which bigsby to buy?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Ashe, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Ashe

    Ashe Senior Member

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    i see that there are quite a few models varying in prices for flat top electric guitars.... which one should i get for telecasters? and why are some cheaper than others?
     
  2. Bob Pollock

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    Most common on a Tele would be the B5, the other would be a B16 (usually requires a shim in the neck pocket). The imported licensed units are cheaper, and have a 0 after the model number, B50, B70 etc.
     
  3. Ashe

    Ashe Senior Member

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    so string spacing is the same and everything?
     
  4. Bob Pollock

    Bob Pollock Supporting Member

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    Yes, your bridge will still determine the string spacing.
     
  5. Ashe

    Ashe Senior Member

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    thanks for the help bob :D
     
  6. TrainBridge

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    If you don't want to drill into the body I'd think about getting a vibramate. Let's you attach a b5 without any permanent mods to the guitar.
     
  7. dunara

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    Only on a guitar with a tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece yes - not a telecaster. As said already, you'll need a B16 or a B5. I use a B5, with a 3-saddle bridge. I've machined the back of the bridge plate to allow the strings through to the B5.
     
  8. Andy J.

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    Nope, there's a Vibramate (two, actually, but I rather prefer the looks of the newer V2 two-piece assembly) for Telecasters nowadays too:

    http://www.vibramate.com/vibramate-v5tev2-install.php
    http://www.vibramate.com/vibramate-v5tev1-install.php

    Both work with a B5 and a 3-saddle bridge. I will definitely try the V2 at some point in the future!
     
  9. Ashe

    Ashe Senior Member

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    i don't care about drilling the body, thanks :)
     
  10. dunara

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    Andy - I stand corrected! Didn't know they'd brought that out. Looks good, too. :)
     

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