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All American II / Whammy Question

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Just picked up one of Gibson's unusual guitars, an All American II (1996). The guitar is two single-coils with a Strat-style vibrato, but mine was missing the whammy.  It's a 3/16" bar with a 10/32 thread (as best I can tell), and inside the cavity, unlike a Strat-style inertial bar, the threaded post hole is straight through (second photo, lower left) - so forget about dropping in a tension spring, it just falls out.

Can anyone tell me more how this is supposed to work? Thanks ..



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On 10/9/2019 at 2:35 PM, Stoogesurfer said:

Tapered bolt hole? Hmm. Thanks.


No taper in hole nor bar.

When the end of the bar thread is reached the bar cant move any more. If you you continue to try to wind it further it becomes very tight (and you would risk distorting/stripping the thread). 

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