Adding a Bigsby to a Casino

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  1. thesooze

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    I'm wanting to add a Bigsby to my Epi Casino. Anyone done the bigs without drilling into the body? Curious how that process went. Also anybody add a Bigsby to a Casino and loved it?

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  2. gigs

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    Added a Bigsby to my Gibson ES-135. No holes drilled. Love it.

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    Awesome. I'm just getting into researching this today... which model of Bigsby did you use? Are there several kinds with no holes drilled or only one?
     
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    I don't remember which one it is (I'm at work right now). I remember going to the Bigsby website and figuring out which one would be best. Good luck and post a pic when you're done. I think its the B3, but I might be wrong.

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    I bought my Casino used with Bigsby and I like it a lot! :)

    Nice Casino btw! Looks like 80's Matsumoku, am I right?
     
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    Yup that's the one! Thanks :)
     
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    I have a B7 on my sunburst Casino and its a great mod! It looks cool, gets rid of some of the ringing behind the bridge, and it balances the guitar nicely. I took the pickguard off mine for the Gary Clark Jr./George Harrison look
     
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    Does the B7 require drilling?
     
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    It does, but it's only two holes and I know I'll never take it off
     
  10. Tony Bones

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    The B3 is intended to replace a harp tailpiece. It doesn't (shouldn't) touch the top of the guitar and won't require any new screws/holes there. I can't guarantee that the mounting holes and the end pin match the ones on your guitar.

    Having said that, I really didn't like using a B3 on a semihollow. I prefer a B7 that is firmly attached to the top of the guitar.
     
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    Keep in mind your guitar's string angle over the bridge may require a Bigsby with the bar that the strings go under - a la B7. The B3 just doesn't work on some guitars where the angle is too shallow. YMMV...
     
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    I would suggest a Chamberlain replacement bar so you can make easy string changes like a stop tail string thru vs the awful pegs that make it an ordeal to change strings
     
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    B7...yes

    I have one on my ES-330, and it's wonderful!

    IMO, yes, you need the tension bar, so a B3 isn't the best choice.
     
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    My new one. It may be for sale.
     
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    Is the Tremotone that they have on the reissue Wilshire available as an aftermarket part? No idea how well it works but it looks really cool.
     

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