Vintage narrow handle

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Stefan, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Anyone knows if this assembly is just polished aluminum or is there any bling-bling coating like chrom on the surface? I’ve got to know before I order for small 140€ (thanks a lot Fender!)!!!!

  2. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Jeez 140! That hurts.
  3. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Absurd, isn‘t it? The vintage flat handle is about 160€!
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    CNPCNP Synchromatic

    Jan 3, 2015
    This is the Duane Eddy bar, not ? The one I happen to find on a 2nd hand gtr is definitely polished alu (and feels grEAt), but don't know if various versions exist...
  5. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Nope, it‘s the vintage narrow handle. The Duane Eddy (got one on my 5420)...

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    And there is another rare version

    ...the vintage flat handle.
    But I‘m looking for the

    Vintage narrow handle!
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2019

    CNPCNP Synchromatic

    Jan 3, 2015
    Oops, I see, sorry for the irrelevant addition! The slot screw made me look not much further ;-)

    Good luck finding the VNH!
  7. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I never realised there were so many variations!
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  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Someone even adapted a Harley Davidson clutch lever.
  9. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Well, Stefan... If I had it in hands, I could tell...

    Weight it : if it's light, it's alu - and it's then probably not chrome plated. It's very difficult and costy to chrome aluminium (chrome doesn't want to stick on it because of the alumine).

    Look at it under sunlight, and compare with chrome plated and stainless steel parts : you'll see the difference in the light reflections. Aluminium has always some "light grey tarnish" on it, even polished (again, it's alumine) conversely to chrome-plated and stainless steel, which show deeper and neatier reflections (if they are cleaned).

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