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BanjoJ
Posted 2016-07-09 5:26 PM (#526574)
Subject: W681TA bracing V U681T bracing



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As some of you may have seen I just scored a W681TA, which was made in 2002.  It's bracing is different to my 2005 U681T.

The W681TA has a cross brace at the bridge and square braces.  The U681T has no cross brace and scalloped braces.

Here's the W681TA:

And another:

Here's the U681T

And another:

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arumako
Posted 2016-07-10 12:26 AM (#526581 - in reply to #526574)
Subject: Re: W681TA bracing V U681T bracing



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Location: Yokohama, Japan
WOW, BanjoJ! Nice pick-up! And thank you for sharing the photos. That is so interesting that the braces are finished so differently. There must be at least a slightly noticeable sonic difference between the W681TA and the U681T? The FRP top even looks significantly different. Very educational. Thanks for sharing!
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arumako
Posted 2016-07-10 12:27 AM (#526582 - in reply to #526574)
Subject: Re: W681TA bracing V U681T bracing



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WOW, BanjoJ! Nice pick-up! And thank you for sharing the photos. That is so interesting that the braces are finished so differently. There must be at least a slightly noticeable sonic difference between the W681TA and the U681T? The FRP top even looks significantly different. Very educational. Thanks again for sharing!
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BanjoJ
Posted 2016-07-10 5:33 AM (#526585 - in reply to #526574)
Subject: RE: W681TA bracing V U681T bracing



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Thanks Ken.

The W681TA sounds nice, a little brighter than my Ute, which may be largely down to strings. The Ute has GHS Vintage Bronze and the W681TA has new Elixirs. I'll eventually put the same strings on both and compare them.
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TAFKAR
Posted 2016-07-11 6:27 AM (#526595 - in reply to #526574)
Subject: Re: W681TA bracing V U681T bracing



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Location: Sydney, Australia
I was wondering who was going to snag that W681TA. Should have guessed you'd be in the mix. Now I'll have to travel to Canberra again.
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BanjoJ
Posted 2016-07-12 1:05 AM (#526609 - in reply to #526595)
Subject: Re: W681TA bracing V U681T bracing



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TAFKAR - 2016-07-11 11:27 PM

I was wondering who was going to snag that W681TA. Should have guessed you'd be in the mix. Now I'll have to travel to Canberra again.


Sure! Sounds like fun!
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Waskel
Posted 2016-07-12 10:45 AM (#526611 - in reply to #526574)
Subject: Re: W681TA bracing V U681T bracing



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Location: closely held secret


Ah, K&K. Proudly made about 140 miles south of me! They let me tour their shop a few years ago.

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