what bigsby is this????

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  1. dasher

    dasher Member

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    Hi...I'm wanting to put a bigsby on my les paul deluxe but don't want to drill on the guitar like the b-7 or b-70 requires....what bigsby is this...looks like no drilling was involved other than maybe on the strap pin....??
    http://www.audioajunkie.com/photos/lindsay/alive03/Alive99.htm

    sorry...the pic wouldn't post but the link will take you to it...thanks!!
     
  2. Frankee

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    Looks like a B-7.
     
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    I did some research and ithink it's a B-3.....?
     
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    Negative..........all LP's on the Bigsby site have a B-7 or a derivative of it (B-70, B-12), listed as fitting the conventional Les Paul...........
     
  5. walterw

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    there's a new variation from bigsby that bolts right to gibson stop bar bushings and doesn't alter the guitar at all!

    because i'm an idiot, i can't think of what it's called, and because they're idiots, i can't find any mention of it on bigsby's website, even though their rep took the trouble to call stores like mine to tell us about it.
     
  6. dunara

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    At Last! They've listened! There are a lot of us who've been asking for that for decades!

    The unit on the Les Paul appears to be a B6, BTW - machined for a carved top with no roller bar.
     
  7. Bananafist

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    This is the smaller Bigsby that is fitted to the Gretsch 'Les Paul' size guitars like the duojet.If you look on Allparts they list them all, or call or mail Blackrider guitars, they'll tell you which one you want.
    :cool:
     
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    It's a B-3. I've got one on one of my LPs, and it works great.
     
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    Definitely a b-3. The only down side (or not depending on your tastes) is that it does not have the roll bar which greatly increases downward pressure on your bridge. This gives you more bigsby action (vibrato) but a little less sustain and punch. Another thing to keep in mind is that you might have to deepen the slots on your bridge (if it is a standard tune-o-matic) since the lack of pressure can lead to strings popping off the saddles. This is especially true if you have a heavey attack, and/or use your thumb or fingers to pluck the strings.

    I would love to hear more about the new Bigsby someone mentioned here.
     
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    Oops - you're both right; it's the shorter one - a B3.:tapedshut
     
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    :hide:hide:hide:hide I worked in a guitar store in the 70's. Had to restring 100's of these things .....still get nightmares.
     
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    that's cool, but the one i'm talking about doesn't have the trapeze-shaped part, but just bolts right to the stop bar holes. according to the rep, it's easier to slap it onto the guitar than it is to string it up once it's on! it's called a "vibramatic" or "tremosonic" or some such hard-to-remember thing, even though it's a real bigsby.
     
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    You guys are right............I'm a tool. Missed the roll-bar. :jo
     
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    Consider yourself lucky! I did the same thing, trying for a minimally invasive Bigsby install, and my experience was awful. It may have been because I like 10-46 strings or lighter, and have a hard digging and bending style of play, however, it wouldn't stay in tune, even untouched.
     
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    I haven't seen this. VERY cool idea. Wonder if it works.
     
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    I think I read about your bad experience on another thread. I don't know how to explain it, but mine stays in tune very, very well. I didn't even have to get a new nut cut, which I assumed I would, and I also play 10-46s. I did add some Grovers, though.

    My B-3 is very old-- from the early 60s. Maybe this has something to do with it, maybe I just got lucky!
     

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