Vibramate And a Bigsby For ES-335?

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  1. joevacc

    joevacc Supporting Member

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    Has anyone installed one of these Vibramate's and a Bigsby B7 on their Gibson ES-335? I am throwing around the idea.

    How did you like/dislike it? I have a trem on my Strat (Floyd Rose) and I use it a fair amount when I play it but I have never really played a Bigsby. I do worry about intonation and tuning. This guitar is dead on in that respect so I would hate to have that bother me.

    I swore when I got my 335 that I would not mess with it, because it is perfect - but everybody loves a little vibrato! Drilling this guitar is not an option for me.
     
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  2. Peteyforto

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    I think you have to use a B5 on and ES-335. Or you could use a B6 with a Towner bar.
     
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  3. Stratobuc

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    Have you looked at the link?
     
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  4. mattymel

    mattymel Supporting Member

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    B7 is the way to go with a 335. I drilled mine in and have zero regrets. I put a Schaller roller bridge on mine and if anything the sustain and intonation improved from the pigtail TOM I had on.
     
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  5. lpdeluxe

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    I put a Vibramate and a B5 on my 335 (see pic). I didn't like the look -- in my mind you really need a B7 on a 335. Eventually I bought a B7-equipped Carvin SH550 off craigslist and put the stop tail back on the Gibson. Vibramate makes a mounting kit for 335/B7: http://www.vibramate.com/vibramate-v7-335-install.php

    I tried to post a pic of the 335/B5, without result.
     
  6. rockinrobby

    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    I have used one it's ok!!! Took it off though… :)

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  7. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Member

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    Here's the missing pic:

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  8. Whiskeyrebel

    Whiskeyrebel Supporting Member

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    B6/Towner is what I put on my Epi Dot. Compared to a Bigsby with a built in pressure roller, it allows you to soften the break angle and get a more hollowbody-style decay on the notes, if you like. Or you can crank the bar down and make the response similar to the stop tailpiece.
     
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  9. townerusa

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    Here's a Gibson ES-335 Dot with a BIGSBY B6 and TOWNER Down Tension Bar and Hinge Plate Adaptor installed. The B6 has the hinge plate swapped for a BIGSBY B3/B7 hinge plate.

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