Chrome or Nickel vibrola on a 1970-71 Standard?

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  1. Andreas N

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    So I'm going to remove the non-original stop tailpiece and put a vibrola back on my standard.
    Was looking at the Crazyparts website and they have chrome or nickel.
    Which one would be correct for that time period?
     
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    Looked around and I suppose chrome is period correct. Just ordered one.
     
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    Chrome from 1965 and onwards, I guess.
     
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    I can confirm the vibrola on a '67 special is chrome. Not sure if they were the same though.
     
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    Yes. it seems like chrome is the way to go. I ordered an aged chrome Vibrola from Crazyparts. Nickel looks better but I want to keep it as original looking as possible. The guitar is very worn so aged will probably be appropriate.
     
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    Just got this today.
    Must be the fastest delivery I've ever experienced.
    From Crazyparts i Germany to me in the far north of Sweden in less than 24 hours from ordering.
    Vibrola looks great, will fit my worn guitar perfectly.
    Now just to muster up the courage to drill out the little plugs in the guitar top.


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    Looks perfect. Please post up a pic once it's installed. The only advice I have for drilling out the plugs is if possible, figure out how deep the original screws went in and tape off your drill bit at that depth so you don't end up going too far. I'm sure it'll work out well. Good luck with it.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, will do that.
    I'll do some before and after shots.
     
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    Turns out I didn't have to drill at all. Just pushed the screws through the finish and the original holes were still there.
    Had some problems with grounding since it was grounded through the stop tailpiece.
    Just did something temporary for now, will fix that later.

    Other than that no major hurdles.
    I'm gonna have someone make plugs for the stud holes at some point obviously.
    But for now it's ready to scream.

    standardbefore.jpg standardafter.jpg
     
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    The aged chrome really matches nicely. Also the vibrola will partially cover the plugs once they're in so it works out well having it on there. Looks awesome so far. Something about a guitar with almost 50 years of age on it. It looks ready rock. Nice job with this one.
     
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    Another picture, in daylight this time.
    Ordered a bunch of plugs, hope something fits the stud holes.
    Also got the ground wire in the correct place under the vibrola.
    Had to dig quite a bit to find the channel.
    It's got a Seymour duncan 59 in the neck and some sort of gibson pickup in the bridge. Will have to find a pair of pat.no stickered pups at some point. standard70.jpg
     
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    A beauty. One of my dream guitars. Are none of the pickups original? A set of patent sticker T-Tops will definitely make it complete!
     
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    No original pickups sadly, but the pots are original 1970. Can’t read the week though, covered by solder.

    I’ll be hunting down the correct pickups for sure.
     
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    Patent sticker T-Tops pop up on eBay regularly, but they tend to be fairly expensive. I was really lucky and got hold of a late 1960s pair at a very decent price a few months back. I put them in my 2018 SG Standard. They sound absolutely awesome.
     
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    Yeah, i’ve seen some for sale on ebay and reverb. I’ll wait for some more reasonably priced ones.
     
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    Did some touching up on the finish.
    It actually worked great, looks a lot better. standard701.jpg
     
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    What touch up method did you use? Nitro lacquer? Other?
     
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    I just used a furniture touch up marker, walnut color. Don't know the chemical makeup of it. The warnings on the box makes it sound pretty nasty though :smile:
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    If it works, it works. :-D
     
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    Looks good from here. Bet it sounds awesome. Congrats.
     
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