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Winter NAMM 2017!


Each January ushers in the phenomenal experience that is NAMM!  Drawing crowds from around the globe into the Anaheim Convention Center, 2017 saw a new record of 106,928 visitors!  Four glorious days filled to the brim with new gear and an all-access opportunity to check out on your own terms. While the generally sunny days gave way to some intense rain, the halls were packed with excited convention goers.  Perhaps the largest, most intense, and fun event of its kind anywhere on earth–nothing compares to NAMM!  According to NAMM, the 2017 registration and attendance topped 106k showcasing more than 7,000 brands!

We say and feel this each year but, sincere gratitude and thanks to those that stopped by to visit and check out our full product line.  Seeing folks getting up close and being able to compare our different vibrato models in person is what makes this show so incredible and drives us!  While our booth is the epicenter of Bigsby tailpieces at the show, it certainly wasn’t the only place they could be found.  All around the show, our vibratos were featured on dozens of the most well-known and established brands along with new companies and boutique builders.  Check out the photos below for a small taste of this great event; and you can check out NAMM’s gallery HERE! It is always a humbling experience to see how folks use our vibratos, but 2017 NAMM was somethin’ else!


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Just around the corner…Winter NAMM 2017!


As we approach the new year, one cannot help but think about the future.  In this case, that means NAMM! Thousands of exhibitors, outstanding gear around every turn, and a chance for the music industry to get together face-to-face and reconnect.  Our final prep is going on now and we’re excited to be heading back to the Anaheim Convention Center! The 2017 NAMM Show will be held January 19-22. Even though this is a Trade Only event, you can expect show updates from the show floor throughout the event! Once again, our booth will be in Hall D, booth 3540. Be sure to come by and say hello and check out our full line of True Vibratos. One of our favorite things about the NAMM Show is to see how many manufacturers use our tailpieces; got any guesses? Check our wrap up report after the show for the total!

See you soon Anaheim!

Lots of great information about happenings at the show from NAMM HERE.

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GuitArlington 2016-That’s a wrap!

While we live in an ever increasingly digital world, some screens can’t compare to actual reality.  Case in point is annual extravaganza that is GuitArlington!  Thousands of guitars, enthusiasts, new gear, and palpable energy await all who entered.  If you haven’t yet made the trek, and you’re a lover of guitars, you really should put it on your calendar for 2017.    The sheer size and diversity of gear is mind-boggling.  Happy as always to be next to our favorite pals TV Jones, who fresh from the Holy Grail Show in Berlin, brought along some truly awe-inspiring guitars. Check out these amazing treasures…

This year was no exception and some really amazing items were showcased throughout the show. Adding to the delight was the fact that Heritage Auctions had a showing during the event; save up those pennies the Bigsby ‘Luke’ guitar is still available! Many thanks to everyone who came out and made this an incredible and fun weekend! See you next year!

Check out more photos from the show HERE.



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DIY–Install a Specialty handle on your vibrato!

Lately, we’ve been getting many requests for information on our specialty handles and how to install them. Luckily, we created a video last year showing the process–and how easy it can be! If you’ve been thinking about adding a Chet Atkins wire, Duane Eddy, or Merle Travis handle to your guitar, this video is for you.  Please note that this works on our Original Kalamazoo series vibratos only (not on our Lightning Series 1&2).   Hopefully this video will help answer all of the those questions and soothes the mind……Enjoy!

Interested in adding one to your guitar? Stop by your favorite local guitar shop and pick one up!

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GuitArlington 2016!

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Time for GuitArlington 2016 and boy do we dig the poster! The end of summer is near, sweaters are about to come out of storage and we’re planning a trip to Texas! We’ll be heading back to the Lone Star state to a part of the great weekend.  The dates for 2106 are October 15-16, and we sure are excited.  Make plans to be at the Arlington Convention Center that weekend, located at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011. As has become tradition over the past few years, we are going to with our pals from TV Jones! We’ll have our full line of products on display as will TV Jones (make plans to check out their killer new Strat and Tele pups!).  Last, but certainly not least, we’ll be offering FREE installations throughout the show! Check out this FLYER and email tech Adam Seutter at for more details and to reserve your time slot.  If your guitar is already equipped with a Bigsby, feel free to bring it by for a FREE 8-point Pit Stop check up! A brief visit that is sure to get your Bigsby working in tip top shape! We look forward to seeing YOU soon!

Check out photos from last year HERE

More information from the promoter HERE.

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A visit to the Bachman/Gretsch Exhibit at the CMHOF!

Much has been written about the amazing collection of vintage Gretsch guitars currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame (CMHOF) in Nashville.  As American Sound and Beauty nears the end of its run, which closes on July 17, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out while we were in town for Summer NAMM a few weeks back.  Bachman-Turner Overdrive founder Randy Bachman spent many years collecting a 385 strong collection of rare-and in some cases one of a kind-Gretsches after having his prized 6120 stolen in the mid 70s.  In 2008 the Gretsch Foundation purchased the entire collection and donated it to the CMHOF.  Of that massive and impressive collection, 75 stunning examples were chosen to showcase the breadth and varied history of Gretsch Guitars.  This is the largest display of instruments that the museum has ever mounted.  Broken down into three distinctive categories: American Made 1927-1947, The Golden Era 1946-1966, and The Baldwin Era 1967-1981, visitors have the opportunity to see development and innovation over many decades. It’s difficult to overstate the driving force that Gretsch has been over the decades and this collection demonstrates that.  Whether its the incredible options including newly introduced (at the time) Bigsby vibratos, sparkle finishes, zero-frets, or revolutionary stereo options, its all on display. Below are a few of the photos we snapped during our visit. Drooling and heart pitter patters are acceptable…

Check out more on the exhibit from the CMHOF HERE

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