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Jul 15, 2020 - 11:26:35 AM
1 posts since 6/30/2020

Hello all,

I am buying a TB00 (thin rim) and I'm thinking about putting in a tone ring, but I have a few technical questions:

- Is an archtop-to-flathead ring the only kind that will work? Is the rim too thin to be used with a regular flathead ring?

- Does the rim need to be cut to fit an archtop-to-flathead ring?

- Will installing a tone ring change the depth of the rim, thus requiring a change in the neck fit?

Thanks in advance!

Louie

Jul 15, 2020 - 12:26 PM
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1556 posts since 10/12/2011

Author Hatfield had a flat head ring made to fit these thin rims. Maybe check with him.

Scott

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:02:07 AM

LarsHansen

Denmark

23 posts since 2/1/2016

- Is an archtop-to-flathead ring the only kind that will work? Is the rim too thin to be used with a regular flathead ring?

No, but it's generally thought the be among the 'best' options. A standard flathead tone ring has the cavity turned, and will therefore not rest on such a thin rim as a TB-00. The inner 'lip' of a standard flathead tone ring will not have anything to rest on.
The Sullivan conversion ring has a flat underside, and will therefore have a good surface to rest on the top of the rim, without having to add material to the rim. 
I had a TB-00 thin rim with a Sullivan ring, and it sounded absolutely wonderful. They are good rings for sure.

- Does the rim need to be cut to fit an archtop-to-flathead ring?

Yes. The ring adds height to the rim, so you will have to both turn some of the height off the rim, and turn a ledge for the 'skirt' of the tone ring. It's a good idea to have someone experienced do this for you to ensure that the measurements are right. If you buy a Sullivan conversion ring, you can ideally send them the rim, and have it turned to fit just right.

- Will installing a tone ring change the depth of the rim, thus requiring a change in the neck fit?

No. The outside diameter of your rim should be 11 inches, and the tone ring will be the same, and as such you should not need to have the neck heel altered. The crucial measurements are in the height of the rim, to make sure you still have the correct action. That is, if you ARE happy with the current neck, the current bridge height, and the height of the strings over the fingerboard etc. 

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:36:26 PM

RCraft

Canada

53 posts since 12/31/2016

I would also consider picking up a pyramid ring either from First Quality, or you may be able to get one from Arnold Clayton.

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