Bigsby on my Tele?

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  1. rjfletcher82

    rjfletcher82 Member

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    I've got a '69 Tele Thinline Reissue and I want to install a Bigsby system on't.

    Any thoughts?

    Questions, Comments, Warnings??? Please let me know.
    :band

     
  2. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Supporting Member

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    do it now
    great sound
     
  3. JTC

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    I have a Bigsby on a Tele, love it!
     
  4. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    You have to shim the neck to get the right angle, no?

    Sounds like a PITA.

    I would say buy one already installed if you can swing it.
     
  5. mr coffee

    mr coffee Gold Supporting Member

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    the one piece boatanchor you have to definetly shim. I've had good results with notching the vintage ashtray and running the string sover the top than using the jag/mustang bridge nightmare also
     
  6. rjfletcher82

    rjfletcher82 Member

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    i was thinking of using the b5 tele kit...supposedly it fits right on.:rotflmao
     
  7. Austinrocks

    Austinrocks Member

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    check out ZZ Guitar Works, they have bigsby mounting system that does not require drilling new holes the bigsby and mounting plater are $229, saw these guys at the last guitar show in dallas last april, really great stuff, they were sold out the first day

    http://www.zzguitarworks.com/servlet/StoreFront
     
  8. oscar100

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    change teh feel but be very cool!
     
  9. mr coffee

    mr coffee Gold Supporting Member

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    the socket/cups for the jag bridge...
    crazy,,\\~there is a youtube installation video,google is amazing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN2MLRbIC5M

     
  10. paulgroove82

    paulgroove82 Supporting Member

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    Best addition to a tele - I've had one on my '52 Reissue since the day I bought it!
     
  11. Tweedledee

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    The B5 Tele kit doesn't really quite "fit right on". You have to drill two rather large holes for the bridge mounting posts (plus the four screw holes for the Bigsby unit itself), so it's a real commitment. The kit comes with instructions on how to line up everything and do it right. My advice is to measure three times, drill once.

    I installed the kit on an older top-loader MIM Tele with excellent results. You do have to shim the neck, but that's painfully simple. Don't let that discourage you. If you do it the other way and notch the standard bridge plate rather than installing the tune-o-matic style bridge, then you don't have to shim.

    There is a ton of information (and great photos) on Bisgby-fied Teles here:
    http://www.xs4all.nl/~msengers/htm/gallery.htm

    Here's the one I did:

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