Opinion Thread: Stopbar/Vibrola or Both?

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  1. Lynurd Fireburd

    Lynurd Fireburd Active Member

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    I'm lost. The closest I can make out is what you're referring to in CG's post.

    Have you tried a Vibrola? I'd start there if possible. Try one. I love em for the aesthetics factor.

    I just posted a Les Trem II for sale. That's a good option as is the Vibramate set up.
     
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    Gahr Well-Known Member

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    Get a room, will you?
     
  3. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Confusing original post. I am lost as well. Neither stock full size Maestros nor Short Vibrolas have a stop bar tailpiece.

    That’s why I was trying to explain earlier that maybe the OP may have mistaken the wraparound bridge on the short vibrola for a stop bar tailpiece.

    Maybe this will help clarify...

    Short Vibrola

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    Short Vibrola removed, strung as wraparound

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    Nashville with stop bar tailpiece

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    Full Size Maestro Vibrola

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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    I have a maestro on a V, but I don’t play it often.

    Got a lot of Bigsbys.
     
  5. derekisadomino

    derekisadomino New Member

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    I was talking about the way Derek Trucks has his SG. With a stoptail and the Vibrola tailpiece. Here’s a picture:

    What I was saying is that if you have an SG set up like this picture attatched you could put the arm and spring back on the Vibrola tailpiece, take the stoptail and studs out and have both options. Yes, there are downsides (like the holes showing) but it could be done.
     

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  6. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    You could also leave the arm in place and swivel it back so that it is facing the rear strap button if you choose not to use it. What would be the advantage to adding a stop bar?
     
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  7. Gahr

    Gahr Well-Known Member

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    One advantage of the stop bar is that the guitar doesn't go as horribly out of tune if you break a string in the middle of a song.
     
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  8. Lynurd Fireburd

    Lynurd Fireburd Active Member

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    I'm not sure it would be that easy. The Vibrola spring is tack welded in there, or something. Whatevsr it is it's solid. It has to be. That spring can't move when strung up. That's what I appreciate with a wraparound. You can choose to disconnect if you want.

    Good thinking though.
     
  9. Susihukkanen

    Susihukkanen Well-Known Member

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    My solution to the promblem: Get both..
    SG_fleet.jpg
     
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  10. Ray

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    I'm thought Vibrolas and those Derek Trucks-styled SGs looked cool about 10-15 years ago, but now that "everybody" has one, it has somehow lost its appeal to me.
     
  11. Gibbo SG

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    How about this, get you one SG with stop tail, and then another one with the Gibson Lyre tremolo. That way you'll have both. Neither is better, and the tremolo equipped SG's hold tune as well as do those with the stop tail.
    Only thing is, dont expect the Gibson Lyre to work well right out the box. Itll take some fiddling to get that apparatus working consistently, but once it's there, it's just roll and go. Hope that helps.
     
  12. Gibbo SG

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    Other thing is this: I wouldn't go drilling out a guitar you ever might resell. They'll wagon your breakfast at resale for anything that's not factory nowadays. The resale marketplace is brutal nowadays anyhow just due to the current supply/demand situation in guitars, and that's just good business sense.
     
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    So don't buy a guitar to resell. Gold is a better investment.
    :naughty:
     
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  14. Lynurd Fireburd

    Lynurd Fireburd Active Member

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    How about a stopbar AND a B5?
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