Vibrola Dimension Questions

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  1. Bob L

    Bob L Member

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    I know that the way Gibson set the neck affected many other parameters. I am curious to know the nominal distance between the vibrola comb and the bridge pickup cover. The distance on my SG Standard is about 1 3/16", which seems closer than most.

    Also, does the end of your vibrola extend over the body? I have seen photos that make it appear that some were installed that way.
     
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    The height of those "tailpieces" are not adjustable, so I would assume depending on bridge height you could see closer and farther mounting? Just speculation here. When I added mine to a Firebird build I adjusted the location based on the desired break angle over the bridge.

    Regards Peter.
     
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    I was hoping a few people would take a quick measurement and report.
     
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    Why? What are your thoughts? Is yours in the wrong spot? I just looked at about 10 on the web and most are just slightly above the body edge. Here are a few snipits.
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    Cheers Peter.
     
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    Just curious. My vibrola is mounted similarly to those in the photos, but the end of the comb seems closer to the bridge pickup than most.
     
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    The important part is the break angle over the bridge. Not sure how Gibson sets them up. They probably have a little template or possibly just allows the installer to place where it makes sense. As I said, if the bridge is high you would want it slightly farther away. If the bridge is lower then a little closer may be better. My bridge was too low and I actually took it off and added a stop tail like Derek Trucks.

    Cheers Peter.
     

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