Bigsby Help

Steve Holt

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I'm looking for some advice on a Bigsby. If I wanted to add one to a Tele, what should I get? This will be a new build. One condition is that it has to be available in gold.

I'm just a complete novice when it comes to Bigsbys. I did some looking around, but I thought I'd ask the experts here. Are there any that work with an ashtray bridge, or work well with an ashtray bridge?
 

AndrewG

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The Bigsby B5 (best quality) or B50 are what you need. Installation is fairly involved; here's a brief overview of what is involved:
 
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Boreas

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Fender installed their B5s (NOT B50s) along with rocking Jag/Jazz bridges. I have found that has worked the best for me WRT tuning stability. The Jag/Jazz bridge is fairly low in profile and can be installed usually without any neck shims. Taller, roller bridges also work, but usually require a neck shim and raising the pickups to the new string height. To me, choice of bridge design is the biggest consideration.

As owner of several B50s, I would advise against them. Their Achilles' heel is the nylon bushings for the tension bar. They have just enough friction to keep the unit from returning to pitch. I replaced all of mine with ball bearings. I would spend the extra cash for a B5.
 

glenlivet

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Most bigsby tele kits will come with an install plate to replace the ashtray bridge.
IMO...that's the way to go.

but... options exit. You can always just file / Dremel notches in the existing plate for the strings to pass through (people do it all the time), or buy a new plate that is pre-notched.

I would stick to either :
a) A fender branded bigsby
b) A real bigsby

You might have a hard time finding a Fender branded one in gold....not even sure if they exist....but seems like I've seen them before.
 

KokoTele

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Either the rocker bridge or a roller bridge are the way to go with a Bigsby installation. You can get away with notching a standard bridge (lots of people do it), but tuning stability isn't nearly as good. If you use the Bigsby a lot, you'll wear grooves in your saddles.
 




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