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BIGSBY® B3 with the TOWNER V.BLOCK, Down Tension Bar and Hinge Plate Adaptor System

Designed for the BIGSBY® B3 vibrato tailpieces ONLY.

The TOWNER V.BLOCK is designed set the BIGSBY® spring cup back 1/2″ inch from butting up against the stop tailpiece stud.

The TOWNER V.BLOCK System works best with LES PAUL or short type guitar bodies to mount a BIGSBY® B3 vibrato tailpiece.

The TOWNER Down Tension Bar manages your sustain controlling your break angle.

With the ability to raise or lower the TOWNER Down Tension Bar you can control how much downward tension you want on your strings, therefore, managing the guitar string sustain.

The TOWNER Hinge Plate Adaptor is designed to lift your strap lock or strap button out above the slot in BIGSBY® B3 hinge plates for easier access to your strap lock or strap button. Some strap lock buttons and strap buttons do not fit between the slot of the BIGSBY® B3 hinge plates.

The TOWNER Hinge Plate Adaptor slot provides room for exact placement of the BIGSBY®.

The TOWNER Hinge Plate Adaptor acts as a retainer holding the BIGSBY® vibrato tailpiece to the guitar body with a 2″ screw placed through the strap button, relieving you from having to drill the four extra screws into your guitar provided with BIGSBY® B3 vibrato tailpieces.


*NOTE – CHECK WIDTH of STUD NECK POST: ( studs can be found at website

Measure the neck width of your studs, they should be NO wider than 0.265 inches. If they are wider than 0.265 inches you will need to purchase different tailpiece mounting studs. 

See TOWNER store here for replacements with proper neck post width.

(*The TOWNER Down Tension Bar is designed to fit the neck width of stock GIBSON Guitar stud posts.)

TOWNER Vibrato Guitar Systems, USA  

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Christian James Towner
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“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 USA down tension bar mounts in place of of the stop tailpiece on existing studs.

The Towner USA 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.

The Towner USA down tension bar alleviates the guitar owner from drilling holes in the body of the guitar, when installing a Bigsby B3, Bigsby B11, Bigsby B30 or Bigsby B60 vibrato tailpiece.

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