Wes Montgomery L5 Tailpiece

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  1. zegie

    zegie New Member

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    After months of ceaseless searching, I have finally got myself a new SX GG7.

    The tailpiece will need to be replaced and I am thinking of something like the Wes Montgomery L5 Tailpiece. I make jewellery in my spare time so am considering making such a tailpiece from brass and silver. Does any one know if this has been done before and if there might be any templates – otherwise I will prepare some drawings based on photos and assumptions and give it a go. Sadly I am not in a position to pay $700 for a new one – unless anyone knows an alternative source?

    If I go ahead with the tailpiece I'll post a thread on the project from drawings to finished article.

    Any help/support/guidance welcome.

    Thanks

    Zeg.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Can you post a pic of the tailpiece you are looking for?
    You never know but what one of us has one in our junque box. :smilegrin:
     
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    700 bucks for that? I hope it sounds like 700 bucks cause it certainly doesn't look like 700 bucks
     
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    Considering they are gold plated and come on an $8,000 guitar, it's not outrageous to expect owners to shell out a mere $700 for a replacement.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Translation = Considering you buy them from Gibson, $700 is cheap. If you could get one from Stew-Mac it would be $25 or thereabouts.
     
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    And it'd be Gotoh.
     
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    Thats the one! I reckon I could make one in a few days and for a LOT less tha $700.

    Anyone got measurements?

    Zeg.
     
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    I just so happen to have an original 1952 L5 acoustic here at home which I'm reconditioning for a friend. It has the exact same tailpiece by the looks of the picture. Will measurements of that help you out? If so, are there any specific parts of it that you need measured other then the overall dimensions?
     
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    zegie New Member

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    That would be fantastic. You are very kind.

    What I propose to do is draw up a dimensioned blue print so that I and other AGF members can refer to it (If that is OK by you). I am a draftsmam (or to be precise - was, until I retired).

    So with that in mind, critical dimensions would be useful such as would enable me to prepare a drawing.

    If by any chance you have the means to measure the thickness of the metals that would be useful too (but not essential).

    I dont want to put you to too much trouble so even a photo of it with a rule across it would help.

    Again many thanks.

    Zeg.
     
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    A 1952 Gibson L5?? Sheesh Lawrie!
     
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    Much thanks to you and Lawrie if that becomes a reality! :bowdown:
     
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    My pleasure Zeg. I'm assuming you want the dimensions in metric right?

    Definitely fine by me.

    I can measure the thickness as well. I'll be working on the guitar over the weekend and will upload pics along with as much detailed info as possible.

    Stay tuned :)

    [hr]
    LOL.... from the original owners too. I'm very close with the family and only found out that they had this guitar recently. It was bought brand new from a shop in New York in 1952. It's in reasonable shape and won't need much to get it back into playing condition.

    The only let down for me is that they originally referred to it as the "Wes Montgomery guitar (L5 CES)", but when I opened the case, I saw that it was a straight up L5 acoustic with no cutaway. Damn!!!!

    Nice guitar though and in the original case.
     
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    Ditto!

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    That's the exact guitar I have in my possession but with the pickguard intact.
     
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    Always good stuff when Lawrie shows up - good to hear from you!
     
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    Thanks Lawrie. Metric or imperial whatever comes easiest.

    Despite the fact us Brits are supposed to be 'Europeanised' I'm old enough to remember, use (and love) those good ol feet and inches.

    To illustrate how crazy this metrication lark has become, children learn to measure in metres and centimetres, the construction industry work in metres and millimeters, We count distance travelled in miles, have decimal coinage and buy our eggs in dozens.

    Hey, but us Brits were always a bit screwed up.

    Looking forward to seeing the pics. Have a great weekend.

    Zeg.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    I was living in Peterborough (in the Fen Country) when y'all switched from
    L-S-D to decimal currency & that was a trip!
    Suddenly people couldn't figure out whether they had the correct change or not,
    even tho they were the same coins they were using the day before! :smilegrin:
     
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    Beautiful part of the country.
    Re. the coinage -we are still struggling!:puzzled:

    Zeg.
     
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    How's this for service :)

    I took several photos so here's a link to the entire album. Included in there are the measurements.

    Zeg.... if you need anything more, please let me know. I'm starting work on the guitar so I'll have it for a while.

    1952 Gibson L5 Acoustic
     

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