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PostPosted: Thu 30 Nov 2023 12:50 PM 
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A "Proof-of-Life" update to mention several developments. More later.

The index mark inked on the truss rod nut has rotated out of sight in the pocket - est 1/2+ turn , pending review. The 7th fret and those nearby were uniformly moving closer to the straight edge until the most recent adjustment last night after which the relief under the 7th did not seem to have changed, but the relief under frets further up (12th - 14th) may have INCREASED.

I changed the angle of the neck with shims such that the thumb wheel adjusters are back in place on the bridge. The lower limit of saddle height adjustment has the strings not quite down on the frets - now there is a large range of adjustment.

The ability to lower the action height right down to the frets exposes a glaring shortcoming of the roller saddle - it has a decidedly flatter radius than the neck. I am considering options: live with it, increase the existing saddle's radius, make a replacement saddle, ...

The biggest revelation has to do with strings.

At some point in the past (90's, 00's ??), I took the instrument to a shop and asked someone who appeared to be knowledgeable for help selecting replacement strings. Keep in mind that this is a short scale (24.41"/620mm), acoustic electric, thinline, hollowbody, archtop and I was (am) obviously an absolute tender-tipped novice. Based on the "Expert's" recommendation, what I took home and installed were EJ11 D'Addario 80/20 Bronze Strings for an acoustic, featuring four wound and two steel strings with gauges of .012, 016, .024, .032, .042, .053.

First off, I no longer recall the timing or reasoning as to why I removed the pick-ups, controls and harness at some point in the past. But if it was AFTER installing those strings and because of how the bronze strings sounded through the amplifier, then I would like to go back in time to have a, errr, conversation with my "Expert" about his recommendation.

Then there is the matter of the string gauge he recommended. 0.012-0.053 ??? For a short scale (24.41"/620mm), acoustic electric, thinline, true hollowbody, archtop which happened to have what has already been shown to be unusually high action ??? To be played by a novice ???

Honestly ...

For now I'll just say that I replaced those bronze bridge suspension cables with D'Addario's Nickel Wound EXL120's: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042.

Low action, light strings - WOW, what a revelation !! There is light at the end of this tunnel, and it is not a train.

** === Supplemental: Contemporary String Gauge Fitment Study

* = Archtops (hollow & semi-hollow) similar to my 1968 MiJ hollow thinline 24.41" (620mm)

Epiphone Casino/ (USA) Casino
Scale Length: 24.75 (628.65 mm)
Strings: D'Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46

Epiphone Casino Coupe (Hollow version of an ES-339 - smaller body)
Scale Length: 24.75 (628.65 mm)
Strings: 010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

Epiphone UpTown Kat ES (Semi-hollow ES-339)
Scale Length: 24.724 (628.0 mm - slightly shorter)
Strings: 010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

Epiphone Sheraton (upscale Semi-hollow ES-335)
Scale Length: 24.75 (628.65 mm)
Strings: 010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

Epiphone Broadway
Scale Length: 25.5 (647.7 mm)
Strings: 012-.016-.024-.032-.042-.052

* = Short Scale Solid Bodies

Squier Mini Strat
Scale Length: 22.75" (578 mm)
Strings: Fender USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)

Squire Mustang
SCALE LENGTH: 24" (610 mm)
STRINGS: Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)

Fender Mustang
SCALE LENGTH: 24" (610 mm)
Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Dec 2023 05:22 PM 
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That's exactly the opposite of what I'm doing... in general I use thicker string gauges for shorter scale, and go lighter as the scale gets longer.

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