What bridge for a bigsby?

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  1. rorschah

    rorschah Member

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    I've just got a used Guild Blues 90 - sort of a tone chambered all mahogany Les Paul thing; the previous owner had had a Bigsby installed and then removed. He sent the Bigsby with. I'm gonna put her back on.

    What bridges do you guys use with Bigsbys? Leave the original? Roller bridge? I've heard that roller bridges are the only way to go, and that roller bridges kill tone and should be shot.

    -thi
     
  2. thesedaze

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    Roller bridge. Only way to go w/ Bigsby.

    Other than for Bigsby, roller bridges should be shot ;)
     
  3. rorschah

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    Preferred brand of roller bridge?
     
  4. Tinman

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    I'm not sure who the manufacturer is, but I like the kind that Reverend used on their US series guitars with Bigsbys. I have purchased them through Allparts. They are fairly low-profile for a TOM type of bridge, and the rollers work well. They have a rectangular shape. Otherwise, a standard TOM can be made to work quite well if you do a little work to the saddles. The sharp and angular surfaces need to be smoothed over to let the strings slide over them.
     
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    imo. they haven't made a roller bridge that doesn't rob sustain.....................i'd never put a roller bridge on any of my guitars,........ i'd rather use a graph tech nut and saddles.:BEER
     
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    Roller on my Reverend is the ultimate! Thing does NOT go out tune.
     
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    How did you deal with the 14 inch radius on that bridge?
     
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    It just seems to work. The guitar fretboard is radiused compound 10-16" so it's not too far off (assuming that I'm comparing the right stats). I can't take credit for building the guitar though it is wonderful to play.
     
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    I'd be seriously tempted to try to make a floating archtop-style Bigsby aluminum bridge work on a Blues 90 (great guitar, btw), but maybe that's not a very helpful suggestion....

    ;)
     
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    I have a Tonepros on my Hamer Newport. No tuning issues at all.
     

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