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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by stiv, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. stiv

    stiv Gretschie

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    ... in the sense that I received this baby some week ago.
    I produced a friend's record and he payed me back by giving me this The Loar to me. I was reclutant at first (I'm not a producer, and he was my friends so I wouldn't mind to do it for free) but he insisted so much that I brought her home (also, I needed another guitar for Vestapol tuning on stage...:)).
    I owned a '62 330 in the past (and I still own a '64 SG) so I know vintage Gibsons well, and this little archtop it seems very well built to me. Althoug they are korean made, they have a nice binding, confortable neck and stay in tune (even with .12 strings and very high action, as I mostly play slide).
    The glossy paint it's not my favourite thing in the world, and the wooden bridge (more than that, the wooden base that seems to be plastic...) it's not the best but... It sounds right on the guitar.
    Plus, it seems to be part of a limited batch (my friend bought it in Ireland while on vacation there) with an old-fashioned P90 (it has round poles like a Dynasonics, and no metal base like a regular P90...) that sounds a lot like a Charlie Christian pickup (or a Jazzmaster pickup). Very clean, very single-coil sounding, which I really like... I never owned a 125T-type guitar before, but this seems right for me and for the music I play at the moment. One day I'd love to check how a lipstick sounds on it like one of that old 120s...

    Now, I have some extra money on my paypal account so... Do you guys see a Bigsby on it? I mean, with a new roller bridge and a new pinned base? Or will I loose most of her tonal qualities? I'm really undecided. Even on what Bigsby (just in case) to buy for her... B6 or B7? I'd really love to see a fixed arm Bigsby on it... ;)
    What do you think? (sorry for the crap pic. My cell phone couldn't do any better...).


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  2. Armygirl

    Armygirl Country Gent

    Mar 14, 2014
    I always love an NGD post..... sort of or otherwise!

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  3. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    To me, a Bigsby on a guitar that's mainly for slide is useless. It even might kill some tone because it will dampen the top a bit. These babies are fine the way they are - they could be better, at least my LH-300 could be, but it's ok.
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  4. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    That's a cool lookin geet congrats,but i'd leave it as is.
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, that is very nice. Bigsby, roller bridge? What are you talking about?
    Start with a new wooden bridge base and take it from there. ;)
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    It really looks cool and "old". But I would really refuse to invest any money to upgrade a cheap guitar.
    I would take it as it is. Sometimes even cheapness is very enjoyable.
  7. blc45

    blc45 Country Gent

    Aug 23, 2011
    Well, congratulations! sorta!
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    The trapeze and wood bridge are part of the coolness imo. Congrats i really like those.
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  9. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Oct 5, 2009
    I'd leave this one alone. Change the bridge-base if you must do anything.
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  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    You have a good friend . I would just leave it the way it is
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  11. stiv

    stiv Gretschie

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Well, I guess I could save my money for some other GAS...:)
    It's just that... when I play this guitar (that sounds surprisingly good, especially for that kind of Black-Keys-type of blues) I miss my Bigsby sooo much...;) but I don't want to mess up with her tone. Like they say, if isn't broken...

    Thanks fellas for the kind responses.
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