When music lover and motorcycle enthusiast Paul Bigsby said "I can build anything", he wasn't kidding. In fact, that was his response to country-western guitarist Merle Travis in 1946 when Merle sketched up an idea for a guitar and asked Paul if he could make it. This led to the first Bigsby Solid Body electric guitar - unique in that all six of the tuning pegs were on one side of its headstock. While Bigsby guitars became quite popular throughout the music world in the '50s and '60s, it was his tremolo arm that gained him the most notoriety. Also known as a whammy bar or vibrato tailpiece, these devices allow guitarists to bend the pitch of notes and chords to create various effects. Easy to install and even easier to use, Bigsby vibratos are available for a wide range of guitar models, and this section is loaded with options.
Before choosing a Bigsby, you need to be sure that the one you go with matches your guitar model. For example, the B3 Vibrato Kit is perfect for archtop hollowbody guitars like the ES-335. In this kit you'll receive the Bigsby tailpiece, screws, plastic washer, tension spring, alignment string and installation instructions. With the top-selling B3 Vibrato Kit, you can enjoy countless pitch bends and never have to worry about going out of tune.
Now for those who own Telecasters, look no further than the B5 Fender Vibrato Kit. Leo Fender and Paul Bigsby worked closely together from very early on; the Telecaster's headstock is said to even be inspired by Paul's original Solid Body electric guitar design. With that in mind, the B5 Fender Vibrato Kit has everything you need to fit a whammy bar to your Telecaster.
And if these Bigsby vibratos aren't what you're after, there are other choices in this catalog as well, including models for Gibson Les Paul guitars and other solid bodies. Handcrafted, sand-casted and hand polished, a Bigsby vibrato would make an exceptional addition to the axe of any player who loves vintage rock'n'roll sounds.
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