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  1. Update: Replaced the original bridge with a Tonepros NVR2G - N with the nylon saddles. A direct replacement incl. the posts. Works like a charm. I did this to tame the harshness of the pickups but also to make it easier on the strings because of the Bigsby.
  2. LKdog, your 535 just became my 530's big brother sans pick guard...
  3. Sorry, Ellen. Forgot about your severe allergy. Check out Philadelphia Tools & Luthier Supplies. They may have what you need or point you in the right direction. Just make sure to measure the bridge post diameter. (My 530's post is 4.14mm): https://reverb.com/shop/philadelphia-luthier-tools Good luck. J
  4. Thanks, Ellen. Have you thought about replacing the tuner buttons with black ones? (Might look nice with a black guitar.) I thought about replacing my tuner buttons with tortoise ones (for my sunburst H-530.) Mike is right about the bridge and for that reason I decided to leave the bridge as is. I had written to TonePros several times but, sadly, never gotten a response. J
  5. I agree 100% with what zguitar71 says incl. changing the strings one at a time. That's my experience for over 45 years of owning/storing/playing guitars.
  6. Congrats on your new H-530, Ellen. I recently bought my first Heritage guitar, also a 530 (see my post H-530 Customized). This is my go-to guitar now. Does everything I want it to do. I'm very pleased with it and I hope you will be too once the conversions are done. Please share the info you'll receive from Heritage about the parts, if you could.
  7. Looking for a Heritage H-530? Saw this on CL South Jersey. https://southjersey.craigslist.org/msg/d/somerdale-heritage-h530/7472637382.html I'd grab it if I didn't have one already.
  8. Update: I tried to replace a saddle on my Heritage bridge and it broke. I contacted Mike at Heritage and he sent me a complete bridge the next day, free of charge. After two weeks it was "lost" by FedEx and Mike sent me another bridge immediately. From my experience, customer service at Heritage is just beyond outstanding! I couldn't be more pleased. Still trying to find a bridge with nylon saddles that fits my H-530. (Post is 4.14mm in diameter.) I wrote to Tonepros asking about which of their locking bridges might fit my guitar. No response. On their website under"Contact" there isn't even a phone number listed any more, just a form to fill out which I have done three times already. Does anyone know if they still have customer service/support? Lastly, I'd like to replace the grover tuners with locking tuners without drilling holes. Any suggestions? As always, thanks for all your help.
  9. The posts that came with the guitar. The AVR2 fits on my '67 short neck ES-330, though. Understandably, I'm confused now. I'll do a little research on the Nashville bridges. There are posts where people say that they are interchangeable. Has someone here ever replaced the bridge on their H-530? And with what? As always, I appreciate any helpful comments. BTW, just received my Reuion Blues gig bag (RBCSH Continental Voyager) for that guitar. Great gig bag. I highly recommend it.
  10. I received the Tonepros AVR 2 bridge but it does not fit. The holes of that bridge are too small. Am I missing something? What other brides (with nylon saddles) would fit? Thank you all for your advice.
  11. Oops: Should be thin semi acoustics. BTW, the Bigsby springs are quite stiff. I prefer the softer type and installed one from Reverend Guitars ($10)
  12. Congrats on your H-530. I installed a Bigsby B3 like this https://reverb.com/item/45502370-new-bigsby-b3-vibrato-kit After taking off the trapeze tailpiece I discovered that two of the holes line up with the B3 and I needed to drill only two small holes. Make sure that you get the B3 for thinking semi acoustics guitars, NOT the B3 for large arch tops. The latter has a different hinge which is pointed and longer. Good luck with the installation.
  13. Congrats on your H-530. I installed a Bigsby B3 like this https://reverb.com/item/45502370-new-bigsby-b3-vibrato-kit After taking off the trapeze tailpiece I discovered that two of the holes line up with the B3 and I needed to drill only two small holes. Make sure that you get the B3 for thinking semi acoustics guitars, NOT the B3 for large arch tops. The latter has a different hinge which is pointed and longer. Good luck with the installation.
  14. I found a used TonePros bridge since the nylon saddles didn't fit the Heritage bridge. I'll install it and report back.
  15. Thanks, rockabilly69. I saw those bridges but wasn't sure whether they fit my 530. The Allparts looks pretty straight to me. And the Tonepros, 96$+ship.+tax? I already have a the plastic saddles and figured that maybe someone has already done this conversion.
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