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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. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

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    The butchery was already done when the Bigsby was installed , IMO
    Friends don't let friends install Bigsbys , sorry !
    LOL
     
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  2. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Remove a Bigsby?? Blasphemy!!
     
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  3. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    How much for the Bigsby?
     
  4. JJLC

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    both were made by Deviser at the Asuka facility; same company that makes Bacchus, Momose, etc.
     
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  5. JJLC

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    Great perspective which I respect.

    Over the years I have owned right at ten LP Special types, even one previously with a Bigsby.
    I didn't want to modify the one I previously owned that had the Bigsby so, I sold it.

    Of all the LP Special types I have owned I never got my hands on one that really offered me everything I wanted in a LP Special type, until I obtained the 2 color brown burst one I have pictured in my post #6.
    This particular 2 color brown burst LP Special is by far my favorite of all I have owned; I would hate to sell it.

    The reason I purchased the TV white one with the Bigsby is for the guitar itself; I knew before I bought it that if I liked the neck, and if it held tuning great, then I would want to modify it. So, this was all planned ahead before I made the purchase.
    The neck profile is near identical to the 2 color brown burst one, and it holds excellent tuning so, the next step is to determine what modification I go with; option 1, or option 2.
    It will be a tough decision as both options IMO have great merit.
     
  6. JJLC

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    Fantastic! That is a great idea!
     
  7. JJLC

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    This LP Special type was produced by Deviser Co., same company that makes Bacchus, Momose, etc.
    This particular example is a custom shop order; it has no logo on the head stock & no serial number.
    It has several attributes that are quite specific of Deviser made guitars; routing, pots, caps, neck heel shape/size, and it even has the black screws that are typical for Bacchus/Momose guitars, for the two rear covers.
    It has a very unique, very thin TV White color & finish. My gut tells me this is a guitar that was originally made for Sonix, a Japanese instrument retailer. I have seen both Sonix logoed examples also with serial numbers, and others like this one that were made for Sonix that have no logo & no serial number.
    I know that Deviser made a very few guitars for Sonix in 2007 that had no logo & no serial number so, I believe this TV White example is from that time frame; 2007. The TOM bridge & the tuners exhibit oxidation that would suggest this example has been around for some time.

    The 2 color brown burst I posted a photo of in post #6 is a Sonix from 2010. It has the Sonix logo, a serial number, and it has the 'Custom Craft Guitar' logo seen on many Momose MLS-STD models.
     
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  8. rcboals

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    GUILTY for not reading all the posts and talking out the side of my neck. I should just answer the question a poster asks. However "like a lot of know it alls" there are just couple including me on TDPRI. :) I couldn't help but feel like I just had to tell you what I think would be the best thing for you to do. LOL!! :) my apologies. I thought you had a real special Gibson there with a really beautiful finish and a factory bigsby. Since it is what it is and you love the neck and the tone. I would mod it like I would want it, if I wasn't so Bigsby crazy. :) I like the wrap around bridge (my vote) on those LP Specials and the P90's can't be beat for pups.
     
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  9. E5RSY

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    What brand of pickups are in it?
     
  10. JJLC

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    Brand I don't know but they are original to the guitar; steel braided leads with alnico mags.


    I know some of the older Bacchus Duke models came with 'Crews Vegas' P-90 style pickups so, they could possibly be those but really no way to tell.
     
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  11. Peegoo

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    I always have a little chuckle when people get their knickers in a knot over someone "butchering" a guitar.

    Someone else decides to make changes or personalize a guitar that's not unusually valuable and you feel victimized?


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    It could be way worse:

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  12. rdjones

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    Trapeze is the way to go.
     
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    Thanks for all the votes!

    Currently 9 votes for the TOM & stop tail, and 17 votes for the wrap tail.

    That's basically 2 to 1 for the wrap tail.
     
  14. G.Rotten

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    Option 3.
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    Option 4.

    Spend some time with the Bigsby and learn how awesome it is.
     
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    I wouldn't do anything non-reversable
     
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  16. RomanS

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    Finally a Gibson where the G string doesn't go out of tune all the time...
     
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    I modify 99.999% of all the guitars I've ever owned but usually in a discreet or reversable manner.
     
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    Is there anything in particular you don't like about the Bigsby?
     
  19. DHart

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    Stop tail vote on that guitar.

    Bigsby are awesome.... if you like 'em. ;)

    Otherwise, they just add extra weight, totally clutter up the top of the guitar, and often bring tuning frustrations. I'd remove it too.

    BTW, I removed the Bigsby on my Gretsch G6119T, as well. Much nicer (in my view) guitar without all that orthopedic apparatus hanging off the front of the guitar. Lighter, cleaner, simpler, uncluttered.

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  20. rcboals

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    Is it because the head is too large the G string goes wonky? :eek:
     
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