Bigsby for a 330

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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (paologregorio) » Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:13 pm

wittyair wrote:The beauty of the B3 vs. the B5 is that no holes are drilled on the top with the B3. I'm gonna give it a whirl.


One also doesn't need to use a line of string as a straight edge to line up the unit and all that stuff...but then again, that's to square up the unit to drill HOLES in the top of the guitar for the B5. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (beatlefreak) » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:29 am

I think the B5 looks better, without all that extra metal on the guitar.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (jdogric12) » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:15 am

I have a B5 on an Epi LP SpecII and love it, except for how far back the arm is. This B3 business looks to be pretty neat. I also suspect sustain would suffer, but like Scotty, I'm kinda shallow and would prefer the look and improved position for function.

Please do keep us posted Craig, it sounds like a few of us are eager to learn the results!
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (wittyair) » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:49 am

I have the B3 inbound to me as we speak. Hopefully I'll have some pics up by next week.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (xpitt) » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:52 am

libratune wrote:One thing I would be concerned about with the longer Bigsbys is the deflection angle of the strings coming up to the back of the bridge. The B-5 has a bar that the strings go under to provide maximum deflection. Here's a photo of a B-5 mounted on a 345, the Bigsby works just fine and IMO looks great:

345 bigsby 9-fullsize.jpg


Here's another 345 that I don't have anymore; this photo shows the deflection angle better:

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http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee27 ... /330.3.jpg

...works great; the 4th whole is under the spring, the "nose" was cut off and polished, looks much nicer ...
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (egosheep) » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:38 pm

Great Ramp In My Opinion.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (libratune) » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:30 pm

egosheep wrote:What about the B11?

http://www.bigsbyguitars.com/products_b11.html


That one was designed for archtop guitars.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (lennon211) » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:37 am

I'd favor not drilling the top. Can't wait to see how this one comes out.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (scotty) » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:53 am

one small thought.How does the bigsby affect casing the guitar?
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (kiramdear) » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:14 am

scotty wrote:one small thought.How does the bigsby affect casing the guitar?


You have to place the end of the handle in the corner of the case. That's all.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (libratune) » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:35 am

To me this is aesthetics vs. mechanics. IMO, you need the 2nd roller to maintain proper string deflection and you need the Bigsby to lie down on the body to get the solidity of feel and sustain you want. This happens by the Bigsby being screwed on, or by string tension when the Bigsby is pulled flat agains the body. I am suspect that the latter will happen on a non-archtop guitar.

The only Bigsby with a 2nd roller that fits a Rick is the B-5 (or it's cousin, the B-50). The B-7 also has a 2nd roller and works great on Gibson ES 335 thinline series (only one screw!). Some Gretsch archtop models take the non-2nd roller archtop Bigsbys well.

Interested to see how the B-3 works out on the 330 as respects stability and playability.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (xpitt) » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:53 am

Yep, Tim ! Now I remember : from this photo, which was posted somewhere before, I copied the idea of cutting away the "nose" for the 4th screw and place it under the spring instead. Wonderful guitar, you sold it ? don't you regret ?
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (paologregorio) » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:32 am

I think the B3 sustains just fine on my Silver Jet and Duo Jets; both have Bigsby B-3 units and I get great sustain out of them.
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Re: Bigsby for a 330

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:32 am

Regardless of model, note that the term, "true vibrato" is used everywhere on the Bigsby web site and in their promotional material. This is to counter the mis-use (and mis-spelling!) of the term "tremelo" for these devices, begun by Leo Fender and perpetuated by Fender players for the last 50+ years.
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