SG custom tailpiece restoration

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  1. Pengiun

    Pengiun New Member

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    I have a 78 SG Custom that at some point had a trem/ tailpiece that was replaced with a standard bridge, the filled screw holes are starting to annoy me so I want to try and restore it with the original trem but need help identifying what would have been on there with the screw hole pattern. Help would be appreciated.
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  2. Karl R

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    Looks like it was a Bigsby B5
     

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  3. RW59

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    If you put a Bigsby back on, you'll have to remove the stopbar (string anchor). That'll leave two big honkin' half inch holes that'll be at least as obtrusive as those little screw holes.

    If you use a Vibramate adapter plate to anchor the Bigsby using the stopbar bolts, two of the little screw holes will be covered.
     
  4. Semla

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    Remember, many SGs from the 70s use a tremolo that looks like a bigsby B5 but is actually a gibson proprietary one with a different mounting pattern. A friend has an (early) 70s SG and had that problem.
     
  5. smitty_p

    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    This is exactly correct.

    I have one of those on my '74 SG. I will also say that I think it is inferior to an actual Bigsby.
     

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