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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:39 am 
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Hello everybody. I'm new here and somewhat new to Electras. Here's my story.

I traded my first guitar (no name Tele knock-off) for a pre-lawsuit Gold Top Super Rock when I was about 16. Someone had put an EMG in in the neck, and I didn't think the guitar was anything special. It didn't fit in the case I had, so I cut the top of the headstock off . . . yeah, the part with the logo. Ah, youth. I sold it to a friend, who I think still has it, for $75 when I was about 21. After learning a bit more about these guitars, I always regretted trashing Goldie and letting her go like that, but what can you do?

So, yesterday I was perusing Craigslist, as I do nearly every day, and I came upon a Music Man HD130 410 for $175. I already have a 210-65, but that's such a good deal I couldn't pass it up. Called the guy, and he's got a guitar too. They were his grandfather's, and gramps played them in church. They've been sitting in a basement for God knows how long. I asked what the guitar was, and I thought he said "Electric Custom." I said, "yeah, but what is the brand?" He said, "Electra." He told me I could have both for $350. SOLD!

When I looked at the guitar in the car, it was dirty, but the neck seemed straight, and the only thing I could see right off is that it's missing the tremolo spring. It's a 2259, the SG style. I used to have a '65 SG Special in cherry, so I'm getting excited about the guitar.

Got them home, the amp needed a fuse, but sounds great! Eventually it will need a recap, but I've recapped a MusicMan before, no biggie. It's an afternoon's worth of work.

The guitar was making no sound at all. Checked the switch with a multimeter, and it's shot. I got a new one at the store, hit all the pots with contact cleaner, threw in a new output jack, and she's back to life. Wow, this guitar is great! plays every bit as smooth as my old SG, and sounds wonderful. I was originally thinking I'd flip the guitar to make the money back, but I think something else from my collection is getting the axe (so to speak).

Now, here's the question: can anyone tell me if a standard Bigsby spring will fit into the trem on this guitar? I've got it blocked right now, but I'd like to get it fully functional if possible.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:22 pm 
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Welcome to the forums and Thanks for a great story. That one is a keeper for certain and looks great. YOu may want to ask forum member Jead as he did a complete restoration on an SG model so he may know about the Bigsby issue. Good Luck and Welcome. :up:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:45 am 
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Nice axe - welcome aboard.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:51 am 
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You got a good deal on that Electra, they're not too common and yours is in great shape! Hope you love it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:38 pm 
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There are a number of Bigsby or "bigsby-style" springs on eBay - I think they are mostly 7/8" in diameter - that will most likely work --- welcome & nice ax !!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:18 am 
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Well, I ordered a 7/8 spring and it didn't quite fit right. It was a little too high so I tried to grind it down. I got it to work, kind of. But then I couldn't get the arm angle the way I wanted. In the end I just took the arm off so it won't get in the way. No problem, I'm not much of a wiggler.

I'm really enjoying this guitar. It's very nicely balanced and sounds really good.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:58 am 
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I converted mine to a hard tail and I think I might have the spring.......


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:06 am 
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Wow Jead! That would be incredible if we could work something out. If you want to part with it, let me know. I'm very interested. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:11 pm 
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I'll rummage around and see if I have it.


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