Anyone played a Gibson Vibrola ?

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  1. OlAndrew

    OlAndrew Member

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    Hows it compare with a Bigsby ? I see most of the older 355s have the Vibrola.
     
  2. Vintage-tone

    Vintage-tone Gold Supporting Member

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    Vibrola is the Brand, they did many models of trem.
    Could you post a pic or a year ?
    Basically the Vibrola called "side to side" that you see on Les paul 61 and 62, even tho some had Bigsbies and the Ebony tailpiece with Vibrola arm.
    The Side to side is a very heavy and quite complicated trem. I really dislike it personally but of course it s a piece of gibson history so when it s on a guitar we just let it be :D Lots of 335 345 and 355 are also equipped with it. Due to its complicated spring system and natural wear, a lot of them don t stay in tune at all and they are heavy. It s pretty though !
    The "lyre" Vibrola is a very simple concept and works just fine . It s light and stable when you re not using it and bend your strings, mute the strings etc.
    I hope that helps :D
     
  3. jeffwith1f

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    I played an old non-reverse firebird with the vibrola style tremelo on it. It was more stable and solid than I thought it would be.
     
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    my '61 355 mono has the "side to side" trem, and I either avoid it by keeping the arm folded, or use it gentley to get that vocal wavering feedback at the end of a tune. Not the best invention to come out of the golden years at Gibson, but sure looks cool, and doesn't seem to detract from the killer tone of the instrument. Wish I could afford a matching SG custom. I'll try to post a pic this weekend.
     
  5. The Pup

    The Pup Supporting Member

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    Yes.

    I love Bigsbys; Maestros...not so much.

    I use them subtly...but the Maestro is just not my thing (even if you mitigate the tuning problems). I would rather have a stop bar.
     

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