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Finally scored an original finish Junior. Not the singlecut I wanted....but its got Les Paul on the headstock!
Last year with his name from the Golden age, 1963.
Plus, it was a one family guitar and is 100% original. My first vintage Gibson without a cracked headstock or other issues!

Its kind of silly as a 1964 SG Jr sells for 1000-1500$ less.

Oh well, and someone famous once said regarding vintage guitars:
"You didn't pay too much, you just bought it too early"

P-90 sounds great.
Neck is big, but hopefully I will get used to it.
Is it really worth upgrading the bridge? I know the G string won't intonate properly.
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Nice, congrats!

I think those bridges are meant for a wound G string.
Notice in this pic at how the ridge for the G string is positioned differently on these bridges...



Yours is like the top one and a more "modern" bridge moves the "saddle" back.
 

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Why does the bridge need upgrading?

There should be set screws for the intonation.
 

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Its made for a wound G string. Lots of people love the mojoaxe. There is a bit of slight ringing/buzz as the slots are worn.
I was hoping for advice from someone who has changed the lightning bridge for a mojoaxe.
It doesn't bother me that much.
I am glad I got this one. I almost caved twice and bought Walnut finish Jr's.
I love the cherry finish. Well worth the wait.
 

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I know the G string won't intonate properly.
Why does the bridge need upgrading?
I'm with Sulphur on this - that's an older tailpiece/bridge and intended for wrapped G strings. For plain G strings, the notch needs to be much further back. The studs seem to be equi-distant from the centre of the string travel, so just about any stop tailpiece/bridge with intonatable saddles should work.

Very nice guitar, by the way!

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You only have to worry about the G string intonation as you go up the fretboard.
If you are up there, just bend the string a bit and no one will notice.
It's a beauty. Keep her as is or get a 3x3 like in sulpher's pic.
 

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not going to fix the problem. you're going to put the others out of tune trying to intonate it for that G.
So what was the original approach supposed to be with those - just try to compromise so that they are all out a little bit but no one of them out a whole lot ?
 

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^ exactly. This is a no-brainer IMHO. Completely reversable mod that will make it play better.

I mean, I would - and I use a wound G.
 

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not going to fix the problem. you're going to put the others out of tune trying to intonate it for that G.
Then swap away I guess. I have to wonder how far out it is too.

I was going to do the switch with my custom 22 - but its fine and im poor, so the original stays.
 

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I just noticed..i have an eL Degas set neck Les Paul Special for sale. I was looking at it and it has an older Epiphone bridge which has the proper spacing. I should swipe it for the Junior, but I have a guy coming to look at it tomorrow.
I guess I can put the original back on and just knock a few bucks off of the price.
 

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Then swap away I guess. I have to wonder how far out it is too.

I was going to do the switch with my custom 22 - but its fine and im poor, so the original stays.
Indeed. Many Telecaster players, myself included, use a saddle meant for a wound G. Mine is close enough to not care at all.
 

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I’ve had this situation many times... since it’s completely reversible in about 10 minutes, buy an aged wrap that has the G correct for a plain G and tuck the original in the case. You’ll be happier to play in tune. The G on the vintage bridge is way out... so unless you have no perception of intonation... make the change.
 
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