- Jun 1, 2011
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I’m considering a vibrola SG but would want to convert it to a tailpiece bridge. Has anyone here done that before? Good idea or bad?!
What you can’t get on all models (in fact, on very few models), is a decent size neck.Bad really bad idea.if you want a sg with stoptail then just buy one with stoptail.you can Get most if not all models with stoptail.even a 61 that never came with a stoptail you can Get with a stoptail on the reissue.if it was the other way around i woued understand you because the options of sg with vibrolas is mutch more rare exept fore the last two years whene they did relase a sideway and a masero vibrola models.
I was in the local big box store and they had a 61/59 Fat Neck SG. Nice and chunky, like 0.900" at 1st fret and 1.000" at 12th fret. But $4500 asking price is ridiculous. There's no reason why they can't build a regular production SG with thick neck for $1500. They all start off as a block of wood. They need to quit sawing so much wood off of the necks and ease up on the belt sander.
They do not use a belt sander to take off the material for the neck. It's all CNC'd and multiples at a time. Volume, volume, volume. In order to make a $1500 guitar with a neck that thick they'd have to sell way more than what they do. They'd rather make tons of the same thing and make much more profit. I have made custom guitars, kits really, with no finish, no parts, for about $1200 with necks that size and larger. It's just the way it is.
It's probably an easier mod than some. Much easier than reversing it.I’m considering a vibrola SG but would want to convert it to a tailpiece bridge. Has anyone here done that before? Good idea or bad?!
In a way, you're both right.
The necks are made, initially, by CNC. Final smoothing is done by belt sander.
In the the Premier Guitar video, the comment is made at around 9:01 that the necks are rough cut, but that they still need to be finished off by hand.
In the Gibson video that @cerebral gasket posted, from 1:20 - 2:06, it clearly shows this process. The neck shape is roughed in by CNC according to the program for a particular neck profile, but finished off at the belt sander.
No suggestion is made that this process is only used for one series of guitars vs. another.
It is not "either...or." It is "both...and."