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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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This whammy won't let you down!

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
 
5.0

(based on 23 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (16)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Tremolo

By Mr. Fretless

from Rockford, IL

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice vintage style vibtato

    By xltramp

    from Denver, Co.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Vintage Twang!

        By ClaptonFanDan

        from Shingle Springs, CA

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        Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

        This is a great tailpiece for any guitar. I have one on my Gibson SG and I love it. The Bigsby adds a nice vintage look and vintage twang to my guitar. My SG came with one of those cheap-looking stopbar tailpieces which I dislike, so I had a Bigsby installed and I haven't regretted it. The only complaint is that the Bigsby can put your guitar out of tune if you use it too much (a la Hendrix). The easiest way to remedy the problem is by gently pulling up on the bar slightly to put it back in tune, but if you pull too hard, you'll pull it off, so be careful. Other than that, the bigsby is a great tailpiece and gives tha guitar a vintage look.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Real Original Bigsby

        By TEXAS

        from Texas

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        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

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            Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

            This is the second one of these I've bought. I put one on my tele and now another for a homemade build. I also have 2 other bigsby guitars that have licensed bigsby logos. This one here on this page is the real original bigsby at a great price. It operates smooth and perfectly. Both guitars that have the licenced by bigsby that I have both have irritating problems that drive me nuts. Do yourself a favor and buy this REAL one.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Non plus ultra

            By Mikey

            from Chicago

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            Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

            This is the same B5 that sells for twice the price elsewhere. The only difference is that it doesn't include the piece of red string to help line it up before screwing it down. Also no fancy packaging. I don't find these any more effective than the Chinese knockoffs but for the relatively small price difference it makes sense to use the real thing. Even the Korean Bigsbys (B50/500) don't make sense when you are only saving a tiny bit.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great product, great price!

            By mikeh

            from bradenton, fl

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • 'Surf' music

              Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

              Used on a Gibson SG-style I am building, the Bigsby provides the effect I was looking for.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The real McCoy

              By Dunnie

              from Perth Australia

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              Pros

              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                  With a deal this good why would you even consider buying the lesser model made in Asia?

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Does what it is supposed to do.

                  By tboy

                  from Alberquerque, NM

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

                  Cons

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                      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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Good Value and IT FITS the VIBRAMATE

                      By Tim

                      from Madison, WI

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                      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.

                        (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!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Tailpiece

                          By FlintKid

                          from Flint Michigan

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                          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.

                           
                          5.0

                          The real deal at a great price

                          By lachance

                          from Austin, TX

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to install
                          • Good Quality
                          • Great price

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Vibrato you could've thrown a cat through

                            Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                            I was a little skeptical about buying the WD Music B5 because the picture of it does not inspire confidence and the there's another B5 listed that's more expensive. It also doesn't show up in search results for "bigsby".

                            I pulled the trigger based on others' positive reviews and was not disappointed. It was a perfect match for a Vibramate V5, which made installation on my Reverend Buckshot ridiculously easy.

                             
                            5.0

                            B5 for my Rick 360

                            By Statues Cry

                            from Australia

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                            Pros

                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound
                            • Looks great

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                                If your looking for a Bigsby to fit onto a Rick 300 series, the B5 is it. It fits straight on. If you want an absolute perfect fit, do what I did. Remove (filed away) the 4th screw hole, "the ear", and fit the 4th screw under the spring. This way it fits perfectly into the recessed section where the "R" tail piece sits. Looks and sounds great.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice add on to my Tele

                                By Steve Agosto

                                from Jennings, La

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

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                                    Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                                    I love Bigsby.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Fits Vibro-mate

                                    By profgalen

                                    from Dania Beach FL

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Functional
                                    • Good Quality

                                    Cons

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                                        Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                                        Used with Vibro-mate. works great.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        GREAT VALUE

                                        By Spike56

                                        from Berlin, Germany

                                        About Me Professional Musician

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Functional
                                        • Good Quality
                                        • Smooth

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Concerts

                                          Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                                          The perfect finishing touch to my Fender Jaguar Blacktop HH. Smooth action, easy to fit with the Vibramate V5 and looks the dog's bollox with the pearl scratchplate!!

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Classic vibrato

                                          By PeterH61

                                          from Warwick, RI

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                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about WD Music B5 Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece:

                                              I ordered this and installed it on my Gibson SG Special Faded along with a Vibramate adaptor. I couldn't be happier. The install was simple. Restringing was tricky until I figured I needed another set of hands and used my capo to lock each string down to the fretboard while tuning. This unit is exactly what I was looking for in a vibrato.

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              great value

                                              By dang!

                                              from nj

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                                              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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