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ABR-1 question

zoork_1

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I recently bought a 1962 ES-175 and I'm planning to put an ABR-1 on it.
I've looked at some alternatives, but I'd appreciate all advices on how to tell a vintage ABR-1 from a CS reproduction.
Thanks in advance.

(Sorry for not posting in the "The Other Gibsons" but I thought an ABR-1 question could fit here)
 
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zoork_1

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I've learned that the flat'ish font used for "ABR-1" differs from most replicas, but is there a more convinient way to immediately tell them apart?
 

zoork_1

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There seems to be two things that are key to dentifying a vintage ABR-1 a) the flat "ABR-" font and the surrounding rectangle's sharp edges, and b) saddles have the mill marks.
Did I miss any other obvious characteristic?
 

Frutiger

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Original ABR-1 bridges have a slight taper to the ends that most repro's doesn't have. It's subtle but it's there and once you've seen it you can spot a repro a mile off.

Lots of repro bridges I've seen also have a thicker back wall than vintage ones.
 

zoork_1

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Sorry for late reply,
Anyway, thanks for your input. Though, I'm not really sure about the "taper" thing. Is this something that's visible on the upside?
 

zoork_1

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I finally got a nice 50's ABR-1, big thanks to you that adviced me.
 

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zoork_1

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More pics...
 

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Mr. Legit

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While I am not an expert, I am writing you because I wouldn’t want to see you get burned.

In my opinion, this bridge you‘ve shared as a 1950s bridge looks questionable. Based off the photos you’ve posted, certain issues should concern you. The way the “1” is shaped is not consistent with a typical 1950s ABR1, and the saddles look to be incorrect. There are also several other issues. I would beware of a vintage bridge in such clean shape without adequate research because these pieces are very expensive.

If you have further questions please feel free to message me at info@coopermusicalcomponents.com, and I’d be glad to help you if need be with what I know. I tried to private message you, but to no avail.
 
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zoork_1

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Thanks for sharing your concerns, I'll take them into account while scrutinizing this one....
It comes in an original box with setup instructions, a screw driver and the brazilian rosewood base.
 
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