FMIC acquires Bigsby

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  1. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/28350-fender-acquires-bigbsy

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    Fender Musical Instruments Corp (FMIC) today announced the acquisition of the Bigsby brand and its assets from Fred Gretsch Enterprises.

    The Gretsch family and FMIC have a longstanding relationship and have partnered to ensure that the transition of the business is a smooth one.

    “We are excited to acquire the Bigsby brand and add to our esteemed portfolio of specialty brands,” said Jeff Cary, Senior Vice President of FMIC Specialty Brands. “There is such a rich history with the vibratos, and a mystique around the guitars, pedals and steel instruments that is fascinating. Fred and Dinah Gretsch have been wonderful owners and we look forward to working with them to ensure a smooth transition.”

    “Paul Bigsby, Ted McCarty, Dinah and Fred Gretsch and Fender Musical Instruments Corp. all have one thing in common and that is an unquestioning dedication to product excellence over the long haul,” said Fred Gretsch. “We congratulate team Fender on this strategic acquisition.”

    Bigsby vibrato tailpieces have a long history that dates back to the earliest days of the modern electric guitar. Wildly popular with guitarists as an aftermarket product, the vibratos are featured on a wide range of instruments as original equipment offered by dozens of guitar manufacturers around the world.
     
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  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    Hmmm.... Not sure if I want to click like or not....
     
  3. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    You know they'll screw it up :)

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  4. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    o_O??
    More Bigsby lifestyle products on the way.
     
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
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    Coodercasters for everyone!
     
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  6. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
  7. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I wouldn't mind a Bigsby equipped Strat, if done well.
     
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  8. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    No way the Scottsdale set can understand this. I'd enjoy being wrong here.

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  9. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta

    But the right way would be NOT to do it.....!

    Lol. ;)
     
  10. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Totally biased. But maybe that’s a chance for Bigsby guitar reissues.
     
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  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Road-worn Bigsbys now? :eek:
     
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  12. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Right? They got the Strat right the first time.
     
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  13. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    788
    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    Soooo.... Fendsby?
     
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  14. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Either that... Or Bigsder... Ugh.
     
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  15. nasonm

    nasonm Gretschie

    354
    Nov 3, 2010
    New England, USA
    Although there are some builders that are already doing Bigsby Starting on guitars, I would be jazzed to see new Bigsby offerings!
     
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  16. buchon2111

    buchon2111 Gretschie

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    133
    Mar 26, 2016
    Way down in the boondocks
    I would love to see them reissue a Bigsby steel. That would be something.
     
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  17. 19MGB76

    19MGB76 Gretschie

    151
    Jul 31, 2018
    Minnesota
    Fender bought out my amp of choice, and stopped production. I have no faith in them doing anything positive for musicians.
     
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  18. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta

    What was that?
     
  19. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Since they are also responsible for making and marketing Gretsch guitars, maybe we should wait and see? Bigsby sounded like it needed some serious updating and maybe quality control will be a little better.
     
  20. 19MGB76

    19MGB76 Gretschie

    151
    Jul 31, 2018
    Minnesota
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