I did no have to shim the neck on this one. If I wanted a REALLY low action I might like it better with a slight shim. The advantage of the B5 style is the down pressure bar you run the strings under. Trussart does a nice variation on the B17 by adding a down bar. I would love to try one of these - bet it sounds great. Maybe I should just buy a Trussart.Where would I find a notched ash tray-style bridge plate at a reasonable price? And, did you have to shim the neck?
Tele with a B50 (Asian-made licensed B5), in combination with a regular vintage-style 3-saddle Tele bridge (with notches in the back lip, for the strings to pass through)...
can anyone post pics of this mod? i'd be curious to see this, as i can't quite visualize how this is done...I put a B5 bigsby on mine. I left the ashtray on and just cut slots in the bottom of it for the strings to go through. I think it looks a lot better than putting on that flat piece for the stray.
So you're using the Mustang bridge with the six threaded saddles? If so, I did a mod with one of these a few years ago that worked great. I removed those nasty little steel things, drilled three holes and put three brass saddles in there. Resonance improved, less extraneous vibration and fewer moving parts. This setup requires that you slot the saddle or the strings will move. The slotted titanium KTS saddles are a good sounding (a lot like brass), well made option that are already slotted if you get the right set. These aren't compensated but sound great in my guitar:Well, I got it, installed it, and did adjustments...I love it! I did shim the neck a tiny bit. The action was intolerable after initial installation.So, a cut up business card and a retune later and I love it. Still have a bit of intonation to work out...just tired after a day of work and a gig. I will probably get some string-saver saddles by graphtech. These saddles just scare me. Bigsby needs to rethink that part.
Also, I'm gonna get some good gotoh tuning machines...these stock ones are even more obviously terrible now with a trem.