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Old August 26th, 2013, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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B5 Bigsby with standard saddles...

I got a B5 Bigsby to put on my project tele. I want to use the cutoff bridge plate and standard saddles--I never liked the look of the Bigsby plate, it reminds me of the ashtray, which I never used on my old tele.

I built a jig to hold my dremel securely, to grind notches in the back of the plate:



I set the height of the bridge plate with some scrap so that I could rock the tool up and down just enough.

It turned out not crappy:



It still needs some filing.

My real problem now is that the B5 string spacing is way too narrow. Callaham sells a modified string bar (or whatever you call it) with the pins drilled out; I queried whether they had a version with wider spacing, so that you don't need notched saddles. They did not--said it really wouldn't fit. I am hereby consternated--I really don't want to notch my compensated saddles...

I was thinking of having one machined locally, though not really sure if this is cost-effective...anyone have other ideas? Thanks!

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Old August 26th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you think threaded steel saddles would help you get the proper spacing?
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Old August 27th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you think threaded steel saddles would help you get the proper spacing?
I would think the threaded saddles wouldn't result in good Bigsby-ing; I would think I need wider notches. My compensated saddles are un-notched, but I guess the simple option is to just replace them instead--save'em for another project. They are some Callahams that sound terrific without the Bigsby, so I don't want to experiment with notching them myself.

Maybe try the Rutters?
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