I know the lyre vibrolas look cool but.......

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  1. skydog

    skydog Senior Member

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    every post I see dealing with them mentions how hard they are to keep in tune yet they seem to be the favorite arrangement. The prettiest ones (IMHO) are the ebony block ones but I've heard about tuning problems with them too. So is it just the appearance that seems to sour everyone on the fixed tailpiece bridges? They don't look that bad, and they're solid.
     
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    patrick ginnaty Senior Member

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    I believe that they sound different, also. I've seen it described as similar to the difference between a hardtail and trem Strat.

    I never had a problem with the vibrola making my old SG stay in tune.
     
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    335blues Senior Member

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    I have a 1968 ES-355TDSV (see pic at left) with a Lyre and it stays in tune very well. In fact, even after not playing it for a week, I can pick it up to play and it is perfectly in tune. Maybe some of the mentioned problems with staying in tune are with their tuners instead of the Lyre.
     
  4. 27sauce

    27sauce Senior Member

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    I dont have problems with mine staying in tune. '62 with a short Vibrola
     
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    skydog Senior Member

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    wow! all of a sudden, no one has problems with their vibrolas! there, i fixed it!
     
  6. SoloDallas

    SoloDallas Senior Member

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    Well, people do have problems with vibrola when USING them: won't work.

    But if you just let is sit there, won't ever make a difference.
     
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    27sauce Senior Member

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    I actually use mine, and dont have tuning issues. Maybe people have problems with the RI's?

    My SG is my "rockabilly" guitar, as odd as it sounds, so plenty of wang twangin goin on.
     
  8. SoloDallas

    SoloDallas Senior Member

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    That's cool if you use it!
    I'll actually try one of mine later and see what happens. I dont have reissues
     
  9. 27sauce

    27sauce Senior Member

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    Frank Marino uses his, pretty hard too.
     
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    I must have been doing something wrong lol
     
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    27sauce Senior Member

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auxg0IZI9x4&feature=related]YouTube - ‪Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush‬‏[/ame]
     
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  12. skydog

    skydog Senior Member

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    Wow! What's the pickup arrangement on that axe?
     
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    27sauce Senior Member

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    27sauce Senior Member

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    Some other SG's of his.
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    SoloDallas Senior Member

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    Frank Marino rocks and is a super dude. Very nice guy.
     
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    mikey see Senior Member

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    I guess if you love the look but don't want the supposed issues you come up with something like this.

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    I think that the Gibson vibrola that has the most problems staying in tune is the side pull trem that came on the '60 to fairly early '62 SG LP standards and customs. Not the ones mentioned above.
     
  18. SoloDallas

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    Mikey,
    defintely!

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    I have no problems with any of mine as long as I don't get too crazy with them (no dive bombing etc lol) and as long as I lube the saddles and nut with nut sauce.
     
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    Homemade or bought? Looks good!
     

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