I decided since I will be playIng my Gibson SG Standard more often to return it to its stock bridge and tailpiece. I still wanted a vibrato. With that I installed a Bigsby B-12 with Chet Atkins Arm in “Gold “ finish to match the gold finished hardware on my Ibanez AF95 Archtop. Unlike on the Gibson where I used a Vibromate to keep from drilling holes into the body I had to make this a permanent mount by screwing it to the body. What’s cool after using the vibrato by pressing down on the arm the strings go slightly flat by same amount and all I have to do is pull up on the arm once and they are all back in tune. I am sure I will have to tune at some point but this sure helps me
That is a good-looking install. The visual aesthetics of the B12 perfectly match the guitar. Nice choice!
Thanks, I was going to buy the one made for Fender by Bigsby because it comes with the Chet Atkins arm at a lower cost than the B12 + Chet Atkins arm. However when I really zoomed in it had Gretsch inscribed on it So I looked at the B11 and B12 and thought this one looked best. Also, it is nice to have the SG Standard back to stock (as far as Nashville Bridge and Stop Bar Tailpeice goes) I put a new set of Curt Mangram 10-46 Pure Nickel wrap. Those are such good strings for both of these guitars. (Big Thank you to Lefty Meister for the recommendation).
Thanks Eric, I was a bit nervous about having to drill pilot holes in the top and attach it wish screws but I just took a deep breath and plunged forward. So far I am very happy with it. And I am happy I have my SG back to stock bridge and stop bar tailpiece it came with along with some nice Curt Mangan Pure Nickel rounds.
Next step when I am totally sure about the position of the bridge I am considering pinning it down. Before I do that I want to try and intonate with the saddles somewhere near mid position in the bridge so it will have plenty of travel either way. Any instruction or suggestions totally welcome and appreciated