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Vibramate Bigsby mounting kit
A foolproof method of fitting a Bigsby to selected guitars
For a genuinely vintage look and wobble performance, only a Bigsby will
do, but retrofitting one to your guitar can be a chore. However, if
your guitar has a standard tune-o-matic bridge and stud tailpiece, all
you need is a Vibramate mounting kit and you're away. They're available
for carved top guitars, such as a Les Paul, or flat-tops, such as an
SG. There's even a version for a Flying V. You'll need to buy the
Bigsby separately, and depending the choice of vibrato, the kit
comprises a simple baseplate designed to fit the two holes left by the
removal of the tailpiece. The plate is screwed into these holes and the
Bigsby is secured by four screws, with no extra drilling required.
We were supplied with a V500 in black to fit to our flat-top Washburn
Idol. We must concede to some trepidation before fitting the unit, but
it's no exaggeration to say that it took us less than 10 minutes to set
the Bigsby B500 in place and string the guitar back up.
The units are available either directly from Vibramate.com or from AllParts in the
UK. This is an innovation of true genius and, as long as your guitar
boasts a standard tune-o-matic and stud tailpiece, you should find a kit
to fit. [SB]
The Bottom Line
We liked: Ease of installation; choice of models.
We disliked: Nothing
Guitarist Rating: 5 Stars
Reprinted by permission: Guitarist Magazine!
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