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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:24 pm

put a Bigsby licensed vibro bar on my Epi Sheraton last night, im really digging it so far...here's a pic:

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kinda jazzes it up a bit, loads of fun....

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Post by dkcg » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:45 pm

Nice! I always liked Bigsbys. I was gonna get a country gentleman, but then modular came along. :lol:

Is that the standard guitar bridge? You gotta get one of the roller bridges if they stick. Gotta play some Eddie Cochran with that bigsby! :)

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:52 pm

very nice, that is a gorgeous guitar!

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:45 pm

dkcg wrote:Nice! I always liked Bigsbys. I was gonna get a country gentleman, but then modular came along. :lol:

Is that the standard guitar bridge? You gotta get one of the roller bridges if they stick. Gotta play some Eddie Cochran with that bigsby! :)
standard bridge, haven't had a problem...if i start breaking strings i'll look into it, but the ones i've seen are kinda pricey, haven't run across a knock-off as of yet....

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Post by Kent » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:48 pm

Noice! Soupy Reverb Vibrato Swells ahead!

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:51 pm

Muff Wiggler wrote:very nice, that is a gorgeous guitar!
thanks...it's a '99, the neck seems much nicer than the newer ones (to me)...got it with a hardshell case at a pawnshop for $250, i used to have a brownburst that got stolen, i suppose the deal karma came thru for me ... lplays like BUTTA BABY :party:

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Post by Cat-A-Tonic » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:04 pm

Looks nice. Very Chuck Berry. 8)

I've long considered doing that to my '81 Gibson Les Paul Custom.
Somehow I just can't bring myself to put holes in it.
I guess there are some similar tremolos that don't require new holes though.
I was gonna get a country gentleman, but then modular came along.

I too have lusted after Gretsch. :love:
I think the mint green anniversary model looks damn fine.
Gotta play some Eddie Cochran with that bigsby!
It's good to see some other appreciators of rockabilly here. :bananaguitar:

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Post by dkcg » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:47 pm

ross g wrote:
Muff Wiggler wrote:very nice, that is a gorgeous guitar!
thanks...it's a '99, the neck seems much nicer than the newer ones (to me)...got it with a hardshell case at a pawnshop for $250, i used to have a brownburst that got stolen, i suppose the deal karma came thru for me ... lplays like BUTTA BABY :party:
Sweet deal. I LOVE how hollowbodies (and semi hollowbodies) sound, especially through a nice Fender amp like a showman or twin wet with reverb and a tape delay...yum. I may be a synth dude now, but I love some good fingerpicking and that slapback rockabilly/psychobilly sound.

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Post by dkcg » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:50 pm

Cat-A-Tonic wrote: It's good to see some other appreciators of rockabilly here. :bananaguitar:
if it's 12 bars and I IV V with a blue note thrown in, I'm there!

I wonder what Link Ray would have done with some of the "disgusting" gritty sounds a synth can make. Maybe he would have hated synths...who knows.

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Post by dkcg » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:54 pm

Cat-A-Tonic wrote:Looks nice. Very Chuck Berry. 8)

I've long considered doing that to my '81 Gibson Les Paul Custom.
Somehow I just can't bring myself to put holes in it.
I guess there are some similar tremolos that don't require new holes though.
I could swear that they have another model that floats and is just the nut at the end holding it on, for the hollowbody guitars. I think the one on the front page of their website doesn't need drilling on the face, but I could be wrong.
http://www.bigsbyguitars.com/index.php

I like how LesPauls look with a bigsby, but I think I'd rather get the Gretsch DuoJet, played one once, man o man...

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:43 am

dkcg wrote:
Is that the standard guitar bridge? You gotta get one of the roller bridges if they stick.
after living with it for a week i think i may need a different bridge, but i'm not really 100% certain...i looked around a bit and it seems Gretch players prefera bar bridge over the roller bridge for improved tone and sustain, hard to tell how it will affect intonation (i believe there are compensated setups, haven't found the exact one yet)...


looking some more...

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Post by chromium » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:23 pm

Nice guitar, Ross! I've played a couple of those - lotta bang for the buck

You might check Ebay for a tune-o-matic roller bridge - looks like there are quite a few available for not too much money:

http://instruments.shop.ebay.com/items/ ... osacat=619

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Post by sonic » Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:33 am

Awesome Bigsby ... you should check out a regular tune o matic TOM bridge.That weird epi bridge is not cool for Bigsbys .

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Post by suitandtieguy » Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:45 am

that looks pretty hot.

however, i would really have been impressed if you'd have put a Trans-Trem in there.

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:01 pm

suitandtieguy wrote:that looks pretty hot.

however, i would really have been impressed if you'd have put a Trans-Trem in there.
i think i know what that is, but it's really not my style...my thought was it's a tool to help me do the eric clapton vibro (which i never could do) vs. the bb king vibro (which i can do pretty good), but it ends up sounding more like a brian may vibro (bonus)...

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:22 pm

sonic wrote:Awesome Bigsby ... you should check out a regular tune o matic TOM bridge.That weird epi bridge is not cool for Bigsbys .
i'm bringing the guit and my twin to the best guit fix it man i know on tues...i put a lot of redearch into it, i think graphite/teflon saddles is the way to go...the fix it dude will give me advice and fix up my twin in the process i figure....

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:55 am

well, it's getting a lot more expensive than i thought, not sure wtf i'm going to do now :confused:

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:38 am

got the Sheraton back last week, went with a Gotoh roller bridge:

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dropped right in, but it's held on by string tension (the Korean/Samick Sheratons have non-standard bridge size)....

stays in tune a lot better, but i think i'm putting Grover tuners in next month...

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Post by krelnarb » Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:00 pm

Big Bends Nut Sauce

http://www.bigbends.com/

It's fantastic. It works. Micro-dab where strings touch bridge or nut and your good to go. I used it on a Squire based parts-o-caster and I swear it stayed in tune for over two days. And I'm a string yankin' bar bending fool.

And it took all the 'this sucks' out of my HipShot B-bender.

I love this stuff.

And no, I don't own stock in it.

Kick ass guitar Ross.

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Post by robojam » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:15 pm

Threads like this make me think that I really need to get more guitars...

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Post by smitty » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:33 pm

Hmm, I could do that to my Joe Pass! :) Do they make Lefty Bigsby's? These Epi model lines are awesome for what they cost. No "collector bend over" tax to deal with.

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Post by chromium » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:32 am

smitty wrote:Do they make Lefty Bigsby's?
Here's an old NOS lefty Bigsby - still at $99 and no bids:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Left-Handed ... 240%3A1318

That seller is part of my daily "Ebay prowl", and has been good to deal with. They apparently somehow ended up with a ton of NOS parts from the old Gibson Kalamazoo, MI factory, and popped up a couple years ago on Ebay hocking the stuff - necks, bodies, Moog boards from the Gibson RDs, rare pickguards, electronics, many of these tremolo units, and other stuff made of unobtainium.


They do still make lefty versions - Elderly has one too:

http://elderly.com/accessories/items/B7L.htm

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Post by Chuck E. Jesus » Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:49 pm

krelnarb wrote:Big Bends Nut Sauce

http://www.bigbends.com/

It's fantastic. It works. Micro-dab where strings touch bridge or nut and your good to go. I used it on a Squire based parts-o-caster and I swear it stayed in tune for over two days. And I'm a string yankin' bar bending fool.

And it took all the 'this sucks' out of my HipShot B-bender.

I love this stuff.

And no, I don't own stock in it.

Kick ass guitar Ross.
i tried to buy some Nut Sauce at my local GC, they don't carry it, had to get another graphite based lube, seems to work fine...


anyway: i was having trouble with the roller bridge anchors sliding around in the old anchors so i tried to epoxy them in...but as they weren't in the correct position and the bridge wouldn't fit on properly, i ended up snapping one of the posts...i was able to get a new set of anchors/posts, and i just dropped off the Epi to my buddy who is a furniture repair dude...he's going to pull the old anchors, dowel the holes, match the finish, and install the new anchors properly....i should have it next week...

i also put in locking Grovers, a great product! restringing/tuning is a breeze....i've already decided to put in new pups and pots, going to be a bad-ass axe :party:

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