New project - hacked up (probably Korean) SG standard with binding

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  1. Franc

    Franc Member

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    Can’t tell whether he took the 170 for it. I asked what amount he was thinking of, never got a reply and now the ad is expired. Too bad.
     
  2. Franc

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    I think I am pretty much done with the bevels inside the horns now.
    Next is the small lower bevel along the pickguard. Hopefully after that, I will be confident enough for the top one.

    Got a set of Gibson deluxe tuners for it already
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  3. Franc

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    How do we all feel about a Bigsby B5/B50 on an SG?
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    All trems on Gibsons are mechanical horrors. If you wanted to design a system for putting a guitar out of tune, you couldn't do much better than this. Dragging the strings back and forth across bridge saddles is the worst idea ever. If you want a guitar with a functional trem, get a Strat with a locking nut and a Floyd Rose bridge.
     
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    We feel like vomiting. That thing is atrocious. An unnecessarily huge chunk of metal that looks like your grandpa built it. We feel that if you want a trem, a short Vibrola is the way to go. No one has yet been able to best it when it comes to looks, simplicity and function. It's quite simply the most brilliant solution out there. But that's just how we feel then of course...
     
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    :io:Sorry for even asking :lol:
     
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    :rofl: I don't feel anything particular about it. It looks OK I guess, but how does it play ?
     
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    Paul Adelburt Bigsby was a skilled foreman at a machine shop in Los Angeles owned by Albert Crocker of the famous Crocker Motorcycle Company.
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    His interest in motorcycles and Western music brought him into contact with Merle Travis. As they both were avid motorcyclists and music lovers, Paul and Merle became good friends. At some point Merle brought his Gibson L-10 guitar to Bigsby, with a worn out Kaufman vibrato that wouldn't stay in tune.
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    Frustrated with the finicky design, he ended up designing a whole new mechanism that became the most popular guitar vibrato mechanism and remains so, today.
    I cannot help but believe that his time in the motorcycle machine shop heavily influenced his vibrato and steel guitar designs.
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    For the record, I own two Bigsby devices, neither on an SG and give them very mixed reviews, preferring the single steel spring Maestro and lighter Fender synchronized tremolo but the gold one on my Riviera has grown on me.
     
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  9. Franc

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    I would mostly do it for the looks, not the vibrato effect as such.

    Did some work on resculpting the body today. Not quite there yet.
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    If you're going for looks then Vibrola is your friend. Unless you want to look as if you play Charleston. But seriously, it's your guitar, make it yours anyway you want. Bevels look great though! But shouldn't you try and make the transition from body to neck seamless whilst you're at it?
     
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    i would nt put on a bigsby or vibrola..
    if not necessary for whammy style playin.


    i had one once on a gibby, never used it
    and it got out of tune too easily.

    my 5 cent.
     
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    Great thread! I think gold is a great choice...
     
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    I love the Bigs, and have absolutely no trouble keeping the 3 guitars I have with one in tune. I have had to use graphtec saddle or roller bridges, but they do the trick and I use the hell out of mine. Personally I do not like the Vibrolla at all.
     
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    I agree. I think they look just fine on an SG visually.
     
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    just for the look...
    ???

    c ´mon. :smile:
     
  16. Franc

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    Sorry, I'm weird, I know :sadwave:
     
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    Mick Taylor played an SG with a Bigsby when he was with the Stones.
     
  18. purple dragon

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    I vote fore a vibrola short or long.you can Get them pretty cheap and if you take off the arm it shoued hold tune Very well.i never understand how people have tuning issues with the vibrola if they dont use it.if they use it and make divebombs sure but again its noting a good setup cant fix.
     
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    Not even then, dude, not even then...
     
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    Tell that to Frank marino.;)
     

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