j. pierce Posted May 22, 2007 Report Share Posted May 22, 2007 I'm a fan of Bigsby tremolos. The one thing that bothers me, however is that while the trem arm and rollers are plated, the bodies are just polished aluminum. It's actually a quite attractive look when the unit is new, but I can't keep that look going for the life of me. The aluminum oxidizes and gets gross over time, no matter my best attempts to keep it looking healthy. I think I just sweat too much when I play or something. I can keep plated hardware looking decent if I take care of it. But I don't want a gold Bigsby. Stewart Macdonald until very recently carried a B-7 knockoff (listed as an "Aluminum Vibrato" in there catalog) that from the description sounded like it was plated, but going to the page for the item says it's been discontinued. Anyone seen a nickel or chrome plated Bigsby-esque bridge? I've reworked my current plans for a different trem unit at this time, (I was on the fence as it was, this is a good excuse to try something I haven't before) but I'd really like to get a source for this for future builds, otherwise I'll be seeing about dis-assembling my B-5 and seeing if I can't get it plated somewhere. Or maybe I should just learn to like the gold and black finishes Bigsby offer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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