Custom Telecaster - Jaguar- Firebird hybrid... Bigsby or no Bigsby

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  1. Vinnie1971

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    Here’s a custom guitar I’m having built. The builder is Barrie Anderson- Elderwood guitars. He’s a genius and very creative when it comes to reinventing ideas.

    So here it is Jellybird mockingjay - do I go with a Bigsby or no?


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    I mean, you're going that far. Throw it on.
     
  3. Verne Bunsen

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    The answer to the question of “Bigsby or No Bigsby” is always: Bigsby. Always.
     
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    Normally I’d agree. And this guitar is designed to use Bigsby on one or more strings (it also strings from the back) so I can say use the Bigsby on G and B leaving the other strings alone, so I can get some faux pedal steel bend licks.

    But it’s got a raised centre block as per Firebird and in the natural finish it seems a shame to hide it under a Bigsby- I’m pretty sure its going to look stunning when it’s finished.




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    Yeah the question of "bigsby or no" is like "bacon or no", and, the deal with that raised center firebird-y block, the bigs will only accentuate that visually, IMO
     
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    Hmmm I’d didn’t think of it like that ....


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    That's a beauty!
     
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    B16 Bigsby would look great on that guitar visually.

    If it had a stop tail piece I'd have to recommend a Duesenberg Les Trem II.
     
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    The B16 won’t go on the offset shape though...

    I’ve seen those Dusenbergs... cool.

    I have a multibender on a strat which keeps overstretching the B then snapping it which gave me the idea I’d on use a Bigsby on G and B and emulate pedal steel licks by holding the notes I want to bend up to the push down and bend up to pitch in just G and or B ....

    This guitar is also strung from the back

    I also though my about just using the Bigsby on the top 3 strings so the lower strings are constant but the top 3 shimmer on chords usage....


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    Do the Bigsby!
     
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    BIGSBY
     
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    That thing is sweet... but...
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    I’m inclined at this point to agree, I did have a B5 on a guitar. It had roller bridge well cut and lubricated nut, but tuning stability left much to be desired compared to the B3 on my hollow body. I think it’s down to break angle. It’s too sharp on the B5.

    But it’s nice to have the shimmer when needed.


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    Make the decision on function alone. Appearance is good either way.
     
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    Yes to the Bigsby...if you hate playing in tune.
     
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    [QUOTE I also though my about just using the Bigsby on the top 3 strings so the lower strings are constant but the top 3 shimmer on chords usage.[/QUOTE]

    I did this trick on an old Tele I used in a.Punk Rock band.
    ;)
     
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    Anyone who says the Bigs can't stay in tune didn't do it right.

    Do you even have to ask?

    BIGSBY THAT THING.

    Please ditch that middle pickguard though, route it clean :)
     
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    That middle pickguard is part of the aesthetic!

    Yeah I have a B3 on a hollow body it’s perfectly stable. I did for a B5 on another guitar but the break angle was set too sharp so I did get issues.


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  19. Vinnie1971

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    Here’s the project, it’s being built Barrie Anderson ( Elderwood guitars) he’s a genius

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    It’s having the Duncan designed Nashville set:
    Stacked tele bridge, stacked strat middle and Firebird neck pickup.

    I’ll be wiring it up as follows :
    5 way Super switch for strat selections

    Then in the upper bout s 3 way toggle to set the middle position on the 5 way:
    Middle pickup
    Bridge and neck
    All 3 pickups



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    Offsets look good with a tremolo .. just saying
     
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