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Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars Chrome

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Everything you need to fit a Bigsby True Vibrato to your Flat Top Solid Body Style Guitar. The Bigsby B5 fits the SGand Les PaulJr and other similar ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Everything you need to fit a Bigsby True Vibrato to your Flat Top Solid Body Style Guitar. The Bigsby B5 fits the SGand Les PaulJr and other similar Models. Kit includes: Bigsby Tailpiece, screws, tension spring, plastic washer, alignment string, and installation Instructions.

Los Angeles. Late 1940s. A love of motorcycles brings together genius engineer Paul Bigsby and music legend Merle Travis. Their friendship inspired Paul to create the first Bigsby True Vibrato Tailpiece. He went on to design a series of Vibratos that rocked the music world. Still the original. Hand Crafted. Sand Cast. Hand Polished. The same way Paul did.

SGand Les PaulJr are Trademarks of Gibson Guitar Corp., which is not associated with Bigsby.


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BigsbyB5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it

By Ryan-h136H

from Pittsburgh

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Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

This is great, I put it on my Gibson SG. Pretty easy to install, just take your time so you do it right. And make sure your guitar is set up right or it won't stay in tune.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

buy it

By cjaxe420

from mo

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Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

I put this on my epi sg 400. Sustain for days. Looks incredible and easy to install. Quality is top notch. A little tricky to string at first but well worth it. Great product and very cool upgrade for your axe.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bigsby B5

By Quicksilver Joe and the Holding Airplane

from Southern California

Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

The day I got my Bigsby B5 I installed it on my SG (Epiphone G400). It was very stressful because I had to drill into my investment, but other than that it was surprisingly easy, and worked out perfectly. Now that it's on, I'm really glad I bought and installed it. Not only is it a very usable and comfortable vibrato, but it looks extremely good. The range is a little narrower than, say, a Floyd Rose, but it is highly sensitive within that range. Besides, a Floyd Rose would look ugly and requires routing out a huge space in the guitar's body to install. This Bigsby even stays in tune longer than I expected. Not as long as a Floyd Rose, obviously, but better than my stock Fender Mustang's vibrato, which is less usable. Bigsby all the way.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tailpiece!

By ClaptonFanDan

from Shingle Springs, CA

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Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

I had one of these put on my Gibson SG special! I do not regret doing so. It gives the SG a Vintage vibe. I love it and my SG because of it!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome trem.

By Azzurri1722

from Wausau, WI

Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

I put one of these on my gibson sg special and I'm very glad that i did. not only does it add tons of versatility to my playing, but it also makes my guitar look really cool. it was very easy to install and i did it myself. the guitar stays in tune incredibly well. overall i am very pleased with this upgrade and i encourage anyone to do the same.

 
5.0

Nothing beats a Bigsby

By The Other Guy Recording & Sound

from Barrington, NH

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      Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

      Installed on an Austin Double Cut Solidbody... ( the B-5 cost more than the guitar was worth)... with a single P-90.... now it sounds incredible!

       
      4.0

      Drilling Required Without Additional Parts

      By Magic Man, Egocentric plastic man

      from Denver, CO

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Additional Part Required to Avoid Drilling holes

      Best Uses

      • Anytime you need to Whammy!

      Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

      Firstly, I love the B5. I installed one on my '16 SG Standard T Cherry and it looks, sounds, and plays amazing. I was concerned about it staying in tune with use, so I also added a bridge with roller saddles at the same time and I've been super happy with the overall results so far. You can't go quite as crazy with it as you could with say, a Floyd Rose, but it does have a good bend range and operation is super smooth. Really my only complaint would have to be that when adding this to a guitar that hasn't already had one installed, drilling into the guitar's finish is required UNLESS you get a Vibramate plate. This is basically an aluminium adapter plate for guitars with a Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece setup that allows you to utilize the original tailpiece anchors by screwing the plate to the guitar, and then the B5 to the plate. No drilling required! The underside of the plate is felt-backed so as to not mar the finish of the guitar, and the it only makes the vibrato sit about 1/4" higher off of the guitar (didn't cause any setup issues). Unfortunately Musicians Friend does not carry the Vibramate at this time, so I bought mine on eBay for fairly cheap. Overall, very happy with the Bigsby B5, but slightly less happy with Musician's Friend for not carrying all the pieces I needed to install it without making holes in my instrument; hence the 4-Stars instead of 5. My suggestion for MF would be to 1.) Start carrying the Vibramate, and 2.) offer a kit that includes both the Bigsby and Vibramate similar to the kits you have for Telecasters.

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I wanted

      By Joe Frank

      from Orlando Fl

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fit perfectly with VibraMate with no mods
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

        Mounted on a reissue of a 70's Gibson RD using a VibraMate. No holes were drilled and with a roller bridge and locking tuners the Bigsby B5 sounds and works great and could be returned to original with no indication it was ever modified. And in addition it looks amazing.

         
        5.0

        I'm looking to put Bigsbys on everything I have!0

        By ROBERT

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

        I purchased 2 Bigsby B5 vibratos from musicians friend, the Bigsbys came to me quickly by mail, my Gibson SG's weren't down for long! These guys have got you're back if you are looking for a quality place to purchase you're gear! I highly recommend musicians friend for anything you may be looking for, their staff are highly informed and willing to go the extra mile to make sure you get what you're looking for. Thanks again! Bob Kramer of Berlin,Md.

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Swabere

        from Phillipsburg, NJ

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bigsby B5 Vibrato Kit - Flat Top Solid-Body Guitars:

            Great quality and super easy to install. Adds so much to the look and feel of my Reverend Sensei.

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