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Filling body holes after a Bigsby removal

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by DeepDangler, Dec 31, 2020.

  1. DeepDangler

    DeepDangler Tele-Meister

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    AA800447-14BB-48A4-B0FA-C4A146A8C79D.jpeg 9C2666F2-168B-4E05-8FDB-87674E6D4D41.jpeg I ended up putting it back on. I forgot how aggravating it is to restring a Bigsby. So far it’s nice to have it back but we will see how the tuning stability is and how much I use it.
     
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  3. strat a various

    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    Bigsbies are cool.
     
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    DeepDangler Tele-Meister

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    EE0C8AFC-EE98-4953-82B4-B0FAEFCC20B3.jpeg After playing with it for a few hours...

    I can’t stand it! Bigsby had to go. I’ll eventually get another Bigsby guitar but not a tele. The arm gets in the way of the controls and the compromise on tuning stability isn’t worth the headache. When I get another Bigsby axe, it’ll have an arched top.
     
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    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    I'm with you! Don't worry about filling the holes. They'll remind you of what not to do.

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    You got the pickguard right, by the way!
     
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    Thanks! I just put some screws in the body holes and called it a day for now. I need a reminder to avoid the mistake
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  7. ben smith

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    I filled the old bridge holes in my cream tele body with cheese and it worked very well, i think some kind of brown sauce would work well with that.
     
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    I have both a tele with a B5 and a tele with a B16.
    If someone wants a tele with a Bigsby that will practically never go out of tune, choose a B16.
    Easy installation and looks cool.

    It covers the holes a discarded B5 leaves behind.

    This guitar had a B5 before the B16.
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  9. ruger9

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    on THAT guitar, thanks to it's color, I would just use a Minwax stick.

    Just flatten the edges of the holes where the screws came out, fill the holes with the wax, then use a cloth to flatten/buff it. I've done this on TONS of wood- I'm a home renovator- installed tons of pine planks, for example, and every once in while you need a nail hole on the face for whatever reason.

    Get one of these
    https://www.minwax.com/wood-products/maintenance-repair/minwax-blendfil-pencil#colors
     
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    I haven’t tried this on a guitar but it should work. You can purchase colored hole filler sticks used to cover nail holes in trim carpentry. I’ve used them when installing kitchen cabinets. Mohawk makes them in a ton of different colors. It’s basically a colored wax stick you fill the hole with an rub it in. You can’t even tell there was a hole there.
    https://www.mohawkproducts.com/touch-up-products/fil-stik-putty-sticks.htm


    what the post said just before mine. Don’t know how I missed that post.
     
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    I forgot about those! They work very well.
     
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