got Bigsby?

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  1. wayneo1

    wayneo1 Member

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    Hi All,
    Why do Rockabilly players like Bigsby Trems?
    I am refering to fellows who have other brands than Gretsch.
    I listen to Rockabilly and cannot pick out use of the trem.
    Thanks for your time
    Wayne
     
  2. edwarddavis

    edwarddavis Supporting Member

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    personally I cannot see the reason anybody would put one of these on a guitar , just my opinion . I hate having a trem at all on a guitar .
     
  3. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan Staff Member

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    There's a mystique to having a Bigsby. It looks cool and has a great airy vibrato quality that offers a different tone than say a Strat trem lying flush on the body.
     
  4. Chicago Slim

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    The use of a Bigsby, is a little more subtle. As a rockabilly player, I wouldn't think of owning a guitar, without some type of tremelo.

    PRS Starla, B5 Bigsby with Vibramate Spoiler (makes string changes easier).

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    You can see good use if it, in Darrel Higham's solo:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyT21b2eRsU&feature=related
     
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    Sweetfinger Supporting Member

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    Bigsby is a trem identified with old Gretsch guitars so even if you don't have a Gretsch, your love of those guitars and associated style will sort of predispose you to liking Bigsbys. Also, the Bigsby has a certain "drop' to it. A large physical movement doesn't translate into nearly as much pitch bend as a Strat trem. You can do very subtle vibrato or you can really shake the crap outta them and it still won't sound like Steve Vai or EVH. Both important guidelines for rockabilly players!
     
  7. GCDEF

    GCDEF Supporting Member

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    Watch pretty much any Brian Setzer video.
     
  8. wayneo1

    wayneo1 Member

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    Guys,
    That nails it, thanks cor your time!
    Wayne
     
  9. IPLAYLOUD

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    Just as you can use the Tremolo on an amp to move notes, I do the same with my Bigsby (Vibrato). Nothing crazy.

    I'll also go after pedal steel sounds by bending up to note or chord' A light touch down on the arm as I am playing a chord (9ths work great!) and bringng it up to pitch.
    Like a Sax can bend into a note, you also can with a Bigsby.

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  10. Dashface

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    Damn that is a good looking guitar!


    ...And yes, Bigsbys are there for very subtle vibrato, but there's something about their sound that is so satisfying. Plus, as mentioned above, they just plain look awesome. Here's mine:

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  11. Bob Pollock

    Bob Pollock Supporting Member

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    The effect is subtle in the same way an Echoplex sweetens the sound.
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  12. Catoogie

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    Really? You can't understand why anyone would want to have a vibrato unit on their guitar? You can't even fathom the idea? Seriously?
     
  13. Catoogie

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    Tremolo on an amp changes the volume. A vibrato bar changes the pitch of the note, not the volume. Two separate things.
     
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    the B7 on my ES-345 stays on there because i can let chords shimmer like no pedal can.... soo expressive and coooool !
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  15. IPLAYLOUD

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    "Tremolo on an amp changes the volume. A vibrato bar changes the pitch of the note, not the volume."

    I guess I meant "moving" by the change in volume causing that "wave" type of sound.

    Using Vibrato and Tremolo together can sound good...or really bad. ;-)
     
  16. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    'Cause they rock. That's why.

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  17. peskypesky

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    that's a hot guitar!!!
     
  18. pfflam

    pfflam Silver Supporting Member

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    I put Bigsbys on all my guitars
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    I even got the Rickenbacker equivalent and put it on my 360v64 6:
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    I once even had an old Gretsch and plopped one on there too:
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    I've probably said this before , but this is one of the nicest looking teles I've ever seen.
     

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