Gibson Nashville to ABR-1 bridge upgrade

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I want to remove the Nashville bridge, I prefer the ABR-1 design. Don' t ask me why, I don' t know... My eyes prefer the ABR-1 style, so only for cosmetic.

I think that I will use those parts : Black Nashville anchors, conversion posts and Gibson ABR-1 bridge.


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Another option is the TonePros NVR bridge. Basically an ABR for Nashville holes (Like the current Gibson USA ABR) and you get a locking bridge as a bonus. I have them on my 2018 SG and my 2012 LP Traditional.
 

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Talk to Lonnie about the Creamtone Kalamazoo conversion. Badabing, badaboom, you have studs into wood, and you're back to Kalamazoo.

In all seriousness, I've done the conversion on 3 guitars, and I can't recommend it enough.
 

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I play whatever type of bridge comes with the guitar, but a Wraparound bridge is my favorite bridge design.

Keep it simple.
 

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Point being, I prefer the Creamtone for the simple fact that you can use any ABR-1 you want. My Firebird I did the conversion to because there was too much of a back angle with the Maestro for the Nashville (and also I agree - they look better) and used a Gibson Chrome Wired ABR for it.

I' taking about this, Conversion Studs Nashville to 7mm/6-32 inch,
Same result with black inserts :
https://www.faberguitar.com/iNsert-...uds-7mm-6-32inch-Steel-nickel-plated-glossy_1

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Point being, I prefer the Creamtone for the simple fact that you can use any ABR-1 you want. My Firebird I did the conversion to because there was too much of a back angle with the Maestro for the Nashville (and also I agree - they look better) and used a Gibson Chrome Wired ABR for it.

Logan, look at this, new Faber conversion studs + ABR-1 bridge. Simple and clean.


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This conversion is a very good upgrade, fantastic!

More sustain, more vibrations, awesome upgrade.
 

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Definitely not an upgrade. Gibson's engineers didn't design a replacement for the ABR-1 just to kill time.

The only upgrade I could think of for BOTH models would be going from Zamak to machined steel, bell brass, or aluminum.
 
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The Nashville bridge is downgrade for sure and the big crap Nashville bridge is awful imho.

The Gibson ABR-1 is really sexy, with a good mount with good parts the result is very good for sustain and cool vibrations.


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On my trans ebony SG Standard I glued black inserts and adapters to obain the same. I used LOCTITE 648 retaining compound (very strong), incredible sustain.

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