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Just installed Bigsby on my Casino!

guitarznamps

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Hi Folks, I want to thank everyone that commented on my question earlier this week concerning to install or not install a Bigsby on my Casino. I ordered a B7 from JK Lutherie Monday, discounted price, recieved it this afternoon. Im fairly handy but Im no luthier and I installed the Bigsby in 1 hour and a half including a re-string which is a little different because you have to bend the string at the ball end to keep it on the Bigsby while you wind it up...not too bad though! The instuctions included are very good. Ive been playing the guitar for a couple of hours and man am I happy that my Casino has a Bigsby!! The guitar is still very light , it's a thing of beauty, and what a sweet warble and shimmer the Bigsby adds to a chord. If you have also considered this go for it!
 

SGNick

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PICS! Or it never happened! :)

Sounds cool man! enjoy it! Not too many people have their casinos in the George Harrison configuration!
 

Deadduck

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That was quick! I'd love to see some pics. Did you change anything about your saddles or bridge? Does there seem to be any difference in resonance or sustain? Any differences in the feel of the guitar?

Congrats!
 

Funkwire

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Very cool. Did you know that the main reason Paul McCartney bought a Casino in the first place was because it was the only guitar he could find locally that had a Bigsby installed? Then John and George liked it so much, they had to get their own (non-Bigsby) Casinos...and here we are lusting after them today...
 

skeeterbuck

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Very cool. Did you know that the main reason Paul McCartney bought a Casino in the first place was because it was the only guitar he could find locally that had a Bigsby installed? Then John and George liked it so much, they had to get their own (non-Bigsby) Casinos...and here we are lusting after them today...
George's had a bigsby too. Only John's was "Non Bigsby".
 

Funkwire

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Right you are...that'll teach me to trust my memory...better ask the wife for a copy of 'Beatles Gear' for my b-day...

 

guitarznamps

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Hey Guy's, I havnt been near the computer for a couple of days... Keith asked about diferences in the guitar so here goes. I feel if anything the guitar may sustain a little better than before. I didnt change saddles or do anything at all to the bridge. The guitar still vibrates against your side the same as before. I thought it might feel less slinky due to the additional downward pressure behind the bridge but it still feels like it did before as far as the string tension goes. Also the Casino is still very light and comfortable. The cast aluminum Bigsby B-7 weighs about a pound and looks exactly like George Harrison's in the pic above. When I installed it I had to drill 3 holes near the strap button( one lined up from the old trapeze tailpiece) and 2 on the top. Again the included instructions were very good. Before I drilled I sighted the neck many times because I didnt want to screw it up! They include red string that goes around the tuning pegs of both e strings through the nut and down the neck to the Bigsby e string posts so you can see exactly how straight everything is. Im really happy with the results. Thanks for the nice responses! Mark
 

Waxhead

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Hey Guy's, I havnt been near the computer for a couple of days... Keith asked about diferences in the guitar so here goes. I feel if anything the guitar may sustain a little better than before. I didnt change saddles or do anything at all to the bridge. The guitar still vibrates against your side the same as before. I thought it might feel less slinky due to the additional downward pressure behind the bridge but it still feels like it did before as far as the string tension goes. Also the Casino is still very light and comfortable. The cast aluminum Bigsby B-7 weighs about a pound and looks exactly like George Harrison's in the pic above. When I installed it I had to drill 3 holes near the strap button( one lined up from the old trapeze tailpiece) and 2 on the top. Again the included instructions were very good. Before I drilled I sighted the neck many times because I didnt want to screw it up! They include red string that goes around the tuning pegs of both e strings through the nut and down the neck to the Bigsby e string posts so you can see exactly how straight everything is. Im really happy with the results. Thanks for the nice responses! Mark
Thanks for that. I'm thinking of doing the same thing on my Epi.

So how is the Bigsby operating ??
Is it staying in tune when you lean on the bar hard.
Nice smooth operation or no ???
Are you getting a good half tone trem variation both ways ??
any other issues ????

would luv to see some pics !! :AOK
 

guitarznamps

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Hi Waxhead, The Bigsby is operating fine, It stays in tune as well as my Strat does once the strings were stretched out. I am getting a 1/2 step pitch shift in both directions and it will also do the "seasick" sound without going out of tune. I put a little graphite in the nut slots which has always helped on my Strat. Overall Im really happy, I should have done this a long time ago! Sorry I havnt posted pics, I could email some to you, but being new to the Gear Page I havnt figured out how to do that here yet! Mark
 




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