anyone else drawn to a bigsby...

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  1. RichieRich

    RichieRich Senior Member

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    and have little to zero use for one?

    my lust for a bigsby is insane right about now, but i can't see myself using it in any of my music.

    btw, is it true bigsby's hurt tone?
     
  2. operanonverba

    operanonverba Silver Supporting Member

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    I've got one on a CIJ Custom Tele and it changes the tone. Sometimes I like it and other times I don't. There are some subtle overtones that show up that can be cool but not wanted other times. I don't use the bigsby much and it adds some weight. But I love how they look. Especially the flat finished reliced looking ones. Don't care for the gold ones but I don't like gold hardware anyway.
     
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  3. LowWatt

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    "Hurt" isn't the right word, but they do change your tone. Some sustain is lost and a little bit of a metallic overtone is added.

    Personally, I love Bigsbys and I think that tone adds greatly to certain guitars and styles, but I hate restringing them.
     
  4. larimar

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    I have contemplated throwing one on my Gibson Explorer for some time.
     
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    If my fav guitar tech hadn't moved to frickin' Texas, I was gonna put Duncan Antiquities (maybe 3 of 'em?) and a Bigsby on my Explorer.

    I used to own a turquoise Epiphone Casino with a Bigsby. It used to howl with feedback (hollowbody with no center block), but I miss it...:(

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  6. Jahn

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    I currently have a Starfire II, and was tempted many a time to "upgrade" to a Starfire III configuration by adding a Bigsby. But something about that harp tailpiece really completes the package of the SFII and I don't want to mess with mojo since the feel/tone of the Starfire is really dialed in right now. I've had Bigsbys in the past that creaked/were spongy/tuning nightmares/created deadspot resonance, so as cool as that warble is, I've resigned myself not to go for one again.
     
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    had a couple over the years.. always ended up trading the guitar.

    i guess that says everything..
     
  8. c_mac

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    I had a fascination and then I bought a guitar with one, never again.
     
  9. larimar

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    I like that idea. Three pups and a Bigsby. It would be a head-turner for sure.:AOK

    Routing my Explorer for full size P-90's is another "maybe" thought I have had. The Bigs' though is getting closer and closer to happening. I have a "beater" Epi' SG that I will prol' install the Bigsby on first in order to work out any instillation "kinks" as it would be a first time instillation for me.
     
  10. m@2

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    i feel your pain... i too am drawn to the Bigsby.
    here's mine, pine esquire.. very fun to play
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    get one as a secondary guitar, some cool tones can be had with a bigsby... but they do sometimes "get in the way". I often fold mine down to get it out of the way.
     
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    On both of my Teles I added Bigsbys and the tone was far from 'hurt', in fact I would say that it enhanced the tone . . . I mean noticeably.

    The feeling of the strings is different though: springier, more giving . . . this is better to me.

    All around I love my Bigsbys and am even planning on putting one on my Gretsch . . if'n I keep it.
     
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    Did I hear '3 Pups and a Bigsby'?!

    Head-turner for sure . . . though I'm not sure many find it palatable . . . mais tant pis!!

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  13. parker

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    I really am having a tough time playing "non-Bigsby" guitars right now..... My Tele w/Bigsby is the most inoxicating instrument to play, the tone is like none other, I would actually say better than my stop tail guitars, absolutely unbelievable tone, besides, my phrasing and single line are new and more interesting than it has been.... go for it!
     
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    Its funny how it becomes addicting . . . grabbing the bar and giving that little shake after a chord seems absolutely part of guitar playing now . . . . with electrics I gotta have a Bigsby!
     
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    Another addict here. A Bigsby is just part of the sound of an electric guitar for me.
     
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    I use my Bigsby so much I don't sound the same when I have to play a guitar without one.
     
  17. Bhodie

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    I think it really has a lot to do with the bridge in use. Tele type guitars have the rounded saddles that are pretty stationary and are one thing. If you are using it over a TOM or some other type of bridge with some "give" to it, I had nothing but problems. Tried roller bridges, etc. but overall it just ended up frustrating the crap out of me, never really returned to tune except when it did.. maybe on one string not another... drove me mad, but looked cool as all get out. (Mine was on a Hamer Monaco 3)
     
  18. Cowboy

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    Hell, yes. Just bought a Gretsch to get one on a guitar!!! :D

    Cowboy
     
  19. Joe Robinson

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    I have two Grestch guitars with Bigsbys, a 6120 and an Elliot Easton Duo Jet. I find that heavier strings go along way towards tuning stabilty. Malcolm Young excepted, a Gretsch without a Bigsby is like half of a guitar, IMO.

    And I'd love to have a nice flametop lester with a bigsby. But that more becuase I really love the look of that old flametop that Keith Richards used to play and later loaned to Mick Taylor.
     
  20. MBreinin

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    I love a Bigsby on the right guitar, like a Gretsch or an old Les Paul custom. They look a bit odd on the LPC, but a Gretsch without them looks naked.

    Mike
     

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