Could try a four hole door hinge, offset so three holes line up for strings, and the lowrr fourth hole bolt on a spoon or other contraption for tremolo arm. A pair of short springs sandwiched between the hinge would counteract the string tension.
do they really work door hinges??
I would like to see some pictures of how it is set up.
Me too. Was something I just imagined when Trapper said it didnt have to be pretty. I see the hinge as a tailpiece, laid open with the forward plate screwed down to the box top. Then fold the rear plate forward to "close" the hinge. Drill a hole thru the end of a spoon handle and attach to the lower of the four hinge holes (of the moveable plate) and secure with short machine screw, lock washer and nut. Epoxy a small spring sandwiched between the two plates, and run your three strings thru the other 3 hinge plate holes...connect to tuning pegs, and SHAZAM!!!
And dont forget the bridge..haha
yes I understand that ted but piccys would be nice.
once you've set it up do you press down or lift the spoon up?
seen a wooden one on here before , but i have tried many times and cant find it again.\uap>i've made non bigsby style whammys out of drawer pulls , gate latches , and rat traps . they give more of a "wowey" effect than a true trem ,, but are fun . \uap> \uap> \uap> \uap> \uap> \uap> \uap> \uap> \uap>cant find my rat trap pic ;-( \uap>these are stationary .. no springs .. just work on the slight movement when pressure applied . \uap>seem to stay in tune better than springers ,, but have a shorter arch capacity .
I've got a rat trap one somewhere too
dude .. been lookin for that picture 4 ever ! lol yours ?
heres a store bought one.....http://www.guitarfetish.com/Vintage-Style-Surface-Mount-Whammy-Bar-...
those are repo 6ers but probably adaptable with some work .