M85 II 1972 what size are the tuning peg shafts are replacement bridge poeces available ?

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This one isn't mint by a long shot and it neck dives like mad. Hipshot Ultralites will go a ways towards curing that. I assume the 3/8ths size. Can someone confirm ?

and... I might want to replace the bridge pieces. They are pretty worn... Source for those ?
 

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This thread claims there are saddles in stock at the Guild website. They should fit. The saddles are perhaps the only part that fits the Newark Street basses and the pre-1980 vintage ones.

No idea about replacement tuner sizes. My successful solution to neck dive has been a very soft and supple leather strap that is unfinished on the bottom. Once I stopped wearing silk shirts :) the strap was rough enough to stay in place.

Tell us more about the bass. Hollow or solid? Which pickups? M85's are pretty consistent before 1970 and different, but consistent, after 1973 but we have seen various configurations during the intervening years.
 

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It is a 72. Solid. Humbuckers. Natural finish. Binding lift in a few spots. The setup was iffy. Not playable above fret 14. I installed beefier strings and raised the bridge a tad. Playable. I'd prefer a scootch lower. I could live with it though... Not that far off. I have a local luthier to help there. Grounding issue. Easy to suss and fix myself. I think one of the treble pickup pots may be an issue. Not hard to address...
The good news is that it has a voice! With the switch in and both pickups on... it's big. I like it. I could gig it this weekend but probably won't.

I do want to replace the rear starp button with a Dunlop. Front button is a Dunlop already. I might see if my luthier bud will plug the holes and then drill them out for flushmount Dunlops.

Definately not a case queen but then good to great basses get played...

I got played a bit as the seller was less than forthcoming on the issues but... It was born in Westerly. I was born in Westerly 18 years earlier. Birthplace bass has been on my list for quite a while. Now it's time to get her some TLC and then gig the hell out of it!

8.9 lbs which I gather is pretty light. Hipshots should reduce that by .5 lbs and help,with the neck dive.

I'll grab a pic an upload.
 

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Yes, hipshot ultralights, suede backed 3” strap like a Levy’s strap, aaaaaand Dual Design Dunlop Straploks - not the flush mounts. Why? Because the dual design button assemblies are so tall off the surface of their mounting point that they move your strap attachment about a fret out towards the headstock and that means better cantilever action to help tilt the headstock up (in theory, but works for me). The body side one does this also, moving your attachment point out and down about an inch, and that also helps drop that butt end of the bass down (in theory, but also works for me). Aaaand, if that doesn’t help, then drill out your bass for the flush mounts but at least try the Dual Designs before doing the major surgery for the flush mounts. Also, if the bearings ever seize in your Straploks with the flush mounts, you are stuck. With the Dual Designs, worst case, you can just use a pliers to unscrew the button assembly. On the flush mounts there is no purchase and the mounting screw is waaaaay down in the sleeve so it ain’t coming out. I guess you could carefully fill the chamber with oil and hope the bearings eventually move again. With these type of Straploks they must be oiled from time to time.
 

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My GSR M85 II had 1/2", but I think the '72 is 3/8". I have a set of 3/8" USA Hipshots I'm not using. If you're interested, shoot me a PM.

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My GSR M85 II had 1/2", but I think the '72 is 3/8". I have a set of 3/8" USA Hipshots I'm not using. If you're interested, shoot me a PM.

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I dropped you a PM. Definately interested in yoir UL's

And Dunlops. OK! Appreciate the advice on surface v flush.
 

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How is the bridge grounded on an M85 II ? I have a gut feeling that is where my noise is coming from. It isn't terrible but there is a change when I am touching the strings. On a Fender that would almost always be a busted ground wire at the bridge plate.
 
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