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Vibrato tailpieces designed by Paul A. Bigsby.
Vibrato - Bigsby, B7, for arch-top electric guitars
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Designed for use on arch top electric guitars. Bigsby B7 Specifications
  • Model Name: B-7
  • Series: Original Kalamazoo Line
  • Manufacturing Method: Cast
  • Manufacturing Material: Aluminum
  • Approximate weight: 354 grams/12.5 oz.
  • Overall Length: 8 ¾" /222.3 mm
  • Overall Width: 3 5/8" /92.1 mm
  • Arm adjusts with 1/8" Allen wrench and 5/16" socket wrench

Bigsby B7 Includes:
  • Tremolo
  • Arm Assembly
  • 6 Mounting Screws
  • Spring
  • Plastic Washer
  • Installation Instructions
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Tension Spring - Bigsby, Vibrato, ~\frac{11}{16}~" long
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Genuine Bigsby® replacement spring for tremolo units. These springs are 11/16" (17.5mm) in length and are the shortest springs available from Bigsby®. 11/16" springs are shorter than the standard ⅞” (22.2mm) springs that are stock in most Bigsby models. This spring can be used to lower the trem arm.
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Tension Spring - Bigsby, Vibrato, 1 ⅛" long
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Genuine Bigsby® replacement spring for tremolo units. These springs are 1 1/8" (28.6mm) in length and are the longest springs available from Bigsby®. 1 1/8" springs are longer than the standard ⅞” (22.2mm) springs that are stock in most Bigsby models. This spring can be used to raise the trem arm.
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Vibrato - Bigsby, B5, for flat-top electric guitars
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The B5, sometimes referred as the Bigsby "horseshoe" is designed for flat top solid body guitars. Attaching via four screws to a guitar's top, the B5 is extremely versatile. B5s are common on many styles of guitars including SGs, Les Paul Jrs, Telecasters, and Rickenbacker 325s. Bigsby B5 Specifications
  • Model Name: B-5
  • Series: Original Kalamazoo Line
  • Manufacturing Method: Cast
  • Manufacturing Material: Aluminum
  • Approximate Weight: 287 Grams
  • Overall Length: 4.75"/120.65mm
  • Overall Width: 3.7"/93.98mm
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Washer - Bigsby, Plastic, for tremolo units
Genuine Bigsby® replacement washer for tremolo units. This white plastic washer sits beneath the spring in the cup located on the frame. These washers reduce noise and potential damage to the spring and cup.
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Tension Spring - Bigsby, Vibrato ⅞" long
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Genuine Bigsby® replacement spring for tremolo units. These springs are 7/8" (22.2mm) in length. 7/8" springs are the standard size included with most stock Bigsby® models.
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Tension Spring - Bigsby, Vibrato, 1" long
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Genuine Bigsby® replacement spring for tremolo units. These springs are 1" (25.4mm) in length. 1" springs are longer than the standard ⅞” (22.2mm) springs that are stock in most Bigsby models. This spring can be used to raise the trem arm.
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Washer - Bigsby, Fiber, for vibrato handle
Genuine Bigsby® replacement vibrato handle washer.
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Screw - Bigsby, for Mounting to Guitar body
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Genuine Bigsby® mounting screws. These are the same screws that come stock with many Bigsby® vibrato units. These wood screws are for mounting the vibrato to the top of the guitar body.
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Hinge - Bigsby, Extra Short, stock for B3 / B7
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Genuine Bigsby® replacement hinge for vibrato units. This hinge is the stock hinge used on the B7 and B3.
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      Screw - Bigsby, Regular #125, Hinge
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      Genuine Bigsby® mounting screws. These are the same screws that come stock with many Bigsby® vibrato units. These wood screws are for mounting the hinge to the edge of the guitar body.
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      Vibrato - Bigsby, B6, for large hollow-body guitars
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      Designed for use on thin hollow body and semi-hollowbody guitars
      Bigsby B6 Specifications
      • Model Name: B-6
      • Series: Original Kalamazoo Line
      • Manufacturing Method: Cast
      • Manufacturing Material: Aluminum
      • Approximate weight: 311 grams/11 oz.
      • Overall Length: 9" /235 mm
      • Overall Width: 3 5/8" / 92.1 mm
      • Arm adjusts with 1/8" Allen wrench and 5/16" socket wrench
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      Vibrato - Bigsby, B5, for Flat-Top Electric, Pinless String Bar
      A genuine Bigsby B5 vibrato with a modified string mounting bar that features counterbore holes for a string-through style rather than the original mounting pins. This version allows for quick and easy restrings.
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      Pin - Bigsby, Hinge, genuine replacement
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      Genuine Bigsby® replacement hinge pin for tremolo units. This hinge pin measures 1 13/16" from the base of the head to the end.
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      Vibrato - Bigsby, B3, for thin hollow and semi-hollow guitars
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      Designed for use on thin electric hollow and semi-hollow guitars Bigsby B3 Specifications
      • Model Name: B-3
      • Series: Original Kalamazoo Line
      • Manufacturing Method: Sand Cast
      • Manufacturing Material: Aluminum
      • Approximate weight: 296 grams/10.4 oz.
      • Overall Length: 7 5/8" /193.7mm
      • Overall Width: 3 5/8" /92.1mm
      • Arm adjusts with 1/8" Allen wrench and 5/16" socket wrench
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      Guitar Part - Bigsby, Spring, Handle
      • Genuine Bigsby® Vibrato Handle Pivot Spring.
      • Diameter is 0.37 in. Height is 0.359 in.
      • Used for handle pivot resistance.
      • Located on underside of pivot joint on handle between the pivot nut and the handle.
      • Not to be confused with a "Tension Spring".
      • Picture is enlarged to show detail.
      • Bigsby Part# 0495-1960
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      Handle - Bigsby, Chet Atkins complete assembly
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      Genuine Bigsby® Chet Atkins complete handle assembly for use with Bigsby vibrato units. This assembly attaches to vibratos using the included set screw.
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      Bridge Plate - Bigsby, for Telecaster Guitar
      Genuine Bigsby® Telecaster® plate for use with B5 vibratos. Standard Telecasters will require modifications for use with this plate. Five mounting wood screws included. Bridge sold seperately.
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      Pin - Bigsby, Roller, genuine replacement
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      Genuine Bigsby® replacement roller pin. This roller pin is stock to the B5 and B7 vibrato units.
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      Handle Stud - Bigsby, genuine replacement
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      Genuine Bigsby® replacement handle stud.
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      Bridge - Bigsby, Sorkin / Bowtie Assembly

      Genuine Bigsby® Sorkin bridge assembly for use with Bigsby vibrato units. The Sorkin bridge is also known as the bowtie bridge.
      2 13/16” stud spacing.

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      Shim - Bigsby, 1953 Original Telecaster
      Genuine Bigsby® aluminum neck shim for use with B16 or other vibratos. This item is a replica of the original 1953 Bigsby® neck shim made for Telecasters using the B16 vibrato. These shims are made of a lightweight aluminum and raise the neck 3/16" for a proper angle to work with the floating bridge. The shim is not drilled. Bigsby suggests using a 3/8" drill bit.
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      Bracket - Bigsby, Chet Atkins, top piece
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      Genuine Bigsby® Chet Atkins bracket, top piece, for use with Bigsby vibrato units. Includes set screws for mounting the arm. Lower piece, fiberwasher, handle spring and nut sold separately. Pre-installed handle stud not included on gold version.

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      Bridge - Bigsby, Les Paul bridge assembly
      Genuine Bigsby® Les Paul bridge assembly for use with Bigsby vibrato units.
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