NGD: Gibson G45 Standard

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Re: NGD: Gibson G45 Standard

Post by Scout » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:52 am

I hope I didn’t come across as snarky, it’s exactly what my wife would have said, hahaha. I do like the traditional Gibson keystone tuners over the Martin butterbean but they are quite big.

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Re: NGD: Gibson G45 Standard

Post by Jonesie » Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:12 am

Scout wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:52 am
I hope I didn’t come across as snarky, it’s exactly what my wife would have said, hahaha. I do like the traditional Gibson keystone tuners over the Martin butterbean but they are quite big.
Not at all, I was just trying to clarify, hah.

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Re: NGD: Gibson G45 Standard

Post by Jonesie » Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:43 pm

Well, after nearly a year of owning this I decided to do the mods that I wanted to do on this.

- Replaced tuners with 3-on-a-plate Kluson
- Pulled the (meh) electronics
- Replaced the TUSQ saddle with a handcut bone saddle

Just got it back last night, but I'm already loving the aesthetics of the new tuners. They feel great too, way better than Grovers did. I'd say the sound is a bit more articulate with the bone saddle, but I also feel that with the lack of the piezo element between the saddle and the bridge that digging in gets the top moving a bit more. I'm excited to hear this as the strings break in a bit more.

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Re: NGD: Gibson G45 Standard

Post by kgbAttack » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:07 am

Tuner looks really good! Would you mind sharing a link to the tuners (store or manufacturer)? I might go for that + bone nut too...I wonder if the saddles would make also a difference? Also, is removing the electronics a reversible mod?

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Re: NGD: Gibson G45 Standard

Post by Jonesie » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:19 am

kgbAttack wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:07 am
Tuner looks really good! Would you mind sharing a link to the tuners (store or manufacturer)? I might go for that + bone nut too...I wonder if the saddles would make also a difference? Also, is removing the electronics a reversible mod?
Here are the tuners, you'll need conversion bushings too: https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-hardw ... hines.html

The saddle would make more of a difference than the nut, imho.

The electronics can be put back in, but it's a bit invasive to get them out. You have to fish out all the wires and there's an adhesive holding the volume/tone knob part to the body. If I need electronics eventually I'll put in an M1A or a K&K pickup.

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Re: NGD: Gibson G45 Standard

Post by pacemaker » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:25 pm

Those white-button 3-on-a-plate tuners are a big favorite of mine – they look great on your guitar! Good upgrades on the saddle and nut, too. 8)

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