Angle of Maestro Vibrola arm

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  1. Franc

    Franc New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    When I look at pictures of people angling the arm to the back of the guitar, it looks almost flat to the guitar (this would also make sense for putting the guitar in a case), but with my guitar this is not the case.....is my arm bent? Or does the Epiphone version differ from the Gibson version? maestro2.PNG
     

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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Here's a look at my 2005 Epiphone SG Deluxe and it looks identical.
    maepro2.jpg
    I also compared to my Gibson SG with a Gibson branded Maestro and it was approximately the same
    maepro1.jpg
    and the All Parts on my 2003 Epi .
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    NONE HAVE BEEN AN ISSUE SO DON"T WORRY AND JUST PLAY THE DAMNED THING.
     
  3. Von Trapp

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    Arm looks fine but I checked on my Gibson and the tailpiece is tilting slightly backwards so the arm would end up lower when turned back like that. Also checked on an Epi and same thing although that arm still ends up a bit high so I suppose they make them that way for epis. No idea why.
     
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    Franc New Member

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    I will, don't worry :dude:, it took me long enough to find an SG with Maestro!

    Stay safe everyone!
     
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    Franc New Member

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    Here's a screenshot of Phil X and his SG.... arm pointing backwards, it's very close to the body..?
     

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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    It looks that way from the camera angle, but that SG is heavily modded.
     
  7. Von Trapp

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    I believe the thing is that the Gibson and some high quality ones have a stronger flange that tilts the tailpiece back even when stringed so the arm will end up low when you turn it back. The crappier ones, like most on ebay and the allparts ones have weaker springs that will end up parallel to the guitar body, like yours. I've seen that this can vary from Epi to Epi and it seems you got yerself a weaker one there. Now in all fairness that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad trem that won't work properly or get the guitar out of tune but from experience, the stronger flanged ones mos def stay in tune.

    I hope yours does and if so all that's a bit of a bother then is that it perhaps won't fit in a hard case.
     
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    First "ignore" of the new year.
     

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