic peices. My big problem is the bushings that hold the fake bridge in place are too big. When I take them out I will have to fill the gap somehow to make up the difference for the Les Paul bridge. The guys at stewmac said to plug it with a peice of wood but they also said to reach out here and see what kind of ideas MIMF have.

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Re: the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

Postby Eric Baack » Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:53 pm

I don't think I'd worry as much about getting a totally authentic bridge. You could just get a bridge that matches the thread and spacing on the OEM bridge
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Re: the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

Postby Peter Wilcox » Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:54 pm

If the spacing of the new bridge is the same, then I think you could plug and redrill new holes, and the flange on the new studs will cover the repair. But I've never dealt with TOM bridges, so take this with a grain of salt.
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Re: the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

Postby Ross McLean » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:07 pm

Thank you both for the feedback. It's something to think about.
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Re: the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

Postby Brian Evans » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:39 am

I don't understand how you can have a "fake bridge" on a guitar that isn't a genuine Gibson. Not that I accord Gibson any kind of immortality or anything. I would be less about trying to use "authentic" pieces and more about trying to use high quality parts that will be the best that guitar can be. Trust me, "authentic Gibson" and "best" are not often the same thing.
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Re: the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

Postby Ross McLean » Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:32 pm

Thanks for your opinion
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Re: the Bushings are to big on my Chibson to use the tune-o-matic Bridge

Postby Randolph Rhett » Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:50 pm

IMHO authentic Gibson is like trying to make sure your Korean made Cruze has "authentic" Chevy parts.

Sorry, I know there are many who think "Gibson" should be whispered in reverent tones only by the worthy.
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