This seems to be one of those parts that is hard to find, but I need one for a project. Its just a misshapen lump of aluminium so i figure it shouldn't be too hard to make one - lets see if I am right.
For those that don't know, this is the bigsby bridge base that came on Gibson's during the 50's. Its odd shape is designed to cover the wraparound tailpiece stud holes, but they continued to use this past that point. Its not to be confused with the sorkin/bowtie bridge which has a more ordinary shape and is designed for flatops
First step is to find some detailed pics.
. First i compare a bigsby saddle to the monitor and adjust the pics until it fits
Then i can stick some paper over that and take a tracing, i ended up doing it from the bottom view as it was a better pic. That gives me a drawing of a reverse dogbone - must remember its upside down later on or i will end up with a lefty version!
The plan is to make a couple of these.
First will be a clone of the original - used as a floating bridge with the bigsby saddle. The second will be a cosmetic dogbone with TOM-spaced holes so a normal bridge can be used and mounted straight through the bass plate. That might look naff, but the reason I am considering both is some don't like the tone of these... the second option would maintain the normal Les Paul tone if that is an issue.