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mackaygtrs
02-12-2013, 07:13 AM
Fixing to order...... Can anyone tell me if this tailpiece is to far forward for the Bigsby B5 w/ V5 Vibramate quick mount kit. Les Paulís and other guitars are usually closer to the bridge??? Thankshttp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7398218780_d5f974746f_c.jpg

GCDEF
02-12-2013, 07:16 AM
Might help if you measured it. Is the top of that guitar flat or carved?

mackaygtrs
02-12-2013, 07:21 AM
Might help if you measured it. Is the top of that guitar flat or carved?

Yes It's carved but Iíve seen them put on carved tops and doesnít look to be a problem and I know it will fit size and space wise just wondering if it will be awkward to play with the bar being about 1-1/2 to 2" further forward??
Thanks

Whiskeyrebel
02-12-2013, 08:55 AM
Are you worried that you will not get a steep enough angle of the string over the saddle, because of the mounting plate lifting the pressure roller away from the body?

mackaygtrs
02-12-2013, 09:03 AM
Just wondering about the arm being too far forward/ away from the usual hand playing position. I posted on Bigsby's FB page with a pic and they said it would not be a problem....it might look a bit funny with the arch od the body though....
Thanks

stickyfiddle
02-12-2013, 09:47 AM
Looks like it'd be fine, subject to the usual caveats of the arm getting in the way of the knobs. That may or may not be a problem depending on how much you use the controls.

Bazaboy33
02-12-2013, 10:55 AM
Be sure to get the Short Vibramate or you may run into trouble with the parts which extend towards the bridge pickup.

mackaygtrs
02-12-2013, 11:07 AM
Be sure to get the Short Vibramate or you may run into trouble with the parts which extend towards the bridge pickup.

Thanks, the one Iím looking at is pretty far away from the bridge and no way near the pickup, i was worried about it actually being too far away...it will use the TP post for mounting and i will just use the original bridge.

Whiskeyrebel
02-12-2013, 01:19 PM
At worst you could always get a longer handle for the Bigsby. They come in different sizes.

IPLAYLOUD
02-12-2013, 01:26 PM
It is a bit far back, but I think it will work.
You might want to have the studs taken out and glued-in for a little more strength.
B5 comes with a 6" arm, you can buy a 9" arm.

I think you'll be good on the angle.

Bazaboy33
02-12-2013, 01:55 PM
My bad. Morning brain...

RussB
02-12-2013, 02:27 PM
Be sure to get the Short Vibramate or you may run into trouble with the parts which extend towards the bridge pickup.


The tailpiece is extra-far away from the bridge, so there's no need for the shorty.

The big concern is the height of the bridge relative to the Bigsby. A Vibramate is 3/16" thick and if that's a Carvin the bridge sits very low on the body...there may be little to no break angle over the saddles.

Also be sure to accurately measure the centerline spacing of your tailpiece bushings. The Vibramate fits Gibson's, but who knows what's on your guitar?

fishinjim
02-12-2013, 04:00 PM
I have the B5/Vibramate set up on this guitar. Maybe it will help you as a point of reference...

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x198/fishinjimmy/83d78c13-3828-4ffc-b7c5-050b001caf06.jpg

On the top of my guitar (low E string), the distance from the center of the bridge screw to the center of the tailpiece screw (where the vibramate mounts) is 1.5 inches.
The bar I have is the 6 inch version.

Looks like your tailpiece is about an inch further back than mine.

If you tend to play over the bridge pickup, accessibility to the bar may not be an issue. That longer bar may be something to consider if you play closer to the neck though... or if you keep the bar in your hand while picking/strumming.

dougk
02-12-2013, 06:22 PM
It'll fit no problem. That's a bit further back than normal but would still work.