Vibrola conversion post hole cover suggestions, please.

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  1. Von Trapp

    Von Trapp Member

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    Hi there! I'm fixin to convert my SG to Vibrola, the short one, not the lyre, and I'm wondering if anyone has some good tips on what to cover the post holes with. It's candy apple so no use trying to plug and paint I'm afraid. I've googled around a bit but can't really find anything interesting. Most grateful for any suggestions.
     
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    I'd go wild and make neon green plugs.
     
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    Jean is an artist y'know... an excellent one. He's good with color.
    but color is subjective.

    I'd get a dowel of the proper size, stain it to match or to contrast,
    sand the end down to the best surface you can, varnish it with tung oil and
    tap it in the holes.

    I believe a good luthier could match it closely enough that it wasn't obtrusive.
    And I also believe a home job done right could look fine. I'd use ebony stain,
    and have two black dowel ends sanded very smooth and varnished with enough
    coats of tung oil to fit in with the guitar's shine. Red and black look good together.
     
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  5. Von Trapp

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    Thanks for the tips gents. I think the black option would be a little obtrusive, there's nothing else black on the guitar and the hardware is gold. The last suggestion seems quite clever but things can't really be sticking out because the left side of the trem rests on that hole. I think it will have to be gold something and flush to the body. Only alternative to a Vibrola that I could find was a Schaller 4201 but they don't seem to make them anymore. Typical.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Coins man, gold coins. Swiss francs, if you can afford them. Gold coins ought to dress your guitar right up, and
    give the proper commercial zing to your presentation.
    Cha-Ching!

    Cover those ugly black dowel ends with gold coins from
    the epicenter of Euro madness. The Swiss never joined the EU. They don't give a cheese fart for your Euros.
    They are on the Gold Standard, and Swiss francs are the coin of the realm, just about anywhere that finance is spoken.
    swiss francs.jpg
    That's what I'm talking' about.
     
  7. Von Trapp

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    That would indeed be cool, albeit rather costly. I think I found a place that has 1/2" brass dowels and that could be the ticket.
     
  8. Franktone

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    Grind an old penny with a small rotary grinding tool to the 1/2 inch size you need.
    Or, buy a dark colored furniture touch up crayon from the hardware store to darken the chrome bushing.
     

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