Bigsby for Harley Benton TE-80?

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  1. Bluenose

    Bluenose TDPRI Member

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    Hello everyone, I just bought a Harley Benton TE-80.

    I’m in Canada, and it was still a good buy.

    I used to have a guitar with a bigsby and I really miss it for chord vibrato— I play mainly fingerstyle jazz and love the lifelong challenge of guitar playing.

    The TE-80 has a six-saddle through body fixed bridge, so I’m wondering if anyone knows of some type of bigsby or similar style vibrato unit that can be placed on the guitar.

    the bridge has five screws— tow on top and three on the bottom.
     
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    Alternatively, I could buy the TE-50 and an aftermarket bigsby style vibrato unit, but in this case would the b50 be the style to buy?

    I assume routing of the metal behind the saddle would be required and that is not a big deal
     
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    Third alternative— anyone know of an inexpensive tele
    Kit that comes with a bigsby style vibrato?

    or an inexpensive tele with a bigsby style trem?
     
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    This guy installed a chigsby on his Harley Benton.

     
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    Bigsby B5 model.
     
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    B5 would work with the six saddle through body bridge of the TE-80???

    I don’t see how that would work as the strings would need to extend past each saddle
     
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    Greetings,

    installed a B50 on a TE70 last week. The photo is not up-to-date, because I have to move the Bigsby close to the bridge, to get better string tension between the saddles and the vibrato.

    I filed notches behind the saddles, so the strings can easily run torwards over the saddles. The advantage is, you don't have to shim the neck, and leave the original setup.

    The Vibramate string spoiler helps a lot during installation process, because you have to level out all the strings horizontal. The string spacing is more narrow than with the string-through setup.
    Spend the extra 40 bucks for the string spoiler or it will drive you nuts.

    Tuning stability is pretty good (well not Floyd Rose style) with a good nut setup and proper stringing.

    Cheers
    Gerhard


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    No, you need a 3 saddles bridge (look at my picture), or a roller bridge. But this will need extra holes to drill + neck shiming.
     
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