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May 19th, 2011, 09:06 PM
After kicking around the idea for a long time I snapped up a set of Bigsby Palm Pedals and had full intent of putting them on an Esquire I have here but in looking at the big picture I think that the might get in the way of playing the guitar so...
What is a great guitar to mount Palm Pedals to that isn't an SG or LP or 335 or something like those???
I'd like to be twanging at least a little bit when I use the palm pedals...
What do you fellow Palm Pedal-ers have yours mounted to???
May 20th, 2011, 06:41 AM
The bridge-to-butt dimension of a Tele body doesn't give you a lot of room, and means that something has to give unless you like the idea of the end of the palm levers sitting on the neck side of your bridge pickup....:shock:
I have got around this (like some others have, also) by modifying things...but if you're not looking to break out the power tools, you're probably better of reserving it for something more 'LP Gibby-looking'...:lol:
JH will no doubt have some words to say on this.....
Cheers from wintery Oz
May 20th, 2011, 05:11 PM
that's suited for Bigsby Palm Pedals! There's just not enough room between the bridge and the end of the guitar. A Les Paul, LP Jr., 335 or SG are just about the best guitars for the BPP. As far as the "twang factor" I have four BPP equipped guitars, one of the (Epi Casino) has single coil P-90s and the other three have humbucker but they're all wired with coil taps so they've got plenty of twang. The BPP is a great bender but you've got to have the leverage for them to work properly therefore cutting off the lever(s) isn't a good idea. You can put them on a Tele or Esquire if you don't ever do any palm muting as they'd stick over the bridge at least an inch and a half or so. I knew a guy in Texas in the seventies who put a set on a Strat but he attached a block on the back of the guitar and moved the unit further to the rear but I don't think he was able to put it in the case anymore......JH in Va.
May 21st, 2011, 11:36 PM
Boomer Castleman here. I believe Fender made a 3 barreled stainless steel slotted bridge for the Tele which works good for the two levered Palm Pedal. You'll have to rat tail two slots on your horse shoe plate directly behind the second & third (B & G) strings to facilitate unrestricted passage from the bridge to the palm pedals. Send the four other strings thru the body. The BP-15 palm pedal is the only unit that'll work. If you have the BP-12 (the longer one) you must cut the "wrap-a-round" portion of the unit off in order for it to fit properly on the Tele without any overhang. Drill two small holes thru the end of the BBP and screw it onto the top of the Tele. Any other questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 22nd, 2011, 07:43 AM
I believe with some imagination and tools you can add them to any guitar.
here, I modified the BG drop D HIPSHOT system, I removed the B Bender arm which was REAR actuated, with another palm G Bender, it was a fight but I won.... The palm levers have to be reversed and the actual angle of the lever has to be changed( decreased) so that it fits nicely over the Tele bridge. Not to high, not too low.. It's not finished but will be soon. I am more of a G Bender user but having the B on another palm lever allows some more "stuff"...I was never happy with the hip B lever,so, now I have something a bit different.
May 22nd, 2011, 07:56 AM
....and for what it's worth, here's another view of mine...:lol:
May 22nd, 2011, 09:38 AM
WOW lots of levers above !
I finally put strings on the modified Hipshot this morning and made yet another lever modification, I shortened the G palm lever slightly.. I actually use this with my wrist rather than my palm. I think I am very close to what I will keep ...
The modification was the removal of the B string rear activated assy ( hip lever ) and replacing it with a 2nd G palm lever assy which floats over the bridge.
I did also use slotted brass bridges for the DG and BE strings...
The biggest issue I had was that the new G palm lever ( Ebay $50, brand new ) had a stripped thumb screw which secured the lever to the assy. I won the war but not without a fight!