Bigsby B3 on a 76 SG Standard?

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  1. joseph w myers

    joseph w myers New Member

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    My first post here. Hope some of you can help.
    I want to fit a bigsby on my 76 but don't really care for the look of the B5 horseshoe.
    (Although the original 70's stock Gibson factory B5 style that is set further back looks pretty darned good)
    I would also need the vibramate as well as I do not want to drill into the guitar. It's too much hardware with the vibramate on the SG for me. And, I think it puts it way too close to the saddle.

    I love the B3 idea with the Towner bar I have seen several do this on here and it looks super and has the softer springy feel. Howerver the tailpieces and bridge seem a bit further back on the 76 than a modern one. The B3 is 7 5/8's and seems to long, am I wrong?

    joe
     
  2. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    B3 and towner bar is the way to go.

    V on the left is a b7 chopped to a b3 and towner bar.

    walnut Sg is a b3 and towner bar.

    Les Paul is a b7 that’s going to get chopped to a b3 when I buy another towner bar.

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  3. joseph w myers

    joseph w myers New Member

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Still looking for the answer.

    The question is WILL the B3 / Towner fit a vintage 1976 standard?
    I have decided that is what I would like but it appears to me it perhaps is too long for the vintage 1976 standard.
    Anyone? have a example of a 76 with this set up? I have not seen one.
     
  4. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Flip the hinge on the B3 if it’s too long. Or add a spacer.
     

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