Vintera Bigsby Tele in the House

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Nice Surprise! It’s light! And put together really well. Nice pots and soldering. Trussrod works. Fretboard needs a lot of Oil. Setup and Soundcheck tomorrow.
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Nice Surprise! It’s light! And put together really well. Nice pots and soldering. Trussrod works. Fretboard needs a lot of Oil. Setup and Soundcheck tomorrow.
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Can you let us know if the Bigsby stays in tune and how much pitch variation you get. I love doing the Setzer/Duane Eddy thing with the Bisgby on the wound strings but most Bigsby teles I've played don't lower the pitch like a Gretsch does. I know a lot of this has to do with angles etc. Thanks
 

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Can you let us know if the Bigsby stays in tune and how much pitch variation you get. I love doing the Setzer/Duane Eddy thing with the Bisgby on the wound strings but most Bigsby teles I've played don't lower the pitch like a Gretsch does. I know a lot of this has to do with angles etc. Thanks
It works great because the bridge moves with the strings.
 

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It works great because the bridge moves with the strings.

Thanks. The Bigsby on my Gretsch (with Reverend soft spring) will lower the low E string down to B when I push it all the way down . Most tele Bigsby I've played will only take it down to D due to the flat body. They will give you a little shimmer but not as much pitch variation as the Gretsch. The soft spring is longer so that could account for some of the difference.
 

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Thanks. The Bigsby on my Gretsch (with Reverend soft spring) will lower the low E string down to B when I push it all the way down . Most tele Bigsby I've played will only take it down to D due to the flat body. They will give you a little shimmer but not as much pitch variation as the Gretsch. The soft spring is longer so that could account for some of the difference.

Some people just set it up with the handle higher so it can go lower. Longer Bigsby spring usually does it. Or you can just bend the handle. String gauge makes a difference as well. I believe scale length matters, but don't know for sure. My first modification is always a squishy spring.
 

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Some people just set it up with the handle higher so it can go lower. Longer Bigsby spring usually does it. Or you can just bend the handle. String gauge makes a difference as well. I believe scale length matters, but don't know for sure. My first modification is always a squishy spring.

My 72 Tele Customw ith Bigsby has a spring that is so stiff. Where do you source softer springs from and do you know if you can get a softer spring the same length?
 

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I get the soft springs from Reverend guitars. But last I knew, they were all the same length. I use 11s and they work well for me. Many people just bend the handle to their liking after they find a setup they like. I only have one that is a little too high that I may bend.

B50s tend to be pretty stiff - partly due to the tension bar.
 




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