Video: How to Install a Towner Screw–Less Bigsby System

Bigsby systems like the classic Bigsby B3 rank as some of the most recognizable and coveted tremolos found on any guitar. While many assume that a Bigsby install is a major job that requires a professional, the Towner Bigsby System — as shown in the video above — offers a simple and straightforward way to install a Bigsby on your instrument.

Towner Bigsby Systems are also notable for their down tension bar, which gives players the ability to control how much downward tension you want over your strings, controlling string tension and setup.

Bigsby B3 Kit with Towner Down Tension Bar

Towner Systems can be used with any symmetrical guitar that has a stop tailpiece, like Gibson SGs, Les Pauls, and ES semi–hollows. Even if you don't have a Gibson model, you can still install a Towner System on your guitar by replacing the metric stop tailpiece studs, which you can also get from Towner.

We recently had the chance to try one of these Towner systems out for oursevles and wanted to offer this quick tutorial for anyone looking for an easy means of achieving the Bigsby dream.

Installing the Bigsby

  • Step 1: Loosen and remove the strings

  • Step 2: Unscrew the strap button

  • Step 3: Arrange the parts from your Bigsby and Towner kit

  • Step 4: Add four felt pads to the bottom of the Bigsby hinge plate

  • Step 5: Remove Bigsby factory felt pad and re–attach it higher up

  • Step 6: Place the Bigsby on your guitar and put the hinge plate adapter under your strap button

  • Step 7: Re–attach the strap button

Installing the Down Tension System

  • Step 7: Assemble the down tension bar

  • Step 8: Unscrew the tailpiece bolts

  • Step 9: Attach them to the down tension bar with washers between the screws and guitar

  • Step 10: Attach the down tension bar to the guitar

Bringing It All Together

  • Step 11: On the Bigsby itself, place the plastic washer

  • Step 12: String your Bisgby by running the strings under the down tension bar

  • Step 13: Loop the string over the top of the Bigsby pin roll and hook it to the corresponding pin

  • Step 14: Restring and tighten


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