How to Install a Lyre Vibrola

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How to Install a Lyre Vibrola
A lyre vibrola or whammy bar adds vibrato to your guitar. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A lyre vibrola is a type of tremolo arm, also known as whammy bar, used on a guitar to add vibrato to the sound. It was designed and marketed by Gibson beginning in 1964 to specifically fit a Gibson ES-335-S. Two versions, a long and a short version, are available. The short version is used for solid body guitars, but the long version can fit almost any guitar. Installation is not difficult and requires only a few simple tools to complete.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Drill
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the tuning pegs to loosen the strings and remove them from the guitar.

  2. 2

    Remove the stop tail piece, the part the strings were attached to, from the guitar using a small screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Measure the width between the screw holes on the vibrola with a ruler or measuring tape, and mark the two corresponding spots on the guitar with a pencil in the spot where the old stop tail piece had been. Use the drill to create two holes. Use a bit that drills holes the same size as the screws included with the vibrola.

  4. 4

    Attach the lyre vibrola to the guitar with a screwdriver using the two provided screws, and tighten. Attach the cover plate to the base, securing with the four small provided screws, and attach the arm.

  5. 5

    Restring the guitar.

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