June 27th, 2012, 11:29 AM
I'd like like to put a Bigsby (or similarly styled vibrato) on my 1996 LP. It's a chambered body with a carved maple arched top. I looked at the Vibramate products and I don't think anything would fit the bill. Any thought on what may work ? Also, the tailpiece is not paralled to the bridge pickup, it's a little closer on the treble string side. thanks
July 2nd, 2012, 10:43 AM
I nearly went down that road. I got a Tonepros AVT-II bridge which is basically an intonatable wraparound tail piece. I also got a Bigsby B12 which has similar dimensions to the B7. Having fitted the Tonepro's bridge/tailpiece and fitted the Bigsby (not screwed on, just the strap button through the tailpiece) i found the front of the Bigsby with the string tensioner was very close to the Tonepros AVT-II, particularly on the bass side, and decided against it.
It could probably work with a B3 or a B5 and fit Graphtec saddles to the Tonepros AVT-II but i liked the longer look of the B12. I'd also use the Tonepros locking studs with the tailpiece to ensure it stayed in place.
I've read elsewhere that you should have a rocker bridge or roller saddles but these are difficult to find with the dimensions of the wrap around bridge, it is wider than the standard bridge between the mounting studs, similar to the stop bar on the two piece bridge/tail piece used on regular Gibsons. If you use the Graphtec saddles, they will allow a little movement but you'll not be divebombing with a Bigsby!