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  1. You're right WRG it wasn't a pretty job! I went to a couple of hardware stores and ended up buying the 'bore into screw' type. It was a special 'mini' bore size tool set. But even the smallest bore was still too big for the screw! I ended up drilling a bunch of holes around the screw, and eventually after a lot of drilling and filing I was finally able to get a pliers around the screw and unscrew it! Next I used wood fill to fill up the hole. Then sanded the top of the fill and drilled a new hole for the new screw. It worked! But again it wasn't pretty.
  2. OK this is going to be a really tough one I fear. When I opened her up and unscrewed the screws from the tail-piece one of them came out really short, like two or three threads only. I quickly saw that the screw had broken and only its head came out, with the body of the screw remaining in the wood. Has anyone ever had to deal with a problem like this before? And we are not talking about an accessible hole here. It's a hole accessible only from the outside of the guitar and it's plugged with a broken screw that is flush with the outside. Any elegant ideas on how to get that broken part of the screw out?
  3. Thanks Grant. That's a good idea to keep the original wiring should I go ahead with a refurb. Right now we've got holidays here and there isn't anyone good local to do the job that I know of, so I'll wait until next week to decide my next move.
  4. Thanks. I was thinking the same. I've done re-wiring and soldering stuff in the past, but I'm certainly not a pro at it! You are right, for a guitar like this I'd rather have it done perfectly. BTW, what's your take on that cap? I don't know what they used exactly back then. StewMac has an assortment. The closest looking one they have is an Emerson I think, paper-in-oil.
  5. Yeah I was careful with the heavy pickup not to lay it on the body but not as careful with the pots. I've got a boatload of guitars, but this one is definitely the sweetest of them all.
  6. Thanks Freeman and WRG for your help! OK today I decided to bite the bullet and open her up. I believe I spotted the problem but would like your expert opinion on what my next steps should be. I will upload a photo so you can see what looks to be the problem. I think everything is original and massively corroded. I cleaned off the bottom of the pickup but these pots look like they should be changed. I see a huge cap and one end has come unsoldered. If you recommend I change the pots and cap please let me know and also a good wiring diagram would be helpful. This is an ES-175 single PU, 1953. If I should change them I'd probably order from Stew-Mac. I'd need to know the pot values and the cap type/value. Also, if I change them, could I use the existing PU wire or should I also order another PU wire? The ground wire connection looks OK, but I guess if I change the PU wire I'd have to resolder it to the new one. Thanks!
  7. Thanks Freeman. I haven't gotten around to taping the wire down yet, but I was just playing the guitar and noticed something else. This is through a small Fender tube amp. In addition to the wire buzzing when those notes/chords are played, there is a nasty hum (high pitch) happening as well. As soon as I put my finger inside the F-hole and touch the wire the hum goes away almost entirely. Would you know if I tape the wire to the top if this hum will go away (ground hum)? Or will I need to do something else?
  8. I tried a Chet Atkins nylon not too long ago and didn't care for its tone or weight. I have a Godin Multiac Nylon though that I highly recommend.
  9. Thanks Freeman. So you would opt for taping down the wire to the wood top rather than trying to get the wire to float inside away from the top?
  10. OK I tracked the buzz to the thin pickup wire going from the volume pot to the single PU. It's touching the top wood. Guidance on what to do now would be appreciated. An easy but 'permanent' fix?
  11. I guess I've been out of the loop for too long here. Last I heard they were declaring bankruptcy. Now they're announcing a new line of guitars? Huh?
  12. I fall victim to guitar buzzes every once in a while... This time it's a Gibson ES-175 archtop, single P90 pickup. I made good progress a couple of days ago. The buzz is coming from inside the guitar. It happens only when certain notes/chords are played. When I push a finger inside the fretboard side of the bottom F-hole and apply some pressure to the wood, the buzz stops! I haven't pulled anything out from the guitar yet and would like some tips on how to proceed next to pinpoint the source and fix it. Thanks!
  13. I had an idea last night. I thought of BIAB. I asked the question on their forum and it seems like that would be a better way to go. I think I'll just record some backup tracks to .wav or mp3 files and buy some player to play them back into a PA system. Any player you would recommend for this with a decent screen?
  14. Wow, getting a little closer to my guitar cache size.
  15. Thanks onelife! Well I quickly decided this wasn't going to work very well for me. Besides the above issues, the GR-1 just wasn't tracking well with the SC-55. As soon as I unplugged the SC-55 and played just through the GR-1 the tracking was perfect! No glitches or delays, just perfect. I'll tell you why I dusted off these synths and maybe you could steer me in right direction from here. A possible solo gig came up and I wanted to record accompanying tracks to play over. I thought midi/synth tracks would work fine. I have the Sound Canvas synth module and its accompanying Sound Brush recording/playback module. So the idea was to record the tracks and play them back with the SBrush. But if you guys know of a more modern/efficient way to lay down tracks so they are ready for accompaniment I'm all ears!
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