What vibrato do you use for your Les Paul?

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  1. humbert

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    Let's not kid ourselves -- I love the Fender-style tremolo system of my Fernandes -- but I love the thick chunk and endless sustain of my Les Paul. I'm thinking I'd rather just put a vibrato system on my Paul and use that primarially for shows than the Fernandes.

    There aren't a ton of options, as far as I know. But what do you Gearpagers like?

    I've looked into: Bigsbys, Les Trem, and Stetsbar. Is there anything else out there? And what do you guys think about these trem systems?

    Thanks,

    Tim Nordberg
     
  2. Don Ramsay

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    My two cents...
    Don't know about the second one, but the Stet's trem is totally non-invasive and reversible.
    Besides, I know how well the "linear" approach works, and (in the Stetbar's case) like the fact that the tune-o-matice bridge also goes along for the ride.
    Don
     
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    If you put a bar on a Les Paul, it's not going to sound like a Les Paul anymore.
     
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    Don't forget the recently reissued Kahlers
     
  6. humbert

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    how much routing would those require?
     
  7. Rama

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    best I remember about a tablespoon's worth

    They may compromise tone with the roller bridge saddles but there is no smoother more dramatic trem out there...

    I'm considering doing one of my Hamer Studios
     
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    You could buy this from me :)
    No wood needs to be removed easily reversible you don't even drill any holes. It was used very little a mater of hours. It's been sitting in a box ever since. Made by Washburn.

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    I'm with this guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh, BS! No change in "LP sound" with a Bigsby. But, it's not like a dive-bomb Fender trem. Offers very nice subtle whammy tones. Don't know of any tremelo that will give you Fender-type whammy on a Les Paul. Don't personally want that either.
     
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    Kahler is back in business and they have two different models of bolt on trems for the LP. No modifications and totally reversable. That's the one I would take.

    http://www.kahlerusa.com/

    JT
     
  13. amc

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    Unfortunately, there would be some top routing required
    if any of the Kahler systems would be used on a Les Paul
     
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    JDouglee, how different do you find the tone from a regular LP bridge and stop tail? Your guitar looks great.
     
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    I got a Bigsby on my R7 (came with it), looks very classy but I really don't even use it that much.
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    Bigsby B-7 is great!

    Westy
     
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    To be honest not much difference. Nice sustain and "snarl" to it.
     

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