Acoustic bigsby

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Blues Playa, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Blues Playa

    Blues Playa Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2013
    I have no experience with installing bigsbys, but could i put one on my acoustic? Heres a pic

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  2. ampe

    ampe Country Gent

    May 11, 2011
    Yes you could.

    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    Yes ;) btw have been looking at this for my own build. Found just googling around. The saddle would need replacement for something with less friction, customized. Go for it;)

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  4. workknot

    workknot Country Gent

    Feb 15, 2009
    Brainerd, Minnesota
    I would be a little concerned about putting that much downward stress on the top of a flatop guitar and will that much hardware resting on the top is that going to dampen the acoustic tone and volume?
  5. calvin lee

    calvin lee Country Gent

    Jan 5, 2011
    new york
    i've seen a floyd rose on an acoustic, so i think you could put a bigsby on one. it would have to have a pretty strong top though, because all that pressure could warp the wood over time. it could be worth trying though. it would definitely sound unique.
  6. Blues Playa

    Blues Playa Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2013
    You know what it was my grandpas guitar , they dont make em anymore so ill just Let it Be
  7. 54club

    54club Synchromatic

    Mar 31, 2011
    Kelseyville, CA
    Use an archtop'll work swell. I have done it in the past. Don't use a double roller, use a B3 or B11 or if it's a big archtop use a B6.
  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    There were rare Gretsch models called the Nightbird (blue) and Crimson Flyer (red). They were acoustic electric models with a Bigsby.


    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    wow that could be done to new rancher G5022C:) might need some extra work, internal work making it strong enough for bigsby. I bet a lot of folks would want something like it, maybe GreTsch would make em rollin again;)
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  10. Sakana

    Sakana Gretschie

    Nov 12, 2012
    That Crimson looks saweet!
    Would LOVE to own a blue one - never seen anything like that.
  11. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Country Gent

    Jan 22, 2013
    Birmingham, UK

    I'm finding I bought one a couple of weeks ago... a G5420. Afterall, they are (an evolution of?) an archtop acoustic with pickups added.


    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    but they wont sound or look a bit the same, I'll have both.;) this would be louder acousticly;) and thats why I like em
  13. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Country Gent

    Jan 22, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    On the sound, fair comment. It's not quite the same as a good J-200.
    That Yamaha with a Bigsby screwed on? I doubt it would be louder or sound better - you're damping the vibration of the top by adding a chunk of aluminium - and if you get into amplifying it via a piezo, it will pickup every last creak and squeak.
    Looks? Couldn't give a sh*t about the looks.

    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    Ignore my post then. If you dont care for them. He werent gonna do it on the yamaha eather. I think its sh*t cool idea anyways,,, i wouldnt use the piezo, i would use pickup like the pic!!!! Or soundhole mount because its not exactly the same. I would try to give one the same vibe. I would try getting it to work. And i thinks its a very big price step between a good j200 and the rancher g5022c aint it????? ( i hope your not comparing a gibson j200) Let ME give a sh*t about the look then

    And its not about making it louder or making it sound better!! its about having a bigsby on an acoustic...
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  15. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Country Gent

    Jan 22, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    I haven't had my morning coffee, yet. It's great for visual - in music video, perhaps - but from a sound and practicality point of view, I can't see the point. The Gretsch ones will have been adapted to suit, and I'd bet the unplugged sound of those isn't that good either.
    If yo're going to use a magnetic pickup, you might as well use a Gretsch 5420 etc, anyway - an acoustic with an 'electric' pickup sounds pretty much like a Gretsch.

    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    I would have to say that an acoustic with A pickup/ soundhole magnetic pickup would be a completley different guitar than a 5420 not ever compareable. Why would eather one have to be the better one. bigsby is not fully contact against body, its not a problem. Speaking body depth and so much more, no F-holes,floating pickguard,floating bridge its very Different. I can see the point trust me. But what ever I like it and that does it for me. ;)
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  17. Kmonz90

    Kmonz90 Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2013
    cool thread a lot of good information and ideas, i really like these though they look tasty
  18. plroad21

    plroad21 Gretschie

    Nov 12, 2011
    Charleston, SC
    Oh man I need one of those bad.
  19. jflintmac

    jflintmac Country Gent

    I haven't seen the Gretsch acoustic with a Bigsby added to it but I am sure that it must have bracing in it and that it would not compare to a regular acoustic - unplugged. There is always going to be a tonal cost for such a modification.
    As for bolting one of these onto one's own personal acoustic guitar (what ever model) I would imagine the top would crack or seperate from the sides within the first week (or the first hour) unless some sort of internal bracing was added.

    Now from an aesthetic POV (not that it should matter) I think this looks a bit silly and has been done by some one with way too much time on their hands - and money :)
    But what do I know??? :D

    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    Deleted post. Figured Id stick with my own thoughts and do it, for I like em;)
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
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