Whammy Bar for Les Paul

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    I'm trying to add a tremelo system (whammy bar) to my Epiphone Les Paul without having to drill into my guitar. I've looked into a Floyd Rose or a Stetsbar but I'm not sure what to look for. Heres a pic of my Les Paul if it'll help.
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    You could get a Floyd Rose FRX, it just mounts on your existing bridge spots! No routing required.
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    "All the trouble of a Floyd Rose with none of the benefits!"

    Seriously, though, that is kind of interesting. I'm going to see if I can find a look at other angles of that.
     

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    Well, like all things, it's a compromise. Based on what I'm reading, it doesn't have the range of motion of a traditional floyd, and it might be hard to get the action right on an archtop guitar, like a Les Paul. I still think a Bigsby might be a safer option, but I'd certainly be interested in playing with one of these to see how it is. Not sure I'd take the chance on my baby.
     
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    Well, like all things, it's a compromise. Based on what I'm reading, it doesn't have the range of motion of a traditional floyd, and it might be hard to get the action right on an archtop guitar, like a Les Paul. I still think a Bigsby might be a safer option, but I'd certainly be interested in playing with one of these to see how it is. Not sure I'd take the chance on my baby.
    At this point I'm thinking about getting a guitar with a whammy bar already attached. I'm trying to add more of a metal sound to my playing with some new tricks I learned and I'm not sure if I could apply those same whammy bar tricks to a Bigsby. Or could I?
     

    Wally

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    Well, like all things, it's a compromise. Based on what I'm reading, it doesn't have the range of motion of a traditional floyd, and it might be hard to get the action right on an archtop guitar, like a Les Paul. I still think a Bigsby might be a safer option, but I'd certainly be interested in playing with one of these to see how it is. Not sure I'd take the chance on my baby.
    This guitar is pretty special to me so its not a risk I want to take either 😂
     

    Ryan Vega

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    I'm trying to add a tremelo system (whammy bar) to my Epiphone Les Paul without having to drill into my guitar. I've looked into a Floyd Rose or a Stetsbar but I'm not sure what to look for. Heres a pic of my Les Paul if it'll help. View attachment 1223
    you can't man unfortunately the closest you'd get without drilling into front and adding a floating bridge is one of those B-bender things look it up on youtube but even then unless you're confident and able, you'll have to have a luthier do work to the back to install it