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Hey Gibson Vibrola dudes

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Well this little short scale Melody Maker is eatin' on me -- first short scale MM I have seen w/ Vibrola. All the others seen were stop tail pieces. Assuming it's original -- of course most people remove these or don't use them because it's felt they pretty much suck. BUT has anyone ever tweaked on one and made it even a little better? Just had wondered if there were any adjustments/mods and tweaks that improve them.

https://reverb.com/item/282...

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Well, that vibrola sure is one ugly SOB. A high school shop project would probably look better than that!

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I have one of these on my 67 SG Jr. but it really is the same as on my 69 SG Std. It's not a Bigsby by any means but the works OK with in their limitations. In the old days the Vibrola was all I had, then I got a Bigsby and found out what I was missing. Thanks John

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I had one on a Kalamazoo. The "spring" as they call it, cracked at a screw. Up until then I loved it. Just the right amount of vibrato for me. It had a slight crack when I got it and I guess that I got a bit too aggressive with it and broke it.....man, now I miss it! Anyone have a "spring" laying around??

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I had one for a while. I don't think they suck. They're definitely limited and don't have the substantial feel and responsiveness of a Bigsby, but for a subtle shimmer, they do the job just fine. I have more experience with the Rickenbacker Ac'cent, and they're pretty much the same thing.

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I've got an SG...72 or 73 with the Bigsby that sits in the case.

It's weird, because it's not a Gretsch or a Strat, and I have no desire to pop it back on, as it sounds and looks just fine as is.

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I am not too sure, but would be interested to know as well! Earl | Link


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