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10-4 on fret height reduction, leveling and crowning. My new to me '08 Gibson ES-355 was unplayable until I begged "The Best" luthier I know to save my fanny....... Boy did that ever make a difference.

Obviously the guys who currently design Gibson guitars can't even spell vintage, much less have any idea what it means and may not have ever seen an actual vintage one either.

I'll crawl back in my hole now.............

ed

Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. Did I mention that I sill like big blonde amps?

Derekirving &Stoopy besides the Pure Vintage '59
Pickups what about the Pure Vintage '65 Pickups?
Is there a difference in sound between the two sets?
I see that Amazon sell them or would I get a better
price at a local music store. Will either set fit into
the Pick guard that is on the guitar.

Lou D

Lou, they should fit in your quitar just fine, they're straight replacement strat pickups and the strat I put them in is also a MIM model.

Maybe someone else here can speak to the Vintage '65 pickups as I have no experience with them but I'd bet they've prolly been discussed here before, I just haven't done a search. I chose the '59's based on what I read plus the fact that I was going for an "earlier" vintage surf sound. From the info on the box it looks like the '65's are biased a bit more toward the treble side - the 59's do have a nice warmth to them:

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When in doubt... glissando!

Last edited: Mar 16, 2019 18:49:15

@twinreverb Check this video out, specifically the '59 and '65. I know these are not the exact guitar as yours, but it should give you an idea. To me, the '65's are a bit brighter/aggressive/edgier. The '59's are sweeter sounding. (the 56's are great sounding too super hard to find but they are Alnico 3 where the 59 and 65 are Alnico 5)

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Guys thanks for your help I did watch the video and I
like the 56 & 59 Pickups. The 65 pickups are just to
Bright so I'll look for the 56 or 59 set. The 59's I
could get at a local music store or of Amazon but I'll
also check Reverb and Ebay. Thanks

Lou D

eddiekatcher wrote:

10-4 on fret height reduction, leveling and crowning. My new to me '08 Gibson ES-355 was unplayable until I begged "The Best" luthier I know to save my fanny....... Boy did that ever make a difference.

Obviously the guys who currently design Gibson guitars can't even spell vintage, much less have any idea what it means and may not have ever seen an actual vintage one either.

I'll crawl back in my hole now.............

ed
Bad fret work or just too big? Personally, I'm ok with anything from vintage size (well not vintage Mosrite or Gibby fretless wonder)to medium jumbo as long as they are properly leveled, crowned and don't have fingerboard sprout.

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As the guitar came from Gibson, to me it was pretty much un-playable, the frets were too high and too narrow. Sliding up and down the fret board was unnerving and uncomfortable as the rise on the frets was too abrupt. Kind of like driving over speed bumps in your car. Additionally, it wouldn't stay in tune worth a pooh. The frets were lowered, leveled and re-crowned. The nut was replaced with real bone. Way better, slinky.

ed

Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. Did I mention that I sill like big blonde amps?

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