Tell me about Maestro Vibrola tailpiece

truckermde

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I'm really takin' a shine to these '61 SGs with the Vibrola.

Thing is, I only like the looks of it as a tailpiece, and am not interested in using it as a functional vibrato.

Does anyone have experience with isolating it, like is easily done on a Strat with a small piece of hardwood?

I have no hands on experience with one, and as such, can not visualize what to do, which is why I'm asking for input.

Thanks in advance! :)

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I had a 64 with one and like you I didn't use it. I just turned the bar around and forgot about it. But they do look good.
 

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just take the arm off , leave it be...its not going anywhere usually,

or like post above rotate the arm back and tighten the screw

years back i had same tailpiece on my 72 ltd edition firebird, i used it frequently and you learn how sensitive it is and use it accordingly can be very effective .....you cant dive bomb it two or three times in a row and expect it to stay in tune but small accents done with a light touch sound great to me....you just to learn how to use it sparingly , my opinion.

just got another 72 to replace the one i had to sell years ago.....no adjustment needed, just leave the divebombs alone :hmm:
 
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agree with above. if you really must have it out of the mix, do as stated above but you're passing up something that is more musical and artistic, than straight-up-useful, in my opinion. the contraption is pretty wonky and yes, if you push hard, it'll go out of tune, but, it can be incredibly musical and beautiful; putting a tasteful lilt to chord stuff without sounding exaggerated or harsh. I have one a few guitars and really love them, quirks and all. hope it works for you!
 

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Thanks, guys. I wondered about removing the arm & leaving it at that...
 

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I have one on my 355. As others have said, just rotate the arm out of the way and you're golden. It functions better as a cool looking piece of art than a vibrato anyway!
 

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Can't you The Fool that guitar?

I am really gassing for a SG with standard inlays (I have a faded that I added a Bigsby for weight purposes)

I just don't see me paying CS prices but debating whether to get a standard or the 61?
 

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I have a Maestro on my ES-345. I like the look of it, but I find finger vibrato and bends to be more difficult as the unit sags under bends. I can't see a way to block it, as you can with a Strat, but I'm not going to convert it, no way.
 

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I was GASing for the same model OP.

Past experience with a Maestro has not been good tho. Some of them don’t have a good break angle from the factory.
Had a 2018 walnut 355 with one and it wouldn’t stay in tune even without the usage of the arm. So I replaced it with a bigsby:/
 

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I have a Maestro on my ES-345. I like the look of it, but I find finger vibrato and bends to be more difficult as the unit sags under bends. I can't see a way to block it, as you can with a Strat, but I'm not going to convert it, no way.
I was GASing for the same model OP.

Past experience with a Maestro has not been good tho. Some of them don’t have a good break angle from the factory.
Had a 2018 walnut 355 with one and it wouldn’t stay in tune even without the usage of the arm. So I replaced it with a bigsby:/
These were both concerns I had about getting one.

And I'm not really sold on that Trucks mod job. I mean, if I already had the guitar, I can see that as a good remedy, but I don't know about buying one to do it...

Thanks for all the replies :)
 

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You can buy a Derek Trucks or make the same setup ...
Yeah, "making the same setup" is what I was inferring by posting my SG above. To me, it is the best of both worlds having "the look" along with also having a normal hard tail. Just keep it in mind, if you do you just add the plate, it is a good idea to add a ground wire to it.
 

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I'm really takin' a shine to these '61 SGs with the Vibrola.

Thing is, I only like the looks of it as a tailpiece, and am not interested in using it as a functional vibrato.

Does anyone have experience with isolating it, like is easily done on a Strat with a small piece of hardwood?

I have no hands on experience with one, and as such, can not visualize what to do, which is why I'm asking for input.

Thanks in advance! :)

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I got this last Nov/Dec.

Mostly, I just wanted to be able to say words like wangbar and wiggle stick.

I love it. I have to just about go out of my way to use it. No tuning issues at all, for me. Do it. Pull the trigger.

 

truckermde

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I got this last Nov/Dec.

Mostly, I just wanted to be able to say words like wangbar and wiggle stick.

I love it. I have to just about go out of my way to use it. No tuning issues at all, for me. Do it. Pull the trigger.

I do love that!

Nice addition to your Firebird collection. :cheers2:
 

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I love mine…it’s on a 50s tribute husk from stratosphere…
keeps tune amazingly…

im a huge fan and wouldn’t have an sg without one

couldn’t afford the cool ones with the engraving….but the blank is a steal and sounds [and looks] so cool imho

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Maestros are at the same time the most coolest and most useless items you can screw on a Gibson guitar... period!
 

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I love mine…it’s on a 50s tribute husk from stratosphere…
keeps tune amazingly…

im a huge fan and wouldn’t have an sg without one

couldn’t afford the cool ones with the engraving….but the blank is a steal and sounds [and looks] so cool imho

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Whose vibrola did you use?

I put a WD Music one on one of my SGs and that thing was the biggest pain in the butt ever. I had to heat and bend the comb to get the action somewhat reasonable. And then the screws that came with it were too large to fit in the holes, ugh!
 


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