Bigsby surfaces

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Stefan, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Am I wrong?
    I‘ve read sometimes „chrome“ on Bigsby descriptions. I thought a Bigsby is always polished aluminum (if it‘s not gold)???

    Thanks for informations!
  2. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Whew, anyone?
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    .......... I'm here
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  4. MRey

    MRey Electromatic

    Feb 7, 2011
    I think you’re right, polished aluminum, gold plated, or black (on 2 models) is what they make. I too have seen “chrome plated” in descriptions but they are incorrect if it’s a real Bigsby.
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  5. afire

    afire Country Gent

    The old ones are definitely unplated aluminum, and I'm pretty sure the new ones are too. But the new ones do seem to have some finish or treatment that prevents them from going as dull as the old ones. But I don't think it's chrome. I've always found that odd too. My guess is it's just shorthand for white metal as opposed to gold.
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  6. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've been spun around the block by old threads, but it seems all the modern USA Bigsbys are polished aluminum alloy, the Licensed ones too. It seems the only plating done is for gold.
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  7. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Drives me nuts the way sellers often refer to the (all) aluminum Bigsby vibratos as being nickel.
  8. Willie D

    Willie D Gretschie

    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    But I LIKE the way the old ones go dull!
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  9. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    The manufacturer lists them as either aluminum, gold plated, polished aluminum or black. I assume black is anodized aluminum. And I assume gold plated is over aluminum. So you can get any Bigsby as long as it's made from aluminum.
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  10. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    If there is an aluminum and a polished aluminum I can see how that translates to nickel and chrome, respectively.
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  11. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    ...and raw aluminum would be my favourite. I‘ve polished my B16 that way.
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  12. afire

    afire Country Gent

    You're preaching to the choir on that one.
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