Bigsby on Tele--options

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  1. Beakertwang

    Beakertwang Supporting Member

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    I'm just starting to plan putting together a parts tele, or sort of tele-isn. I definitely want a Bigsby. On a tele, here are my options:

    --Notched tele bridge, like Callaham makes
    --Vibramate for tele.
    --JM-style bridge, like on the Teles that come Bigsby'd from the factory
    --Since I'll finish the body myself, I could get a custom tele-shaped body set up for a TOM bridge. Sort of like a Reverend Buckshot. I wouldn't mind if the bridge pickup is uncovered. I realize the bridge plate affects the tele tone, but that's not a deal-breaker. I'm also aware that this would change the angle of the neck pocket. Would it affect what kind of neck I could put with it?

    --B16 is not an option. Looks like a chastity belt.

    What are the pros and cons of the different bridge options? What else do I need to consider?
     
  2. coldengray

    coldengray Supporting Member

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    I have the Callaham notched Tele bridge and it works like a charm with my B5 and looks awesome.

    The Vibramate setup for a Tele looks horrible IMO.
     
  3. Beakertwang

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    I agree, but at least it's not the B16.
     
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  5. Whiskeyrebel

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    Notched 3 saddle bridge works well with my Bigsby Palm Pedal. Don't see why it wouldn't work with a regular Bigsby.
     
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    I use a Mastery JM style with my BIgsby B5. Works like a charm with no tuning issues. I had several other set ups on this guitar and nine worked near as well.
     
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    Ok, now that's pretty cool! I guess a B16 looks great on an aluminum tele.
    :console
     
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    Best feeling, best looking Chastity Belt ever made.
    Don't ever throw anything out the window because of looks.

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  9. Beakertwang

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    My only experience with a chastity belt was courtesy of Mel Brooks, so I'm not really qualified to comment. But you are a man well-acquainted with Bigsbys, so I'll leave it on the table.
     
  10. TheoDog

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    B5 with Callaham notched saddle here. Love it. I think the B5 does a better job of maintaining the tension close to tele-land as compared to a Bigsby without a tension bar would. Also, the Callaham allows you to treat everything last the saddles like a basic Tele, including the neck pocket.

    I actually took a Dremel to my original tele bridge plate to get the B5 on. It worked great but looked a little ghetto. When I spring for the Callaham, the tone brightened a bit and intonation improved.
     

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