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Bigsby or other option for an ES-Les Paul

#1 User is offline   Djhblues 

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 01:08 PM

Hey guys- I have an ES-Les Paul and have some interest in possibly adding a Bigsby or Bigsby type vibrato to the guitar. Has anyone installed an after market Bigsby (I believe B7 is the model for an ES-Les Paul). Im also interested to hear if anyone has installed another type of vibrato to an ES-Les Paul. Xtreme Long Tail Vibrato is another option that I have looked at and much cheaper than Bigsby, although some modification is required. Any comments would be appreciated as well as any pics you can add.

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#2 User is offline   Larsongs 

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:49 AM

View PostDjhblues, on 03 February 2019 - 01:08 PM, said:

Hey guys- I have an ES-Les Paul and have some interest in possibly adding a Bigsby or Bigsby type vibrato to the guitar. Has anyone installed an after market Bigsby (I believe B7 is the model for an ES-Les Paul). Im also interested to hear if anyone has installed another type of vibrato to an ES-Les Paul. Xtreme Long Tail Vibrato is another option that I have looked at and much cheaper than Bigsby, although some modification is required. Any comments would be appreciated as well as any pics you can add.

Thanks!


Sweetwater installed a B-7 Bigsby & Vibramate on my Gibson Memphis Blacktop ES Les Paul. Looks & plays beautiful! And, didn't void the Gibson Factory
Warranty. No holes or physical modifications. It can be completely reversed to Original..

I'm planning on doing it to my ES335, LPJr. Special & Fender '69 Thinline Tele.....
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:02 AM

A b7 and vibramate is ok, but a b3 and a Towner bar looks much better.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:34 AM

definitely go with the vibramate option, you don't need to start drilling holes in your guitar, this will avoid that.

the B7 is the "correct" bigsby to use on LP. I'm not sure if a B3 would work, maybe..
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#5 User is offline   Andy56 

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:36 PM

Duesenberg has a vibrato which is easily to install on the Gibson tail piece and it is less invasive than the Bigsby.

https://store.duesen...erg-les-trem-ii

the name is Les Trem II, it should be an interesting alternative.
Good luck.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:22 PM

View PostAngelDeVille, on 04 February 2019 - 04:02 AM, said:

A b7 and vibramate is ok, but a b3 and a Towner bar looks much better.


Watched the You Tube & it doesn't fit together smooth & even...... The Bigsby is elevated above the Guitar & the End Piece looks way exaggerated. Not a very clean look IMO.

The Deusenberg will void your Warranty...if that matters... Vibramate & B7 won't. I've had Warranty work done at Gibson Factory & it wasn't an issue... Plus it's a clean looking install & looks factory...

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:47 AM

Just to give an idea, B7/V7, no mods, about a 20 minute job to install. I use Big Bends Nut Sauce on all contact points, tuning stability quite good.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 06:40 PM

View Postkidblast, on 04 February 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

definitely go with the vibramate option, you don't need to start drilling holes in your guitar, this will avoid that.

the B7 is the "correct" bigsby to use on LP. I'm not sure if a B3 would work, maybe..



View PostLarsongs, on 04 February 2019 - 11:22 PM, said:

Watched the You Tube & it doesn't fit together smooth & even...... The Bigsby is elevated above the Guitar & the End Piece looks way exaggerated. Not a very clean look IMO.

The Deusenberg will void your Warranty...if that matters... Vibramate & B7 won't. I've had Warranty work done at Gibson Factory & it wasn't an issue... Plus it's a clean looking install & looks factory...

L


This....

B3
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B3
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B3
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B3
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B3
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Looks better than this....
B7
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And this is the ugliest ******* contraption you can put on any guitar...

Les trem...

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This post has been edited by AngelDeVille: 05 February 2019 - 06:42 PM

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:02 PM

Really appreciate everyones response- and thanks for the attached pictures. Not ready to pull the trigger yet but I'm glad there are more than one option.
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#10 User is offline   Larsongs 

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 12:12 AM

View PostAngelDeVille, on 05 February 2019 - 06:40 PM, said:

This....

B3
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B3
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B3
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B3
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B3
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Looks better than this....
B7
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And this is the ugliest ******* contraption you can put on any guitar...

Les trem...

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To each his own.... Me, I prefer the B7 V7 Clean Factory looking install..... Unlike that other one...
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