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Vibrola HELP!

woody-89

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Hi guys,

I've just taken purchase of a 1975 Flying V that's been fitted with a short vibrola.
Unfortunately the previous owner lost the screw and the washers to attach the arm and I can't find anywhere that seems to stock them! I rather resent having to pay $40 for a new arm just to get the screw, so I was just wondering if anyone knew of anywhere that sold them, or if anybody had some knocking around that they wouldn't mind flinging my way - I'll pay!

Cheers guys!
Woody
 

Tom Wittrock

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I would start with a hardware store that specializes in screws, nuts and bolts.
 

Wally

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^^^^

This reminds me of my recent bout with the fuses/breakers in my '98 HD Softtail. I had been having a problem with intermittent loss of electrical current while going down the road. I opened up the fuse box under the seat and found that the metal tops on 3 of the 4 breakers had been vibrated loose...allowing an intermittent short to 'black out' my current. So, I ride out to the Harley dealer to get the fuses which were of a type that I had never seen. Well, the dealership doesn't stock those things. So, back to my guitar shop. I thought to myself.."Self, why not walk a 1/2 block to O'Reilley's parts store." There were the fuse/breakers sitting right there. Sometimes the answer is closer to us than we first think, eh?
The hardware store may even have the nylon/vinyl washer that you need for that arm, Woody. IF not, there may be some tubing there that can suffice as a source for many washers. IF you use a locking type of nut---with the locking insert in it, you can set the tension of the arm so as to be easily rotated but not loose. That would be an improvement over the original. All this might cost less than $5 plus the gas and the time to get there and back.
 

woody-89

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Cheers guys, unfortunately all the local hardware and DIY shops near me weren't any good, but they were my first port of call. The only screw I could find of anywhere near the right diameter had a very different thread on it.

Thanks RAB, I'll shoot Randy an email, is he a Les Paul Forumer?

Ta!
Woody
 

Tom Wittrock

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Cheers guys, unfortunately all the local hardware and DIY shops near me weren't any good, but they were my first port of call. The only screw I could find of anywhere near the right diameter had a very different thread on it.

Thanks RAB, I'll shoot Randy an email, is he a Les Paul Forumer?

Ta!
Woody

Sorry, I didn't notice you are in England.
That's a common screw size in the US.
Email me and I'll try to get a replacement [at my better hardware store] and hopefully the same size washers. Mailing them to England should be simple.
 

MIKE LEAF

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You need a 10/32 screw and bolt for the Vibrola , the plate is threaded so needs to be correct ,cant use any screw.

I think Allparts are selling them if You cant find one that matches

I just lost a bolt.... :rolleyes:
 
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