Anyone else dig tremolo systems on Teles?

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  1. Boreas

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    What makes Fenders ideal for any add-on whammy is that the neck angles can be easily adjusted. This means you can use a relatively tall roller bridge if you prefer. I prefer a low-profile bridge myself, and very few of those are rollers.
     
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    I like that approach to using a trem. It can be very vocal sounding and fluid.
     
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    Same here.
    I have very little interest in a guitar without a vibrato, preferably a Bigsby.
    If I ever get another strat, I’ll slap a bigsby on that too!
     
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    I just finished this Tele and, in an effort to keep Earth properly spinning on its axis, just ordered a hardtail Strat. Balance.

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    Well, it could be the last chord of the intro, last chord of the verse, last chord of the chorus, last chord of the bridge...))
     
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    Of all the rockabilly/roots people I've played with in the last 30 years, a large proportion of them had Bigsbys. Most of them never touched them. It's sorta like the 50s pinup girl sticker---purely cosmetic.
     
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    It’s because effective use of a Bigsby (or any other vibrato, for that matter, including manual vibrato with your fretting hand) is a separate skill that takes practice. Learning where to keep the arm while playing but not in use, learning when you have enough time to grab for it, dialing in the spring tension, so on and so forth. I just watch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live from Gatorville over and over and get my master class from Mike Campbell.

    The Bigsby shouldn’t be merely cosmetic...that’s a true shame.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Nice!
    How’re you digging the B16?
    Pretty incredible, right?
     
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    Truarc Serpentune made of raw Aluminum. Intonation is perfect, tone paramount.
     
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    Yup it’s nice! Especially with the Reverend Soft Spring. I can’t get enough of how big a difference that makes. Picked one up for my other Bigsby-equipped guitar too.

    Had to put a harmonic suppression grommet on E-A because I was getting some overtones but it’s all squared away now. The B16/TruArc combo is a winner for sure. Definitely a rock/blues guitar as the twang kinda melts over the bridge...still has plenty of high end to cut through though. Two thumbs up.
     
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    Yeah, the soft spring makes for effortless wiggle.
    I noticed your lil’ grommet. I love the “wolf tones” from behind the bridge (as the folks at the Gretsch-Talk forum call them).
    Did you stuff anything under the bridge pickup in the empty cavity?
    I had to fill mine with foam leftover from a TV Jones box to kill the microphonic squeals I was getting at high volumes as a result of there being empty space under the pickup.
    Now that it’s stuffed, it’s under control.
     
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    I would get a Bigsby for sure!
     
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    Love the soft springs. That's all I use now. Even my Mos-like uses a soft spring. Wish I could get my Strat to work that easily.
     
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    I put some styrofoam packing peanuts in there...didn’t play it without them so I don’t know if they are making a difference or not, but it’s not microphonic as it stands so no harm no foul.
     
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    I just built this guitar from scratch , not a Bigsby but cheap knock off, modified the bridge, and it plays great, I can dive it to the bottom and back and it all stays perfectly in tune....as long as the nut is working correctly there are no tuning issues and no need for locking tuners.....love it
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    I love the looks of a bigsby..very cool indeed.. Anyone here use a stetsbar??
    I hear they are pretty good..
     
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