Maestro retrofit

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  1. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    What a pain in the backside. Started with a reproduction (in other words, fake) Maestro that did not fit. Thought I'd ruined my Pelham Blue body, and tranferred the parts to a worn cherry Special body.

    Got my hands on a genuine Maestro, and whew, it went on using the previous holes. Had to buy pickups for this one, and 61s were not available on eBay at the moment, so a 490R/498T set was a good substitute.

    Still waiting for the chip and tip.

    A little close to the bridge but there's still room.

    Tom

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    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    Nylon fasteners used as hole plugs in the stoptail bushings.

    Tom
     
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    How did you ground it?
     
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    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    Haven't, yet. We'll see how it goes.

    Tom
     
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    Which repro Maestro did you use first?
     
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    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    I received it from another member on this site. I don't know where it came from; I only know the spring section was the wrong shape.

    I don't want to accuse this individual; I hope it wasn't known it was a repro.

    In any event, the "Gibson" wasn't engraved as on the real Maestro.

    Tom
     
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    Lynurd Fireburd Active Member

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    I don't think you need to. When i pulled the jank Maestro off my IYV copy it wasn't grounded that I remember.

    What was the issue with the original Vibrola? I wonder if it was the same issue as mine (& others).

    Pics?
     
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    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    What pics do you want?

    The issue was the curved spring, not flat enough, too strong.

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    On Epis and most copies the Maestro is grounded to the bridge.On Gibsons, it's grounded to the tail piece through the tailpiece bushing.
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    Mine is grounded to the frame of the Maestro.
     
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    Lynurd Fireburd Active Member

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    Pics of the offending issue.

    Not flat enough? The IYV Maestro's lip on the spring that held the comb was a fraction to slim. The comb would slant & not lock in at the correct angle. Same comb worked fine on a different Maestro spring.

    That's different. The bridge/stop are grounded physically & by extension the Maestro. OP was talking about a ground physically touching the Maestro somewhere, at least that's how I understood it.
     

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