Telecaster Bigsby

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  1. mdb74

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    Hi,

    A buddy was telling me about a Bigsby that sits on a regular Telecaster bridge with no screws ito the guitar.
    Are these any good?
    Thinking of putting one on an AO 60s Telecaster
     
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    There are several products offered by Vibramate. I have three different models installed, they are solid and work well.
     
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    double post...
     
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    I have a Vibramate V5 kit on my Tele, and I love it. Since I'll probably never take it off, I guess the only reason for a Vibramate is to transfer it to another tele, if I decide to change my number one, which isn't likely.
    My kit came (used) with the Vibramate bridge, and the plate which the Bigsby is attached to fits into two slots on that bridge. I am not sure that you can use your original bridge with a Vibramate; searching just now didn't answer that question for me.
     
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    I’d say go for it, just screw it in. Saves you cash.

    The V5 is a good design though, and I appreciate stuff from Towner and Vibramate. Here’s the hardware for the Vibramate system. Seems legit.

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    Clever.
     
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    IMG_1106.JPG You would need to use Vibramate's hardware under the saddles because the plate the Bigsby sits on has two tags that slip into it for stability. Here is an F Bigsby on a Vibramate that I had going on my Telecaster for a few years.

    One little surprise was that my Vibramate plate under the Bigsby did not set right into the ashtray because (mid-70s) Fender did not put the rear strap button on the center of the base of the guitar! I had to drill a slightly off-center hole in the Vibramate base to get the unit to work.
     
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    How difficult is setting/adjusting the intonation screws?
     
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    It's been so long I don't remember, unfortunately.
     
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    Adjusting these setups can be a pain. I notched my screws on the opposite end so I could easily turn them with a small flat-head screwdriver. I used a Dremel. Vibramate offers a saddle set with similar notched screws.
     
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    I put a Bigsby B5 w/ a Vibramate V5-TEV on my Baja Tele a couple of days ago. All went well but intonation proved to be difficult.
    Either go with BorderRadio's advice (notching), buy a set of dual access saddles (at StewMac for $50) or do the following:
    Install the Vibramate, then set the intonation BEFORE you screw the four Bigsby screws all the way down. Lift up the Bigsby to give you just enough room to reach the three intonation screws with a long screw driver. The strings have to be in place but not all the way tuned up. That would put too much pressure on the Bigsby. Then loosen all the strings to a minimum and tighten the 4 Bigsby screws. Tune up and you are ready to go.
    Tip: Before you start, take a picture or make a mental note of the location of the saddles before you remove them from your old plate. This will help you to get a rough idea where to position them on the Vibramate.

    Before I get any flak from anybody, this is only a suggestion and it worked for me perfectly.

    On a different note, the tone of your Tele may change. (There's a video on youtube, I think.) It did on mine, and I like it. Has a touch of a Strat tone now (to my ears), but just a touch...
     
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    Thanks. All good info. Appreciate you chiming in.

    Question: Why would you expect any flak (and congrats on spelling it correctly) from relating your personal experience?

    Scott
     
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    Just a precaution. Personal experience or preferences may differ and not everybody is willing to accept that.
    (BTW, love your Muddy Waters quote.)
     
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    As an alternative, I pulled the string posts and drilled all the way through, following up with a mild countersink. Works SO much better for string changes.

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    There's also the Stetsbar, which requires no extra drilling.

    Technically it's probably a better engineered solution, but most people (me included) don't like the look of it. Or rather, we're more used to the look of a Bigsby-style vibrato system.

    http://www.stetsbar.com/
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