Gibson Nashville to ABR-1 bridge upgrade

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  1. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I want to remove the Nashville bridge, I prefer the ABR-1 design. Don' t ask me why, I don' t know... My eyes prefer the ABR-1 style, so only for cosmetic.

    I think that I will use those parts : Black Nashville anchors, conversion posts and Gibson ABR-1 bridge.


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    Why not use a Faber ABRN-bridge? ABR that fits the Nashville posts. I have one on my Les Paul.
     
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    Newer Gibson's use the same anchors, they just swap out with new posts when using the ABR-1
     
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    Another option is the TonePros NVR bridge. Basically an ABR for Nashville holes (Like the current Gibson USA ABR) and you get a locking bridge as a bonus. I have them on my 2018 SG and my 2012 LP Traditional.
     
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    Talk to Lonnie about the Creamtone Kalamazoo conversion. Badabing, badaboom, you have studs into wood, and you're back to Kalamazoo.

    In all seriousness, I've done the conversion on 3 guitars, and I can't recommend it enough.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I play whatever type of bridge comes with the guitar, but a Wraparound bridge is my favorite bridge design.

    Keep it simple.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Faber BSWKIT is screwed into the body and ready to receive ABRN '59 bridge.

    https://www.faberguitar.com/index.php?k=91&lang=eng
     
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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but that only works with faber's bridge (or a nashville if you wanted to go that route). The Creamtone route allows you to use any ABR you fancy.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    That' s right,

     
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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Point being, I prefer the Creamtone for the simple fact that you can use any ABR-1 you want. My Firebird I did the conversion to because there was too much of a back angle with the Maestro for the Nashville (and also I agree - they look better) and used a Gibson Chrome Wired ABR for it.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I' taking about this, Conversion Studs Nashville to 7mm/6-32 inch,
    Same result with black inserts :
    https://www.faberguitar.com/iNsert-...uds-7mm-6-32inch-Steel-nickel-plated-glossy_1

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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Logan, look at this, new Faber conversion studs + ABR-1 bridge. Simple and clean.


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  15. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    It’s a “conversion”, not an “upgrade”.

    Nothing is being upgraded here.

    It’s actually the opposite.

    No need to explain.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Because you can' t explain... LOL
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    This conversion is a very good upgrade, fantastic!

    More sustain, more vibrations, awesome upgrade.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.
     
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    Definitely not an upgrade. Gibson's engineers didn't design a replacement for the ABR-1 just to kill time.

    The only upgrade I could think of for BOTH models would be going from Zamak to machined steel, bell brass, or aluminum.
     
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  20. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    The Nashville bridge is downgrade for sure and the big crap Nashville bridge is awful imho.

    The Gibson ABR-1 is really sexy, with a good mount with good parts the result is very good for sustain and cool vibrations.


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    On my trans ebony SG Standard I glued black inserts and adapters to obain the same. I used LOCTITE 648 retaining compound (very strong), incredible sustain.

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