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3/4 Sized Gibson

This is a bit of a rare bird: a late 60’s 3/4 sized steel string is excellent condition.

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Many guitars from this period had this adjustable bridge like this one.

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When removed, we can see why this went over like a turd in a punch bowl. It allows for this huge gap between the strings and top, cutting it’s resonance practically in half.
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Here we’re cleaning up the slot with the newer Stew Mac saddle slot files.

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Now we’re ready to proceed with installing a carbon fiber shim to close the gap.

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Here’s Matt taking the time to measure the saddle in it’s original place, then with the saddle all the way down.

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A larger chunk of carbon was used to make this angled shim, doing away with the need of the screws

 
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We left the screws none the less, and snugged them down. The audible improvement for this type of bridge is highly recommended, especially on Gibson acoustics.

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This guitar also received some fairly heavy fret leveling in the upper frets, and a few random frets throughout the board. This one is now a very special guitar.

 

 

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