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Pics of my new ES130
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12guitdown
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:25 am    Post subject: Pics of my new ES130 Reply with quote

Finally, I got around to posting some pics. I've now had it for about two months. Replaced the amber top hats with mirror cap knobs, plain gibby trussrod cover and strap locks(schaller). I'll be swapping out pu's and all electronics soon. The flames are outstanding on this one! Btw, I got the neck all straightened on this but the nut slots need to be opened up a little more. Thanks guys.
Enjoy,
Gary

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gary,

Congrats ... she's so beautiful ... although I prefer sb ...

... and the changes are actually an upgrade on the overall look ... good job !!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. How do you mean, you got the neck straightened?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there, lovely guitar, hopefully get mine in a couple of weeks, waiting for Richtone to ring to say its been delivered.

Two quick questions mate, im planning on changing the amber tone covers to black ones, is it easy to do (as in pull them off and push new ones on?)

Also, i wanted to change the truss rod cover as well, where did you source yours from, IMO they look a lot nicer than the tokai standard ones.

Thanks,
James.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
Nice. How do you mean, you got the neck straightened?

Mike


I'd used the term loosely. Recently I posted some problems with the setup of the guitar and simply "tightened the trussrod" a bit, and all is well. There was nothing wrong with the integrity of the guitar.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JJBennett wrote:


Two quick questions mate, im planning on changing the amber tone covers to black ones, is it easy to do (as in pull them off and push new ones on?)

Also, i wanted to change the truss rod cover as well, where did you source yours from, IMO they look a lot nicer than the tokai standard ones.

Thanks,
James.


Hey there. Changing the knobs was a little challenging because they were stuck on there pretty good. Basically I took a small screwdriver and put it underneath the knob with the tip on top of the pot nut and pried it just a little. and then rotated the knob a little and did it again. I repeated this procedure until I could feel it release and then lifted it off with my fingers. Some were easier than others.
The new knobs were a little big. Meaning I had to open up the split shafts. And if you've done this before, you know easy it is to bend only one side of the split shaft, the knob will be tight but it will rotate crooked! You don't want that. So to open up the split shaft evenly, insert the screwdriver, preferably a larger one to control the leverage better, into the side of the shaft. Turn it one way, say, right. Only til you feel the right tab move a little. Then turn it left only til you feel that side move a little. Now the shaft is opened up evenly and the knob should rotate parallel with the surface of the guitar. You get the idea.

On the truss cover, I had to drill a new hole about an 1/8 inch north. I kept the hole closet to the nut, mounted the new cover to it, and used the cover as a marking template. Removed the cover and piloted the new hole. I made sure to wrap electrical tape around the bit as a depth guide and safety feature. Make sure to double check the depth. I also used the original mounting screws as the new ones were a little wider.

The parts I used are original Gibson replacement parts, easily found on ebay(US) which most of them ship worldwide.

With a little patience and common sense, you'll have an easy, gratifying makeover.

I hope this helps you out.

Gary
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is not a JAPANESE MADE ES130 is it?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

have you swapped the neck pick up as it seems to be facing the wrong way
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. Good eye there. I did flip it in hopes to decrease some of the boominess. The change was subtle but effective. Lowering the poles on the 6,5, and 4th strings did even more for it. I play with the vol on 8. Because, between 8-10, there is a HUGE freq increase in the bass with little vol increase. This, however, becomes too unbalanced for my tastes. I wonder if you ES and even LS owners experience the same thing with the neck PU?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gary and congratulations! Very beautiful flames on yours!

Just one comment on the TRC: the difference between Tokai drillholes and Gibsons is as you mention.

However, if you order the "old stock" bell TRC from StewMac it would be "just" right.

Cheers. Rup
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Rup. I checked those out but only saw the current stock. The current one doesn't even look like the original. Similar, but knock off looking. So do the old stock ones look more gibson like?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gary,
yes, they do. They are "smaller" at the bottom end and are just a tad shorter.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

12guitdown wrote:
Yes it is.
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Are there different versions of the ES130?. Because mine has a Gibbie-esque headstock.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course there are.

The "Open Book" headstock is available in Japan only.

The export version as you can buy in the UK and Canada has a "dimple" on top.
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