Best Tremolo System/Whammy Bar For an SG?

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  1. dbb

    dbb Well-Known Member

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    I have 2 SG copies, a Tele copy, a Peavey Predator Strat, Gibson ES-175, and a Kay archtop w/ pickup.

    Only the Strat has a vibrato, a copy of the standard Fender old-school design.
    Unless you divebomb to hell, it stays in tune pretty well.

    But I'm with Biddlin, you hand is the best vibrato there is.

    There are times I'm vibratoing whole chords.

    I know a lot of folks make a Bigsby or Floyd a part of their style, and sound good doing it, but not me. I'm for using the hand vibrato as much as possible.
     
  2. linclink

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    I'll be honest & say that I do almost all my vibrato with my hand/fingers as well. I just like having the option.

    Well I aspire to the work of guitarists like Richard Thompson, Nels Cline & Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and Tom Verlaine & Richard Lloyd of Television... the closest I get is more like Neil Young & Robbie Robertson. All these players use plenty of vibrato, & most of them use their hands predominantly, as do I... there's just instances where that whammy bar is useful & I like to have that option in both Fender shades (which I've got covered) & Gibson (which I don't)... so we'll see what ensues...but thanks for your contribution...
     
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    Whammy Pedal
     
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    thatbastarddon Well-Known Member

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    I like my ugly a$$ Stetsbars for a small guard SG. Large guard, i would rather give a Lyre set up a go...with a roller bridge. I love Biddlin's set up with the p90s!
     
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    just tonight i was going crazy on my sg with a kahler & i love it! crazy dive bombs & harmonics & i set up & tune it asap...
     

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    Here's mine. I personally don't think you can beat the Maestro/Gibson Vibrola for looks and ease of use.
    And contrary to popular belief, if properly set up, they don't go out of tune, and you CAN dive bomb if you really need to. (Just ask Frank Marino!)
     
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  7. Ron

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    there was a Floyd Rose specifically for Les Pauls and SG's released this year.

    It's butt ugly, and costs about as much as a Gibson. I think they retail for $480 or so.... It's another option, but it costs more than my SGJ cost...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPc6fOYoNTY

    -Ron
     
  8. V_1

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    Another option is the old Washburn Wonderbar. No routing required.

    However, it does have to be screwed onto the face of the guitar and a string lock has to be installed behind the nut.
     
  9. Dave_Death

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    I don't mind that Floyd Rose FRX, except that I can't see how you would fit it to an SG with pickup rings given that the the front of the bridge is almost touching the bridge pickup without them ...
     
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    who needs a diablo? pfft.
    my 1989 SG-90 with factory floyd, well actually its a schaller but with gibson logo.
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    its routed pretty similar to how a normal strat is, without the deep claw cavity associated with typical floyd routs.
    allows roughly 1-step of pull.
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    Another vote for the B7. It looks right at home on an SG. A couple weeks into the Bigsby honeymoon so far & no regrets.
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  13. SGZero

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    If you want a reversible installation, use the Vibramate adaptor. No drilling required, it attaches to the tailpiece stud holes. Worked beautifully on my Les Paul, I assume that it would fit the SG if the B7 does.
     
  14. lockbody

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    Another vote for the Bigsby B7 and Vibramate. Easy to install, not permanent, and looks fantastic.

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    I like the mods to the Vibramate plate and the Bigsby. :dude:

    I should have done that to mine.
     
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    Yours looks great. The ABR-1 really cleans up the clutter.
     
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    Thanks! It's a Callaham with the conversion studs. I wish I could afford to put them on every SG I own.
     
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    I love the ABR bridge on a Gibson, I hate the big crap Nashville :dude:

    I made the same conversion with Faber parts.
     
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    I'm risking sounding like a total dolt here...but when we say "not permanent" does this mean, I hope, that I could literally just decide to keep my regular non-tremono stop piece on there...and then just toss this on, & then take it off, at will, like changing straps?!!? And, if so, would that then, I assume, work the same for a John Lennon Signature Epiphone Casino? It appears the B7 was the choice The Beatles used & looks the most common.
    If this is easily removable, & I can use it on both my humbucker driven Sg & my P-90 powered Casino, then I have hit a grandslam with this one!!! Viva Vibramate! Viva Bigsby B7!!
     
  20. linclink

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    One more question...since it appears to be an option for both the SG & Casino I own... Bigsby B3 vs. Bigsby B7? And, once gain, in case anyone missed it in my last post...
    Using a vibramate, it looks like there's no drilling needed...sooooo...how easy is it to install, or uninstall a Bigsby on any given guitar? Hopefully fast, simple & no danger of scratching up the guitar I'd venture? And, any difference in the install between a B3 & a B7? The B7 appears to be a bit more popular, but I'm just curious about the differences between them- advantages, disadvantages of either, etc....
    Have at it gang!!
     

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