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Great ABR-1 shootout!

Zoomer

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Hey,

I saw this great ABR-1 shoot out on YouTube. I thought I would share it. 🙂

 
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Señor Verde

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Playing the video on my computer, the FU and Faber sounded very similar. Callaham and stock Gibson sounded very similar. I've been using Faber and am happy with them.
 

Cliff Gress

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The FU bridge is not inexpensive, like 400+ EU. The Fabers come in under 100EU. Am I missing something? Why go FU when it sounds so similar to the Faber?
 

Tommy Tourbus

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Anyone know where I can get a Callaham ABR? Looks like he's no longer making them and I'm not finding one for sale anywhere
 

tdarian

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I have both a Faber and a Four Uncles. I also have wired and non wired Gibsons and also a zinc Pigtail. I also have 3 Custom Shop Les Pauls and have tried these bridges on each.

I preferred the stock Gibson ABR1 on my 2021 R9.

I preferred the Pigtail on the 2011 R7.

I preferred the Four Uncles on my 2007 R6.

I liked the Faber, it was very good on every guitar, looked the best I think and seemed mechanically sound.
 

renderit

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I have both a Faber and a Four Uncles. I also have wired and non wired Gibsons and also a zinc Pigtail. I also have 3 Custom Shop Les Pauls and have tried these bridges on each.

I preferred the stock Gibson ABR1 on my 2021 R9.

I preferred the Pigtail on the 2011 R7.

I preferred the Four Uncles on my 2007 R6.

I liked the Faber, it was very good on every guitar, looked the best I think and seemed mechanically sound.
So...Kinda like pickups?

I have now almost NEVER not tried many different types in anything I decide to change. (Enough negatives to make my professors roll in their graves (Except I suspect they were all vampires (But I guess they could still roll then).).).

JUST because something else MIGHT sound better on them.

I am convinced there is more to this game than a SIMPLE switch.

And that is just to get what I want. Which may not be what you want. Which means MY giving advice is WORTHLESS.

BUTT (and I don't like 'em big) it also convinces me that NO LP is crap, they just need the right ingredients.

And all of them I have bought or worked with have been pretty good to start.

My saying pickup X is better than pickup Y (which I have never done) may result in a lucky pairing for you.

But not the perfect pairing...
 

LeonC

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His guitar doesn't have vintage-style posts mounted directly in the wood. So how transferable is this example going to be to guitars that do? You think the way the bridge is mounted isn't going to have some impact on the sound/sustain?

Moreover -- I think there's no one bridge, or pickup or nut or what have you that's "best" for all Les Pauls (or SGs, Vs, Firebirds, Strats, whatever). The sound you get from your guitar is the sum of all the components working together (no to mention the amp and the player's touch). So these kind of comparisons, while sometimes interesting, are just not that meaningful.
 

tdarian

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His guitar doesn't have vintage-style posts mounted directly in the wood. So how transferable is this example going to be to guitars that do? You think the way the bridge is mounted isn't going to have some impact on the sound/sustain?

Moreover -- I think there's no one bridge, or pickup or nut or what have you that's "best" for all Les Pauls (or SGs, Vs, Firebirds, Strats, whatever). The sound you get from your guitar is the sum of all the components working together (no to mention the amp and the player's touch). So these kind of comparisons, while sometimes interesting, are just not that meaningful.
Agreed
 
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