tigerstrat wrote:What is the source of the story that the 2-piece pickguard was accidentally broken?
waldo041 wrote:this link will show that Wolf's first bridge and tailpiece were very similiar to alligator last incanation. No brass block under the bridge but it is raised off the wood with something. later it gets a harmonica bridge and the tailpiece loses it's wood underneath but has a channel routed into wolf for the string ball ends instead.
http://www.backstagegallery.com/photode ... 8-003.html
waldo041 wrote:Dleaonard, Amazing shot! THANKS!
although the brass block is not that visible. i believe i do see it. that aside, i do now see that the wood under the bridge and tailpiece is uniform and NOT wedge shaped. that bridge doesn't sit on the brass block like the peanut guitar does. it's raised by that woods height or there is some sorta spacer arrangement. this, imo, supports my theory that jerry was finding his setup/action with this guitars changes. this bridge sits higher then the previous modded one does and the string distance to the tailpiece is longer also. on a strat, i bet he might even had to offset the neck with a shim by a degree or 2 to get things just right. this is essentially the setup he played the rest of his career. aside from the beans they all had this setup, bridge tailpiece and action, after alligator. before, there were plenty of stock instruments being used.
again nice picture and thanks for sharing. where'd you get it?
RiverRat wrote:I don't think the neck is shimmed nor do I think that the bridge rests on the the wood... The wood is to cover the trem block cavity portion that isn't filled by the brass block. and the neck appears to sit fairly fluch in the pocket. Plus, I don't believe it would be necessary to shim the neck, the V2 Gator bridge sat very low... anyone that has cranked down their strat bridge and blocked it know just how low the assembly sits on the body. And that bridge was nothing more than a variation of a stock strat tailpiece.
Waldo041 wrote:this is essentially the setup he played the rest of his career. aside from the beans they all had this setup, bridge tailpiece and action, after alligator.
RiverRat wrote:the tailpiece looks flush to the body, same as it does in the photo from 7/18/72.
tigerstrat wrote:RiverRat wrote:the tailpiece looks flush to the body, same as it does in the photo from 7/18/72.
I missed this. Where is that pic? 7/18/72 is one of my alltime fave incredible Dark Stars; would love to see a shot from there.
waldo041 wrote:i do want to add that tiger and rosebuds Tailpieces are way taller then any of them. therefore their distance does not have to be as far as wolfs. ie.. their string angles should ride about the same as wolf given the higher height.
RiverRat wrote:What I wonder about now is the SHAPE of the brass block under the bridge, the route they did probably doesn't extend all the way through the body. A lip was probably left to hold the block in place and prevent the bridge from pushing it back through the body and out the back side of the tremolo cavity. And the wood filler piece does extend UNDER the bridge to hold the brass block against the body rout.
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