Hey guys this is my first post. I am about to buy a Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV- Pro in Alpine white. I personally think it would look wicked cool if I replaced the hardware with gold hardware and a custom painted pick guard ( I am artsy ). I was wondering where I could get a replacement bridge in gold as well as gold tuners, volume knobs and tone knob. Also would it be possible to a put gold humbucker covers on the Gibson TB pluses. I know they are ceramic so I am not sure if they are proprietary or if they come apart.
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Welcome to TalkBass CharlieOW.
The tuners and knobs are pretty generic, so no problem getting gold plated ones, but the bridge is a bit trickier, since black and chrome are the standards.
I do remember seeing some good old "oil rig" aftermarket bridges in gold, but Hipshot Supertone would be my choice if I needed a bridge swap.
Contrary to the common information available, I for one haven't had any problems with the classic 3 point bridge.
The gold covers will be more of a hassle, either You have to grind the PU sides down to allow the cover to fit, or you have to get the plastic plated/painted.
I replaced all of my hardware on my Alpine white Tbird Epi Pro with chrome. It was really easy.
You can find gold pickup covers on eBay. First you'll need to strip the black plastic off of the pickups. I used a set of box cutters and wire cutters. Once stripped, you'll want to sand down the sides of the pickups by hand. (For maybe 10 minutes.) Soon enough the gold covers will fit like a glove. The entire process takes an hour or so.
Gold knobs should be easy to find.
Though I have no idea where to find a gold 3 point bridge.
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Everything should be pretty easy to source. The Hipshot Supertone bridge will be the most expensive item, but the covers will be the most work. I would just sand the sides on the original pickups down until they fit in the new covers and glue the covers on with some CA glue.
The Hipshot Supertone (direct replacement) ist available in gold:
Thanks for the info guys!!
be sure you post "before" and "after" pics :bassist:
why not get new pickups instead of sanding down the originals? Kill two birds with one stone, better sound and better looks. I know that lollar makes some tbird pickups in chrome.
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