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TOWNER VIBRATO GUITAR PARTS SYSTEMS, Made in the U.S.A., Southern California, are innovative and SCREW-LESS designs for your BIGSBY® Vibrato Tailpiece installations. Products designed to protect the integrity of your guitar and provide an innovative string control device. The DOWN TENSION BAR mounts to the stop tailpiece studs in place of the stop tailpiece and has the ability to be raised or lowered to manage your guitars string sustain.

 

  • The TOWNER HINGE PLATE ADAPTOR is designed to act as a retainer with the button screw placed through the strap button lifting the strap lock button or strap button above the slot through the BIGSBY® B3 and BIGSBY® B7 hinge plates. Enabling easier access to the strap lock or strap button and providing relief from drilling in four extra screws in your guitar body. Strap lock buttons such as SCHALLER STRAP Locks, DUNLOP Strap Locks and GROVER Strap Locks do not fit between the slot of the BIGSBY® B3 and BIGSBY® B7 hinge plates. But with the very inexpensive solution of the Hinge Plate Adaptor you can install SCHALLER STRAP Locks, DUNLOP Strap Locks and GROVER Strap Locks without a hitch. Lifting the strap lock button above the slot for easy access and perfect fit.

 

  • The TOWNER V.BLOCK is designed for BIGSBY® B3 vibrato tailpieces to fit on LES PAUL type guitar bodies. The V.BLOCK acts simply as a 1/2″ shim to set back the BIGSBY® B3 spring cup away from butting up against the right stop tailpiece stud or left stop tailpiece stud if you have a left handed BIGSBY® B3 vibrato tailpiece. The V.BLOCK allows the BIGSBY® to lay properly on the guitar body.

 

  • The TOWNER DOWN TENSION BAR manages your sustain controlling your break angle. The TOWNER Down Tension Bar is designed to work with the BIGSBY® B3, BIGSBY® B6, BIGSBY® B11, BIGSBY® B30 and BIGSBY® B60 vibrato tailpieces.

TOWNER SYSTEMS are simple, intelligent and innovative designs to support every one of the BIGSBY® vibrato players worldwide from blues, country rockacbilly, twangy surf guitar, southern rock, metal, stoner metal,grunge, psychedelic, shoegaze, garage rock n’ roll.

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I completed the installation of the Bigsby on my Epiphone Sheraton II and it is gorgeous. Pictures attached. You have my permission to use these photos for promotional or other purposes.  Interestingly, the tailpiece studs were the same diameter as my 1999 Sheratons.  The new ones were a little longer and had better fitting threads so I went ahead and used them.  The Gold was worn off the top of the old studs anyway so the new ones look better.
 
I am so happy that I found your products.  When looking at the Bigsby web site, they recommend the B-3 for the 335 style guitars.  I could tell that the B-3 was way to short for these guitars and the handle would not be easily reachable.  Your recommendation of using the B-6 with your replacement hinge plate makes the B-6 the perfect vibrato for the 335 style guitars.  No other web sites made this recommendation.
 
The Towner Down Tension Bar is also the perfect device to use with the 335 installation.  Not only does it eliminate the problem of what to do with the old tailpiece stud holes, it completes the necessary grounding of the strings.  The 335 style guitars ground the strings by an electrical connection to the treble side tailpiece stud.  Without physical connection between the strings and this stud, the strings would be ungrounded and be subject to electrical noise.
 

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