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Bigsby B7 on a Gibson SG

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Robzilla, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Robzilla

    Robzilla Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm wondering what the problems are of installing a Bigsby B7 on a SG. I know it's uncommon but it can be done. You can see an example of it here:
    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/85093366/Redferns

    I've talked to someone who installed a B7 on his SG and said it works fine but there is some extra work. It seems the part where the strings go has a small gap between the Bigsby and the body and the end of the Bigsby is larger than the body is (i can live with this).

    Is there anyone who has experience with this installation? I'm very curious to your experiences and ideas about this modification! :cool:
     
  2. SGNick

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    seems needlessly complicated, when a B5 will fit and work just fine.
     
  3. Robzilla

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    Yeah ofcourse you are right, but i like the look of the B7. I'm just curious to see if someone here has done it and what the problems are they've run into..

    :)
     
  4. Waxhead

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    Don't do it. Bigsbys are iffy on an SG anyways.
    B5 or better still a Vibrola if you want a trem system that'll function well.
     
  5. HRydarcik

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    There's a guy over at Harmony Central who put a B7 on his SG...looked great and I don't believe he had any problems with it.
     
  6. 61sglespaul

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    No problems here...this guitar is over 40 years old and has been used on 1000's of gigs and recordings.

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  7. wassernixe

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    @61sglespaul: would you please post a good close-up of the b7 on that '61 sg? does it have stopbar holes? i've got a 2000 sg with a stopbar, and i'm wondering if a b7 will install right, cause it looks like the post holes are out of the way on les pauls, but the sg has a slightly different taillpiece-endpin distance. i really want to do a b7 though cause it looks like the b3 is too shallow a string angle...
    thank you!
     
  8. 61sglespaul

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    Here is a close up photo. The Bigsby was already installed when it was bought from Alan Rogan in 1971.

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  10. joesatch

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    I've done it. I made my own vibramate with 1/4" aluminum stock. And the tailpiece area as well to avoid any holes being drilled. Roller bridge killed my sustain so i went with a tone-pros. It stays in tune quite well.
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    Bigsby's are ugly as Hell and won't stay in tune, leave it off and Let go.............
     
  13. TravisE

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    :jo
     
  14. Whiskeyrebel

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    Uglier than what? A Floyd or a Rockinger? Please.
     
  15. TravisE

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    I have to say that this is one of the coolest freakin' SGs I've seen...and I own a '63 SG Custom. That Standard is just cool as ****! Wanna swap? LOL!
     
  16. joesatch

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    Man that ' 63 has some serious mojo! In 20 or 30 years, i hope to have some of that mojo on mine.
     
  17. Elcapo

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    I know this is an old post but I just put this together. I love the B7 on the
    SG.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  18. mfc_pj

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    Looks good! Was it a problem to install?
     
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  20. IPLAYLOUD

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    I would think the heavier Bigsby would give an SG better balance.
     

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