Telecasters with tremolo arms?

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    Manly wimp 17 TDPRI Member

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    Do you know where someone could accuire a telecaster with a special bridge that looks like a triangle and includes a tremolo arm? The guitarist of Hippo Campus uses a guitar like this...
     
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    Are you talking about this one or something else:

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    If so that's a Bigsby tremolo - they are available aftermarket, or there were some MIJ Tele Customs that had them installed from the factory made back in the mid-late 2000s (or early 2010s). I think this might be one of those MIJs from a few years ago.

    If it's something else then please put up a photo of the guitar in question and we'll try to help you out. They use a lot of guitars, but this was the only Tele I spotted in a quick google image search.
     
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    Yes, this is the one I was looking for. Thank you .
     
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    That's a Bigsby B-5

    Y got in a couple of Teles. It's a good thing (IMO).

    Pros:Makes the Tele softer regarding playing, I use 11-54. And yes, it still sounds like a Tele

    Cons: is heavier
     
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    Bigby B5 i set up on a Harley Benton Telecaster copy

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    you can also buy a Vibramate which allows you to fit/remove without drilling/leaving holes ......adds to the expense but means you can take it off
     
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    I'm with jbj.

    JM99, love your Tele!
     
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    "...but means you can take it off"....when you get tired of re-tuning after every song. ;)
     
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    however, alternative "whammy-bar" installations DO exist!
     
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    I tried it. For some reason, I never liked a bigsby on a tele. Kind of throws the balance off, for me anyway. Plus they get in the way of getting to the volume quickly, and for some reason, mine never worked nearly as well as they do on my reverend and my Gretchs. Could just be me though. They do look cool.
     
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    LOL! Xafinity, your posts really crack me up sometimes! :D
     
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    Ok I was being a smarta$$ but I really believe that.
    I dont know why Im such a purist regarding Leo's masterpiece.. It doesnt fit my nature having always been a hotrodder and always eager to modify anything that I could get a tool on.
     
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    How do people compare that to the B16?

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    I know exactly what you mean. I used to customize my guitars (even built a few), but now mostly leave them bone-stock. Teles always look better with no mods, IMHO.
     
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    If I want some wang dang doodle I have a Strat
     
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    If you’d actually use it and you are a trem aficionado, check a few Bigsby models out before you commit.
    Personally, I’m not a fan of vibrato arms in general. For years I would think I wanted one until I had one. I finally realized I just don’t like ‘em! Even my favorite Strat was a hardtail!
    I had a Tele with a Bigsby and I don’t think it added anything besides weight.
    You could do a little tasteful vibrato on a full chord, but it didn’t offer a very dramatic or deep Brian Setzer-like bend, not like the one I had on my old Gretsch...which eventually annoyed me.
     
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    The B16 shown by Big Daddy on the blue ThinLine Tele picture seems to give more space
    between the bridge and the axle of the Bigsby, thus giving it a wider bending range
    than the B5's on mine
     
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    Thanks to PhatBoy ; and with two VanZandt True Vintage pickups it sounds good too !
     
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