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Tele with a bigsby

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by hamfists, May 1, 2018.

  1. hamfists

    hamfists Tele-Meister

    Feb 22, 2015
    ely, cambs, england
    Hi everyone

    I’m considering putting a bigsby on my tele but is there any differences in tone? I’m also worried I’d lose the classic snap from tele bridge.

    Thanks in advance
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  2. old_picker

    old_picker Tele-Afflicted

    I have done a few teles and esquires with bigsby plus many telecasters without one - to be quite honest even when using the same pickups I haven't notice any appreciable difference in tone.

    Heres an Esquire that was an absolute cracker:

  3. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

    Mar 18, 2014
    new jersey
    5521ADC0-2287-42BC-A3A2-E9ACC4B846F8.jpeg I haven’t noticed a change in tone since i installed a bigsby on my tele

    Attached Files:

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  4. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 27, 2016
    IMO having converted 1 tele from 6-saddle to a F-5 Bigsby, it might sound a little different because of the longer length of string behind the saddle. But... BIGSBY! It will still sound cool. You WANT it to sound different. Just get a second tele!

  5. tlsmack

    tlsmack Tele-Holic

    Jan 20, 2007
    Lonk I-lant, New York
    Is there a chance of a Bigsby install messing with my neck angle? My Tele plays so nice, part of me says leave well enough alone.

    BTW, this guy makes me jones for a Bigsby loaded Tele!!!

    check out Jay's other vids! He has a few Bigsby Tele's!!!!
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  6. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2010
    I bought a tele way back because it was completely stable in tuning - unlike a strat I had. Also have a Gretsch Country Gent with a wang-bar and it's pretty good but not as stable as the tele.

    Hope you have a good floor tuner. You may find yourself re-tuning after every song - also better have a really good tech to install it or you will be one unhappy guy.

    Guys who play them in videos like the one above have had the work done by the best luthier in town no doubt.

  7. Tapatio

    Tapatio Tele-Meister

    Jun 13, 2016
    New Jersey, USA
    I have a MIJ 62 RI and the bigsby is very stable. Not a lot of retuning necessary. But I agree with Bartholomew3 above... if you are not absolutely sure about the installation, have a tech do it!

  8. drf64

    drf64 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    The only guitar I really regret selling was a Japanese Tele with a bigsby that twanged and stayed in tune and had a geat neck. Unfortunately it was the first tele I had and I thought I could do better without a bigsby, as if it somehow sucked up tone. I was wrong. I sold it in partial trade for Deluxe Strat, which I eventually sold as well. The guy who bought my tele didn't really play it. He just left it sitting in his front parlor on a stand all forlorn and neglected. He wouldn't sell it back to me for a reasonable price. I used to sneak over to his house and peak in the window when I was pretty sure he wasn't home. I would just gaze long enough to sigh heavily, but not so long that somone would call the local constabulary, and then sadly turn and walk away.

  9. LocoTex

    LocoTex Tele-Holic

    Jan 16, 2018
    Waxahachie, TX.
    How much weight does a Bigsby add?

  10. YeOldeTeleDuder

    YeOldeTeleDuder Tele-Meister

    Apr 10, 2018
    San Diego
    Depends on which model, I believe the B7 is 12.5 oz. However that 12.5 oz is cancelled out by all the new mojo you'll be giving your Tele.
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  11. macatt

    macatt Tele-Meister

    Jan 10, 2007
    silverdale wa
    B-5 = .6 lbs.

  12. metalicaster

    metalicaster Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 5, 2011
    I'm a wanderer...
    I never noticed all that much difference - apart from when I took a wrong turn and used a Jazzmaster bridge which replaced my sustain with rattle.

    On my number 1 I recently improved the original Jazzmaster design - 3 holes drilled and some saddles I had spare.

    Now I have a rocking bridge that doesn't throw set screws all over the stage.


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