bigsby to install or not to install, that is the question

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  1. Chrome

    Chrome Active Member

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    I see a lot of varying information. who here has installed one? I hear you loose major tuning reliability when you do, but I don't know that for a fact. I want to install one on my firebird and my explorer but not at the loss of tuning reliability.
     
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    Epiphone Sheraton out of the Samick plant, January 1995.
    Sounded much the same tonally, stays in tune like it used to assuming you don't dive-bomb...
    Try it - you may be pleasantly surprised at the gorgeous gentle vibrato it can produce, and how good it looks.

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    I have the below model Tele however I did have the Fender style Bigsby removed.
    I couldn't hack the restringing of the damn thing. lol
    Obviously that's on me and not the guitar.
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    Ive always looked at it and thought "this obviously needs roller saddles"
     
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    I had a Bigsby on a '74 SG and absolutely hated it. Non FR trems are verboten in my house hold. FR's have spoiled me for the fine tuning at the bridge. I picked up an FRS for an LP Standard and am in love - it is a bit of a ugly baby but except for replacing the bridge posts a very easy install. Tuning stability is greatly improved so I didn't install the locking nut.

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    I don't know if the bridge posts on the Firebird are the same as the LP but it's worth a look unless you're into the Brian Setzer look and style of whanging it.

    Russ
     
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    Holy shaite that is one mother of a bridge!!!
    BP
     
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    Yep, I tried to talk them into a non spring version but since I would only buy a couple they didn't bite. I was just happy I didn't have to rout out the body and back like I did on the last super strat body I built.

    Russ
     
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  11. South Park

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    I got one for my epi sg with the roller bridge. I believe the tone is better more contact withe body. Chinese nock off eBay 40 bucks.looks great.if you are going to up grade bone nut roller bridge
     
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    A longtime fan of Joe Walsh Neil Young n Mike Campbell...rock's greatest Bigsby proponents

    Turns out , Ive installed a couple

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    Ive only been into the Bigsby for about 20 years
    EVH ruined the Bigsby for my generation by saying they were "The worst" in a 1980 interview

    I dropped out of electric guitar for awhile ,roughly 84-96.It wasn't until 1999 I had a chance to try it for myself .The guys from Son Volt had a couple Bigsby guitars and let me fool around with em

    I was soon hooked and started figuring how to make em work better

    Ive found that if you have tuning issues it's usually binding at the nut or the saddles .........did I say nut ?
     
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    I've got four or five guitars with Bigsby's, they work great for me. Like Alvin said, tuning problems are rarely caused by the Bigsby's themselves. I would just pick a guitar and do it man, i just drill and mount them because i know i like them but you can get a Vibra mate kit and its removable and sellable if you no like.
     
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    out of curiosity , how much weight does a Bigsby add ?
     
  15. South Park

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    Very little weight .
     
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    Approximate weight: 279 grams / 9.8 oz
     
  17. Chrome

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    I honestly think the Floyd rose is overkill to me, as I don't play the kind of music that warrants it. I don't do any dive bombing its simply for the use of accenting my playing a bit. I believe I will try the bigsby.
     
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  18. Wezie Guitar lover

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    I own a guitar with a Bigsby. And another guitar with Bigsby clone gold plated
     
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