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rim - tone ring compatibility question

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Apr 6, 2020 - 12:19:36 PM
65 posts since 2/16/2020

I need an old-time pot for my StewMac. There's a rim cut for flathead tone ring
"top cut for Gibson-style flathead tone ring" in the market place. And I also see flathead tone rings on ebay. My question is how standardized are flathead tone rings. If I bought the rim from one merchant and the tone ring from another could I be reasonably confident that they would be compatible? Robert

Apr 6, 2020 - 12:58:16 PM

65 posts since 2/16/2020

Just to be clear this is how the rim is described: "top cut for Gibson-style flathead tone ring" and it is 3/4" thick

Apr 6, 2020 - 1:24:21 PM

12830 posts since 10/30/2008

I believe you have to check out "skirt length" to see how the rim is cut. Long skirt or short skirt. I don't know any more about it than that.

Apr 6, 2020 - 3:12:23 PM

65 posts since 2/16/2020

Thanks. There seem to be 2 critical dimensions, and that would seem to be one of them. Glad to know what it's called. Robert

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:12:56 PM

4476 posts since 11/20/2004

As mentioned above, most fall into the short or long regarding skirt length. The inside ID varies from ring to ring by several thousandths of an inch. It would be rare to buy a separate ring and rim and get the exact fit. But, if too tight, the rim can be shaved down and if too loose,wood can be added and turned back down if you have the skills or a friend that does.

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