Christian J Towner
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Hardware : BIGSBY Retrofit Solutions by TOWNER
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Luthiers & Guitar Techs,back in 2011 I introduced to market the down tension bar to retrofit Bigsby B3's and B6's (with 'ex-short' hinge plate) to guitars with stop tailpieces. Since then in 2013…Continue

Tags: b6, gibson, epiphone, , , ", b3

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christian J Towner Mar 10.

Towner Vibrato Retrofit Kit
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I've invented a way to NOT DRILL HOLES in your guitar body when installing a BIGSBY B3, B30 or B60 vibrato bar. It's a very simple and inexpensive idea... Please visit and share this info with your…Continue

Tags: Paul, Les, Gibson, ES, 335

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pierre-Antoine Roiron May 22, 2011.

Bigsby Vibrato Retrofit Kit
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I found this site and thought it would be a good opportunity to share my device with you all. I have invented a kit that alleviated myself from drilling holes in the deck of my Gibson ES-335 dot…Continue

Tags: retrofit, kit, gibson, vibrato, b60

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christian J Towner Feb 3, 2011.


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Towner Vibrato Guitar Parts for your Bigsby Tailpiece

“A Down Tension Bar Providing VST | Variable String Tension”

Back in 2007 I invested in a Gibson ES-335 without a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece factory installed. The guitar was a good deal and at the time and I didn’t think I would really need or want a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Well, it turns out I did want a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece the more I played. I began speaking with guitar technicians and the suggestion of putting the Bigsby B3 on instead of the Bigsby B7, to prevent drilling extra holes in the body of the guitar, came up often. I installed a Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece. After I installed the Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece and began to playing the guitar, the strings would slip off the bridge because there wasn’t enough down tension between the bridge and the vibrato tailpiece. So, I began to think about how I could prevent the strings from slipping off the guitar bridge. I came up with a number of ideas to remedy the issue of strings slipping off the guitar bridge by making use of the existing studs mounted in the guitar. Settling on the design you see at this website, it ended up providing more than one benefit to installing the Towner USA down tension bar.


The Towner down tension bar is a SCREW-LESS system that mounts in place of the stop tailpiece on the existing studs and provide a longer button screw ONLY with Towner Hinge-Plate Adaptor.


The Towner down tension bar provides V.S.T. [Variable String Tension] controlling the break angle between the bridge and vibrato tailpiece with the adjustment of each stud to the desired height.


Towner Vibrato Guitar Parts alleviate the guitar owner from drilling holes in the body of the guitar, when installing aBigsby B3Bigsby B6Bigsby B7 (*Towner HPA Only)Bigsby B11Bigsby B30 or Bigsby B60 vibrato tailpiece.

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