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WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece  

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Favored by guitarists and guitar makers worldwide, the B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece features a hand cast aluminum frame, stainless steel handle, and n...Read More

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Favored by guitarists and guitar makers worldwide, the B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece features a hand cast aluminum frame, stainless steel handle, and nickel plated string bar that assures years of trouble free service on your electric guitar.


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WD MusicB5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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      • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    5.0

    Does what it is supposed to do.

    By Gadget

    from Fanning Springs, Florida

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

        True to other reviews of this product...it is the real McCoy. I suspect the lower price is due to no bridge plate but I didn't need one because the Tele already has one. When mounted on a Tele, there is very little distance between the back of the bridge plate and the front roller of the Bigsby. This makes stringing the guitar a challenge but thankfully it doesn't have to be done every day. Works as it was meant to.

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        5.0

        Good Value and IT FITS the VIBRAMATE

        By Tim

        from Madison, WI

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Blocks Tone And Vol Knobs

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

          I prefer the Bigsby aesthetics and functionality to the Fender vibrato arm. I like the flat arm and the action of the spring on top.

          This is a great value for an authentic Bigsby, but I hesitated because the ad description on MF was not detailed / clear and the customer service (when I called to ask) rep had no idea whether this a standard Bigsby or a knock-off with different dimensions. I contacted WD music, and they were quite helpful, assuring me that it was a USA BIgsby.

          It arrived, it fit my Vibramate B5 base piece, and that means I can use it on my flat top Les Paul Special Jr. This was my biggest concern. I had read elsewhere that the screw holes would not align, and I feared that I would have to ship it back. It fit perfectly!

          There is some loss of sustain (IMHO) and a slight change in tone, but if you adjust the pickup height, the bridge break angle,and possibly even some of the pickup pole pieces, you CAN get the great tones. Be warned, though, the Bigsby will make it difficult to see and access volume and tone knobs on some guitars, so if you're constantly fiddling with these knobs, then you'll become annoyed.

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          5.0

          Same as the one that costs more?

          By JUSS10

          from Zeeland, MI

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everything

            Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

            So a few weeks back I got the bigsby bug. I have an american standard tele and knew I wanted to add one to it. I didn't want to drill a lot of holes or mess with the rocking bridge so I went with a B5 and built a mount similar to that of a vibramate one. I was a little concerned as this B5 was listed right under the same one from bigsby for that costs more. I did quite a bit of research online and found everyone saying its the same thing so I pulled the trigger and bought it. When it came, it came in a nice box that said Bigsby B5. It was wrapped in foam, came with all the hardware and even the instructions for mounting. I looked it over and compared pictures, its the same thing! Flip it over and its stamped "Made in US" and no where is there the words "licensed" or WD for that reason. I did do some comparisons to the dimensions of the blueprints on the bigsby website. It seemed to line up more with the B50 by measurement so I contacted Bigsby and they got back to me saying that WD is just a distributor and this model is indeed a true B5. I guess it can't get clearer than that. Also other reviews stated it fit vibramate products of which vibramate says their products only work with the US made B5. Add that all up and its the real thing at a fraction of the price. Beside that, I guess I don't have a ton more to say. The quality is great. Looks just like the classic unit (but hey, it should, its made from the same mold) I set it up using the vintage brass saddles on the tele and everything works great. My guitar looks and sounds awesome. If you are on the fence about this, don't hesitate buying one!

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            5.0

            great value

            By dang!

            from nj

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

              great value

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Tremolo

              By Opsat1

              from Rockford, IL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • No Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

              First let me say that I was skeptical ordering the WD Music Bigsby B5 tremolo. Was it a real Bigsby, or a privately manufactured tremolo that is similar to a Bigsby?

              This is a true-blue Bigsby product. This IS the Bigsby B5 Tremolo. The only difference is the packaging that it is sent in.

              The price for this tremolo was excellent and, in using a Vibramate B5 Short Tail in addition to this tremolo, about a 10 minute (painless) job to install.

              I put this tremolo on my Epiphone Wilshire (PRO), and it gives it a handsone, classic look. Although the Alnico classic and classic plus pickups and rosewood neck give my guitar a warmer, mellower sound, this tremolo has made a difference in the clarity of this instrument (in addition to a bone nut that I had installed).

              This is a great price on a great investment for anyone interested in installing a tremolo onto your solid-top electric guitar.

              One word of advice, if I may, is to purchase the correct Vibramate mount for your tremolo. It attaches using the tailpiece screws, and not only makes installation of the Bigsby B5 Tremolo extremely simple, but it also saves you from having to drill into the top of your instrument, as well.

              This is a good, sturdy, well made in the USA Bigsby product.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              That's a bigsby

              By jman925

              from Pittsburgh,PA

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                Attached this bigsby to my tele with the vibramate attachment ( so i din't have to drill any holes) and wow this just makes my tele sound 10x better!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice vintage style vibtato

                By xltramp

                from Denver, Co.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                    Pretty easy to install. I modified my existing tailpiece to work w/ this unit. I would recommend a competent tech if you're not sure about drilling into your gitter. I lost just a tiny bit of that tele tone w/ the strings no longer going thru the body but that's not necessarily a bad thing just different. I play primarily retro rock n roll, surf, blues, rockabilly, etc. so a Bigsby is practically required, lol.

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                    5.0

                    bigsby b5

                    By gordy_sg_no1

                    from dumfriesshire, scotland

                    Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                    i found that the bigsby b5 is a verry swanky mod for any vintage style guitar.i have one i installed on my sg reissue and it works a treat. i installed mine using a vibramate so it is completely reversible. i did notice more twang in the sound despite a slight drop in sustain. however tuning issues have been remedied with a roller bridge and a graphite nut.its not ever going to be used for dime pitch harmonics but it gives a much more reliable sound compared with the fulcrum and floating type vibratos. another issue is it ways in at a hefty weight. all in all it has been the best mod i have installed in a long time and i can safely say it wont be my last bigsby.

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                    5.0

                    I Love This Tremolo/Bridge!

                    Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                    I purchased this bigsby tremolo brigde piece last month and slapped it on my Gibson SG Special Faded along with a Burstbucker pro pickup it sounds amazing! True it not as versatile as a floyd rose but its pretty close! Also it give my SG a vintage look and it sounds great 5*

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Tailpiece

                    By FlintKid

                    from Flint Michigan

                    Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                    I coupled this with Sperzel locking tuners on my Epiphone Les Paul. When you first put on new strings it's best to bend every which way and retune a number of times to the strings get broke in until you get a fairly consistent and predictable whammy. There is a slight decrease in sustain when switching from the hardtail piece that comes with the Les Paul (barely noticeable) however, the new tone and whammy more than makes up for it. Changing strings is more difficult with this tailpiece so you have been warned. Overall I'd say the pros outweigh the cons. And yes, the holes for your old tailpiece will remain on your axe, you can minimize the look by going over them (although this won't completely cover them). But it's something to consider if you're touchy about how your axe looks.

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