Bigsby B6 Hinge Plate Modification Swap with B3 / B7 Hinge Plate
Alright. It took forever for my Bigsby B6G to show up – distributor issues and then no stock at Bigsby… But it finally made it. A few other things did too – a set of gold plated Grover Roto-grip locking tuners – installed once I swapped the stock Imperial style buttons onto the Rotogrips and then the needed items for the surgery.
The new bits are as follows:
• Bigsby B6
• Towner Down Tension Bar and Hinge Plate Adaptor
• Replacement Bigsby Hinge Pin
• Bigsby B3 / B7 Hinge assembly
All parts are obviously gold to match the existing hardware on the guitar.
The Towner down tension bar is made for standard stop-tail posts. I didn’t have those. This turned out to be a problem – the posts were to thick to slide into the fittings for of the Towner down tension bar. *SOLUTION: See TOWNERUSA.com for metric studs with appropriate neck width for Towner Down Tension Bar.
In the end, it looks like this:
I’m very happy. In the end the hinge looks great and very clean. It might be my favorite guitar I’ve ever had at this point – certainly the prettiest. I am needing a single Bigsby mounting screw – the B6 only uses three but the B7 uses four… but I’ll find something suitable soon enough. I will be ordering a TonePros roller bridge today for the last piece of the puzzle.