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Gibson EDS-1275 – the Felder Mod

It’s been a while but I haven’t been twiddling my thumbs.  I’m just hopelessly deficient in updating the website.  But I’ve had some great stuff in the shop recently.  This one is a Gibson EDS-1275 doubleneck, aka “The Jimmy Page” model, belonging to Darren Wise, guitarist for Dallas hard rock band Brand New Machine.

She’s a beauty, but Darren doesn’t like the intonation on the 12-string neck.  Gibson manufactures these with the same bridge on the 12-string neck as they do on the 6-string neck.  Therefore, you can’t intonate the saddles for the octave strings independent of the root strings.  For some people, that’s okay – it does give the guitar a natural chorus effect due to the slightly-off tuning.  However, for studio purposes as Darren is using it, it makes it unusable.

Our first attempt used a replacement bridge with individual saddles:

While this fixed the intonation issue, the bridge was far from perfect and had too much wobble in the saddles, resulting in buzzing.  Additionally, it just had something inherent in it that made the client HATE it.  So off it came.

I ran across an obscure reference to Don Felder’s doubleneck (the one used in live versions of  “Hotel California”) and his repairman’s fix for it.  They replaced the stock saddles with bone ones that were separately filed for each string.  What the hell, I figure…if he could do it so can I.

The B and E string saddles don’t need to be replaced as they are synchronous.  The strings are now intonated damn near perfectly and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Next week: I do the same mod using bone saddles made out of Don Henley’s integrity.  I anticipate failure.

~ by badmin on May 16, 2012.

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