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I purchased a 1925 Gibson TB-3 Conversion which had a cracked tailpiece. I then purchased a tensionator as I wanted the control of each string. I was not happy with this and chucked in the extra dough for a Fults Blue Ridge (regular) as it resembles the original Presto tailpiece.
Once everything was set and tuned, I let er have it and the result is shocking! No overtone, old timey and a sweet crackley arch top sound that I never had before. Hell, if Mr. Fults was born a few centuries back, I am certain he have been burned alive at the stake for witchcraft!
I also gave him a call before I purchased the Blue Ridge in order to explain what I am hearing in my playing that I don't like. The phone only rang once, and I spoke to Mr. Fults himself, he invested time in answering my questions and had zero sales pitch.
I am a machinist myself and the workmanship is the best you can ever ask for. No slop, simple and solid. The guy knows his way around a mill. Everything his ad says it can do it does, no low- balling either. The only enphasis I can add is that the lead channels in the tailpiece take out the overtones, so there is really no need for the lead tone pin. I really like the effects of the brass tone pin.
Overall Rating: 10
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