Want to install a Bibsgby B7 and vibromate.

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  1. Hextall27

    Hextall27 New Member

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    I heard there are some problems with this modification. Does anyone know how to avoid these or have any tips? I also heard there might be a kit out there tweaked to go on an SG. I also want it in black. Any suggestions.
     
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    I have this combination that I am not using (hint). If the Epiphone body has the same specification as the Gibson, you need to flip the hinged plate at the bottom and put in a spacer. I'm pretty sure the spacer comes with the Vibramate.

    Tom
     
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    If you're simply interested in this style of Bigsby, as opposed to the horseshoe B5, you might also want to look at a B3, this can be fitted with a Towner bar in place of the stop bar, there's no need for a vibramate or flipping hinges, plus you can set the hight of the Towner bar to suit your taste. Also, Towner sell a kit to fit at the strap button, using this finishes it well, and can remove the need to drill for the four screws. As you can see, I still used the screws:
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    The B5 and Vibramate combo is the simplest installation you're going to get, hands down. Just a thought.
     
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    B3, B5, B7.. Yeah whatever..

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    I'm showing a B7 above, completely reversible.

    If I were to do it now, I'd use a B3 or B6 with the Towner bar.

    I just removed a Floyd Rose FRX (sale!) because I couldn't get it to return in tune no matter what I did.

    I am seriously over tremolos now. If I truly needed that sort of sound, I'd find a way to do it electronically.

    Tom
     
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    I am not a fan of the Bigsby installations, with or without the Vibramate. But if you install a Bigsby, you shoul also install a roller bridge. Your tuning stability will be improved by it.

    My two cents.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Funny how people either hates or love floating tremolo bridges. It being Fender tremolo, Floyd Rose, Khaler, Bigsby or any other iteration of it. But in my many years of playing all I can say I have learn to like Floyd Roses and it is difficult for me to play on Bigsby or Kahler. But prefer the PRS tremolo over the Fender/Wilkerson type. In general Fender and Wilkerson type of tremolo bridges feel all right and it is easier to transition when plying Floyd types. May be is that I have gotten use to how the picking hand seats on it.
     
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    I disagree completely with the roller anything needed with a bigsby.
     
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    I even adjusted it stiff and used the stop so it would return to the same spot.

    I now have three different types of tremolos. DONE.

    All for sale, ugh.

    Tom
     

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