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Bigsby B16 again; set up advice.

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by PeterUK, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. SPUDCASTER

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    You sure have been a busy little beaver lately.

    A BG1400 now a Bigsby. Where will it end?

    What's next. Don't keep us in suspense.:)
     
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    Greg looks so young in that video :lol: He's almost .... polite!
     
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  3. PeterUK

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    I took the week off last week (unpaid; I liked the time off but not getting paid for it sucks :lol:) and I've progressed with three builds:
    1. This 'B*tchcaster' Bigsby B16 dry build. I wanted to check issues such as:
      • Neck shim depth and angle
      • The BG1400 install; the bare wire soldered to the back of the pick up broke so I soldered it back and wanted to see if it actually worked
      • General set up
    2. A 'Bigsbycaster'. I wanted to check the Bigsby set-up
    3. A Telemaster. Dry assembled to check it played and flet right
      • It's now being broken down for finish; a black paisley front, plain nitro back
    I've also changed the pick ups on my baritone from active to passive and I'm delighted with the results.

    I have to confess I've really enjoyed my time off and thoroughly enjoyed the problem solving aspects of the builds. I've done:
    1. Set ups
    2. Assembly
    3. Wood work
    4. Electrics; problem solving
    5. Soldering
    6. Finishing
    I'd like to do this as a hobby retirement business; not to make money but to keep my brain active and engaged.

    How on earth guitar makers and luthiers make money doing this I've no idea, but it's fun!

    :) Peter
     
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  4. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    Something ridiculously cool about a B16- designed especially for Tele players.
     
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    Congrats, always a pleasure to see the only possible Bigsby for Tellys ;)
    Here‘s mine:
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    I went with an angled neckpocket instead of the Bigsby shim and I use the Truarc Serpentune:
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    String height is 1.6 mms at the 12th fret. Believe it or not, this guitar goes never out of tune!
     
  6. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I thought about modding the neck pocket but I'm pretty confident I can achieve a very playable guitar with shims when it's finished.

    Did you get the Serpentune from the UK/European reseller or buy directly from the Tru-arc guy, Tim?

    I wish I'd have gone for the Sepentune now as I'm never going to be able to intonate the one I've got properly. I bought from Tim and had communications problems (my ISP bounced his emails) and delivery problems to my Atlanta office address.


    I had a bet with @Paulie_Boy that my Bigsby guitars stay in tune :)D) so I'm please to hear yours does too.

    This one seems very stable too and I'm just finishing a dry assembly of another B5 equipped Tele and that stays in tune too! :)
     
  7. PeterUK

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  8. stefanhotrod

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    The Serpentune was a custom order directly from Tim (raw Alu).
    The base plate is a custom order from dBridges (also raw Alu).
     
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  9. PeterUK

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    dBridges? I haven't heard of them.

    I'll check 'em out!

    Thank you. :)
     
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  10. PeterUK

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    Damn! dBridges are in the UK!!

    https://www.db-guitars.com/

    I wish I'd have known before going the Tru-arc route! :oops:
     
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    My thinline build took me two years...:rolleyes: I was totally obsessed with every detail from string retainer to thumbwheel.
     
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    A quick update in the long, long saga of the Bigsby B*tchcaster.

    For those of you following this thread you'll know that, using an identical timber shim to the aluminium shim provided in the Bigsby B16 kit, the heel of neck looked way too high, so I substituted a Stewmac 1-degree shim and this looked much better aesthetically but the resultant string break and was going to be out with a string height at the 17th fret was around 2 - 3mm twice what I would like to achieve.

    Today I've removed the strung neck and replaced the single Stewmac shim with a taped together set of 1, 0.5 and 0.25-degree shims and it's done the trick (the job was much easier with the neck fitted with stainless steel inserts accepting the machine screws).

    I've haven't done a set up but the nut was cut beautifully for a low action, the truss rod may need a tweak but the string height is around 1.5mm at the 17th.

    Result!

    The BG1400 is a bit of a handful and a little high but this is going to be one [email protected] Esquire when it's finished.

    The only thing it needs now is disassembling and the body finishing. But at least I know it all goes together and works! :)
     

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  13. Sea Devil

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    Since the guitar is unfinished, wouldn't it make sense to make the shims permanent, bonding them to the neck pocket and neatening up visible edges as much as possible, and then apply the finish?
     
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  14. PeterUK

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    Possibly. I certainly intend to finish them in the colour.

    Thanks for the suggestion. :)
     
  15. Sea Devil

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    There's a really obvious seam right there, so whatever color you shoot will presumably be opaque or close to it around the edges. If you're really confident about the depth and angle, you might as well make it permanent and invisible.
     
  16. PeterUK

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    It's done!

    It's fabulous!

    It's my favourite! :)
     

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    Pretty in pink as they say.
     
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    Mary Kaye pink. Not quite solid so the grain is visible through the finish!

    A superb job by Rexter Guitars! :)
     
  19. Texas Special

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    Why do I now have a hankering for a pink Jazzmaster? I hold you entirely responsible!
     
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    Do NOT look at Rexter Guitars site!

    Oh, you already did! :lol:
     
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