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 Post subject: Roller bridge
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:15 am 
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What was the purpose of the old roller bridges found on vintage 6 strings models? Were there any benefits?


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 Post subject: Re: Roller bridge
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:24 am 
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On the original Kaufman vibrola tailpiece, the strings take a sharp dive downwards towards the body at the bridge. A standard knife-edge bridge would soon lead to string failure with any type of aggressive termolo use. Rollers allow strings to move with minimum friction or scuff at that break point.

Some nice photos at http://www.ricbeat.com, click on the 325c58 model tab at left.

Same logic applies when using Bigsby.


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 Post subject: Re: Roller bridge
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:54 am 
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I have a roller bridge on a SG with vibrola. Its a must for staying in tune too! I added a bone nut too on that guitar and shes good to go!


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