Show Me Your Bisgby Teles!

afterdarkmusic

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Hey gang! I'm gearing up to install a B5 on my oldest tele—a 2005 Classic Series '60s that I bought new from my beloved local shop during what would turn out to be a pre-closing-the-shop clearance sale. The owner swung me an incredible deal and I think I walked out paying like $400, if that.

Anyways, I'd love to see your Bigsby setups! Even after 12 years of considering installing on, I'm still a little trepidatious about following through. I'm confident a thread of photos would keep me stoked!
 

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Telekarster

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IMO there is no guitar that looks quite as kickin' as a Tele with a B5! The next one I build will definitely have a Bigs on it... no question ;) Give us some pics of your T when you got it installed man! ;)
 

ping-ping-clicka

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they're great or are they, the pain in the butt as some people claim?
I like how they look but I got mind poisoned a long time ago
So is it, 1 good stuff or 2 piece of junk.
 

CalebAaron666

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I don’t want a Tele without a Bigsby!

I have 3 Bigsby’d teles.

The Piratecaster with B16
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Mattos Pine Esquire with B16
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And this Beater with a chopped B5
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I have had a few in the past with a regular B5 set up, but I wasn’t a fan. A B5 on a tele looks incredibly cool, but I just can’t seem to get along with them.
However, I know some folks who love them.
 

dlew919

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they're great or are they, the pain in the butt as some people claim?
I like how they look but I got mind poisoned a long time ago
So is it, 1 good stuff or 2 piece of junk.
Get the nut cut properly and they’re great fun. I was told when I was starting out that they were terrible. Finally got a gretsch and realised that the Floyd rose which I had long abandoned for a hardtail waa not for me. But the warble of a bigsby adds a nice colour.
 

grandstick

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This guitar started its life as a Squier CVC that I had given my son one Christmas. He never played it (preferring video games), and his mother requested that I bring it back home, as it was cluttering up her place.

I have since installed a set of MojoTone (interesting that my iPad automatically corrected the capitalization of that brand) 52 Tele Quiet Coils with their 4-way harness, and a Bigsby B-5 bridge. I’m still working on finding a comfortable neck for it, as the stock Squier profile is too thin for me. I may just for for another AllParts TMO or TRO fat, baseball bat neck, as I did for another build.

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edwardo_sanchez

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Here's my MIJ JD Tele - it's pretty far from stock now, having added the Bigsby and swapped the neck pickup. I've kept the 5 way wiring and had a refret/new nut a couple of years ago. I've had this now for about 20 years and it's still probably the only piece of gear I'd never sell - I absolutely love this thing
 

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