Incoming SG Standard '61!

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  1. alligatorbling

    alligatorbling New Member

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    I am expecting it to arrive tomorrow! I got it it from sweetwater. It weighs 7lbs even. I dont plan to make a single mod to this guitar other than maybe an amber switch tip. Im going to enjoy it for what it is. Im looking forward to hearing the Burstbucker 61 pickups. Every clip ive heard of them i was really impressed. Heres a photo of the guitar from sweetwater.

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  2. mcv

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    I just purchased one couple weeks ago and just found out (when i changed strings for 10s) that the bridge saddles weren’t grooved! Emailed Sweetwater about it and finally they understood they missed it! Will send me another bridge.
    Please let me know if yours was like that too.
     
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    Mine had the grooves but buzzed so much I had to change it to a Nashville. Don’t buy the hype about ‘plek’ It means absolutely nothing. Take it to a good luthier to get fully checked out.
     
  5. alligatorbling

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    mine are notched, only ever so slightly though. enough for the string to sit in place. im not sure if thats normal or not. ive looked at pictures of different saddles online and some are notched and some are not. the strings line up over the pickup poles correctly and the strings are spaced the way they seem they should be. im guessing if its not broke i wont try to fix it.
     
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  6. alligatorbling

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    im really impressed with the guitar. i feel right at home with it. its very resonate and loud unplugged. it has a very comfortable neck, not really what id consider 60s. I had a gibson les paul classic, thats what i think of when a 60s neck is mentioned, very thin. this one has some meat to it, but not too much. just right in my opinion. the 61T and 61R pickups push my amp very nicely. over all i am thrilled with it!
     
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    I've been told that the way they notch the saddles is to string up the guitar, settle the strings into the right places on the saddles, and give it a thump with a mallet. Done!

    Bob
     
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    after researching, thats what i find to be the most common method as well. I emailed sweetwater and asked them if the saddles should come slotted and they said no.
     
  9. mcv

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    Have you checked with gibson?
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I have purchased several new Nashville and ABR-1 bridges separately in the past and they never arrived with notched saddles. From what I understand, the reasoning is so that the saddles can be notched at the time of installation to match the string gauge to be used as well as string spacing and alignment.

    Fully assembled guitars from the factory usually have the saddles on the bridge notched.
     
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    Hang on, did you buy the bridge separately? Because a new guitar should absolutely NOT have un-notched saddles.
     
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    No, they typically come notched when they are on a guitar. Likely someone skipped a step. I mentioned Gibson's technique thinking the OP could do it himself.

    Bob
     
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    So true. Gibson quitted slotting the loose ABR kits awile ago. I did slot mine successfully with the plastic head of a screwdiver. Afterwards I placed the plastic end of the screwdiver on the saddle, gave the steel end of the screwdiver a few loose clinks and that method worked just fine on mine.

    But to sell guitars, axes thats NOT ready to go..? Thats a shame.
     
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    It stays in tune. it arrived in tune as a matter a fact (well not perfect but close) string bends do not shift the strings at all. There are faint slots that are in a good spot. I'm just gonna leave well enough alone.
     
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    My 61 Standard, also from Sweetwater, came with notched saddles. Every Gibson I’ve owned has come that way actually. Btw, it’s a very particular guitar when it comes to strings (mine at least) . It really comes alive with 9-42s. I usually play 10-46, but even after a set up and new strings it was stiff and muffled sounding, especially the bass strings. Strung up some .9s and dialed it in. Breathes fire now.
     
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    As long as they stay in place with bends, you're fine. Too deep and you get the strings binding up. Ideally, you want the string half in and half out of the slot.
     
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