Bigsby Trems

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Your opinion.........................
     
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    charveldan Well-Known Member

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    I have one on a 74 SG. Ive had to work with it extensively. Its about where i want it now but i had alot of tuning issues even with locking tuners.
    I use medium strings tho so that likely has something to do with it.
    Maybe the new Bigsbys with lighter strings aren't so bad.
     
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    I'm not a fan of them simply because I like very clean looking guitars - it has nothing to do with their functionality. The only guitar I have that has a pick guard is my Strat. I even pulled the pick guard and rhythm/treble ring off my Harmony Les Paul. I just bought a 50's Tribute SG that has no pick guard and I love the look - just P90's and wood!. With that, the Bigsby trem is just too big of a contraption for my liking. Especially the one's with the plate that wraps around to the strap button.

    Not sure if this is some of the feedback you were looking for so take it for what it's worth :).
     
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    Bigsbys are a pita to string, but you can get a string spoiler that solves that. A Towner tension bar helps stabilize them and adjust the feel of the strings. I have one on a semi-hollow archtop and am in no hurry to purchase a second.
     
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    IMO, a Bigsby Trem works great for a chord warble.

    Sometimes it's not right but, when it's right, it's a cool chord detente.
     
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    I recently put one on mu '96 LPC... Love it!

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    Love them, my E'S 135 will be getting a B7 soon.
     
  10. Wildeman

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    Now for the Deluxe!:cool:
     
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    When I grow up, I may fit one to my Les Paul.
    Done it already to my Sheraton, no problems.
    But old ones are getting so darned pricey lately...
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  12. Wildeman

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    Which one did you put on the Sherry? Towner makes it so you can put a B6 on them now. I've been thinking about it.
     
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    It was, once, retro-fitted to a sunburst Epi Casino - probably around 1962. Got a copy of the letter Paul A Bigsby wrote, dated May 14, 1960, to the original purchaser instructing him to contact Selmers to arrange delivery to a local store in Wallasey, Cheshire "within a few weeks".
    That purchaser was a guy called Steve, who was rocking it by '63 gigging with The Fabulous Fontaines, and he sold it to me in... 2009 I think. It is a very early B7 and a joy to play.

    Actually tempted to swap it onto the Les Paul, but... it is so good where it is, and I don't know if I want to drill the '52, and I ain't gonna fit any of those gizmos that allow you to remove them again, I am old-school, no half measure. So for now I am keeping my ear to the ground for another really early original.
     
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    Yeah, you also would need to deal with the bridge on the '52. Probably a floating Bigsby bridge or a Sorkin.
     
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    Yeah, that's another bone of contention. Currently she is sweet as anything with a MojoAxe bridge (original trap-bar is in the case...). Not sure I can face the trauma of the bridge as well as the Bigsby, but if the right assembly shows up sometime, I will almost certainly buy it and ponder it for a while before deciding whether or not to fit it. And I would take it to one of the guys who knows what they are doing (we have a geezer in a muddy field, amongst others, it would go to...) rather than doing it myself, I suspect.
     
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    20180824_160606.jpg The softer spring and changed bridge worked well for me on my Gretsch Centerblock ( Korean made ).

    http://www.truarcbridgeworks.com/

    http://jefjamdesign.com/truarc/index1.html

    The softer spring lowered the tremelo arm and improved the feel for me.

    http://store.reverendguitars.com/product/soft-touch-spring/

    I thought about installing a roller nut but the stock nut is ok on this guitar.

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    I removed the old rattling tune o matic and replaced it with the TruArc compensated bridge. I also added some washers under the Bigsby to raise it off the body a little to lessen the string angle over the bridge.

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    One was enough for me. I'm a FR fan only for the tuning stability and quick tuning on bridge. The only dive bomb I'd ever do is falling down.

    Russ
     
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    My fave vibrato system is a Strat bridge floating. Just perfect.

    I have a Bigsby on my Hamer Newport and I dig it. Nothing like my Strat but I put a Reverend “Softspring” on it and it transformed the vibrato. An essential mod.

    My Hamer Artist has. Duesenberg Les Trem II and it falls somewhere in the middle between a Bigsby and a Fender.

    I have no tuning issues on any. It took a while to get there though... ;)
     
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    Try Duesenberg version. Kills!!
     
  20. Wildeman

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    I've never had a Strat that would stay much in tune with vibrato use, i've played a couple though that weren't mine. I have much better luck with Bigsby's. You're right about that Reverend spring, it's a big upgrade.
     

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