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Remove the Bigsby but then what? Please vote - Thanks

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by JJLC, Apr 17, 2021.

I want to remove the Bigsby but then what?

  1. Leave the TOM/ABR-1 bridge & add a stop tail

    22 vote(s)
    41.5%
  2. Remove the TOM/ABR-1 bridge & make it a wrap tail, like a vintage LP Special

    31 vote(s)
    58.5%
  1. JJLC

    JJLC Tele-Holic

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    I purchased this guitar for the guitar, not for the Bigsby.
    I want to remove the Bigsby, which I dislike very much. LOL
    It is currently set-up in the original configuration with the Bigsby & a TOM/ABR-1 type bridge.


    So, going forward there are basically two options after removing the Bigsby:

    (1) Leave the TOM/ABR-1 bridge & add a stop tail

    (2) Remove the TOM/ABR-1 bridge & make it a wrap tail, like a vintage LP Special


    I like both options & I'm having a hard time deciding.

    Let me know what you think = please vote - Thanks!


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  2. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    PICTURES!
     
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  3. JJLC

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    received one vote already; Thank you! :)
     
  4. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Wraptail LPs and SGs with P90s are hard to beat.
     
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  5. darkwaters

    darkwaters Friend of Leo's

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    Wow. Can’t imagine removing it. If it didn’t have one, I’d install it.
     
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  6. JJLC

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    I agree; I've owned several.
    Currently have another LP Spc. type, with the 2 tone brown burst & the wrap tail; it is a monster. :)


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  7. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    You could install a stop bar since it already has a bridge on it. That's the simplest way to go and the guitar will work great.

    Installing a bar bridge means pulling the existing bridge, plugging the holes, and drilling for new larger threaded bushings.
     
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    Fill in the holes left by removing the Bigsby first. Cosmetically, you're going to find a stoptail will look better since it covers the "mess".
     
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  9. northernguitar

    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    I voted TOM/tailpiece. I find the strings between act as a ‘cradle’ for my picking hand. For me that’s familiarity and comfort.
     
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  10. JJLC

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    Thanks for all the comments & the votes too!

    11 votes so far = Thanks :cool:
     
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  11. northernguitar

    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    What guitar is that?
     
  12. radiocaster

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    3 options:

    1: Try stringing it over the bar and see how you like it. If you like it, then try maybe a Bigsby without the tension bar.
    2. You can put, say a short trapeze tailpiece on.
    3. You can also try a fancy combination bridge/tailpiece.
     
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  13. rcboals

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    I agree 1000% Rock On!!!!

    ME TOO! (not to be confused with the other me too movement) I loves me some a Bigsby.


    That guitar would sell quickly at a nice price. Sell it and buy one with the wrap tail then you will have a Bad @$$ guitar. :) Then it will be done right and sound right. If you mod it you will be left with extra very noticable holes in you guitar and you will devalue the guitar which may or may not be imortant to you. I am surprised you bought this in the first place since you don't like Bigsby's. There are a ton nice LP Specials for sale under $1,000 all day long.
     
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  14. Obsessed

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    I love the look of this guitar a lot. Regardless of what you do, it'll look killer. Even though I would keep the Bisby on, I understand the desire to remove it, so I voted vintage wrap tail as well. Tell us more about this guitar.
     
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  15. Frontier9

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    Didn't vote because there wasn't a "Put it right back on again" option...
     
  16. Deeve

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    I'd leave it as is, because I like 'em. :cool:
    But it's your guitar, so I voted choice 1.
    Selling, to get what ya really want might be easier.
    Peace - Deeve
     
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  17. E5RSY

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    Whatever option requires no further holes to be drilled.
     
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  18. VintageSG

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    Simple to do. Looks cool. The only extra holes are around the strap-pin area anyway. Easy to revert.
     
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  19. stratisfied

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    I am always interested in the logic that causes guitar butchery. What is it you don't like about the Bigsby? If you swing the arm back out of the way and don't use it, how is that any worse than taking it off and patching holes to install a stop tail-piece?
     
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  20. Freeman Keller

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    I recently removed a Bigsby for a friend. The guitar had a ToM, I plugged the holes for the Bigby and lightly drop filled them with some amber GluBoost, then put a trapeze tailpiece on it, That way it would be very simple to go back to the trem if he ever wants to sell it, simply drill out the plugs and screw the trem back on. Nice thing was that the mounting holes for the tailpiece were compatible

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    ps - ignore the bass neck in the first picture. Different project
     
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