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anyone here ever retro-fitted a bigsby?
 

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They're pretty easy to fit- you just need a small drill bit and a steady hand

There are a few videos on youtube showing how to do it

 

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i'd be going to the vibramate route i reckon. so no drilling. not that the drilling would put me off though...
 

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yeah. when i was in canada i had a go on a nice bigsby equiped gretch, and i really liked it.
 

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vibramate all the way chief,going to put one on this soon



and I like that with the vibramate i know it's on straight (a big source of most peoples tuning issues)
and that i can undo it if i want to
 

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vibramate all the way chief,going to put one on this soon



and I like that with the vibramate i know it's on straight (a big source of most peoples tuning issues)
and that i can undo it if i want to
yeah, can't imagine i won't like it, but it's nice to know i can revert to a standard setup if i like.

ordered it anyway. i'll post pics when its on.
 

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got it yesterday and had it fitted in about 15mins. will post pics later but it seems to work like a treat.
 

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i think if you click below you see the pic. anyway, its deadly and not a hole was drilled.

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yep, a '61 reissue.

the bigsby is still quite stiff, but even with new strings on it its surprising me with how well its holding the tuning.
 

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ebay - $160 for the trem and the vibramate together. got stung for customs though (€18) even though i had the sender mark it as a gift.
 

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good timing. been using it more with si schroeder lately.

zero complaints. the trem is loosening up a treat and the vibramate has no negative impact on sustain. the tuning is holding up really well. it's nice to know i can go back to the original bridge, but i can't see it happening any time soon.

it being an SG, you get that neck wobble too, but even so, once the strings have been stretched and there a bit of graphite applied to the nut and bridge saddles it comes back to pitch just fine, once you don't go too mental.
 

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