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Towner USA Down Tension Bar, Vibrato Retrofit Kit, Nickel


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  • The Towner Down Tension Bar Provides V.S.T
  • [Variable String Tension]
  • The ability to CANT, RAISE and or LOWER the bar to sit in the sweet spot between your bridge and vibrato tailpiece
  • Available in nickel and gold. Click here to view installation video.

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The Towner Down Tension Bar Provides V.S.T[Variable String Tension]The ability to CANT, RAISE and or LOWER the bar to sit in the sweet spot between your bridge and vibrato tailpieceAvailable in nickel and gold. Click here to view installation video.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00CQBFYIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,808 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 10, 2013

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Didn't fit my guitar ( a very common Epiphone Dot Studio) out of the box - either in terms of post diameter or spacing between the posts. That is probably more a commentary on variability between low-cost guitar manufacturers than anything, but it would have been nice to have been given more detailed fitment information and warnings up front.
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Anyone who's owned a big arch-top with a single roller vibrato (i.e. Bigsby B3/B30) knows how much easier it is to bend strings because of the longer "effective" length of the string. The effective length is generally from the Nut to the Bridge however on a guitar with a single roller vibrato, the shallow angle of the strings over the bridge decreases the tension and allows the string to be more easily stretched over it's entire length (nut to vibrato). The problem with smaller electric guitars is that they're generally too flat to produce sufficient pressure between the bridge and strings forcing the use of a vibrato with a second (tension) roller. The Towner Down-Tension Bar solves that problem, however not without a couple of considerations. The first is that many electrics, including Les Paul's, require using a spacer to make up for the shorter length of the guitar, which you can easily fabricate from wood or you can purchase an aluminum one online. The second issue is that you may have to add glue to the Stop-Bridge inserts to keep the tension bar from Lifting them out of the guitar. I personally love the fact that using a single roller Vibrato facilitates the use of a smaller Bigsby that distracts less from the beauty of the guitar. For those that wonder about the down-sides of adding a Bigsby, I'll share my experience. First, the guitar will likely require more frequent retuning, especially right after installing new strings and/or heavy/extended vibrato use. Second, the longer "effective" sting length may reduce string sustain somewhat.
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