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Have a bigsby idea. Has this been done?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Echocat23, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Electromatic

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    I love my bigsby. Since I was a kid I would draw 6120's with a two armed bigsby. Two mirrored arms. One on the left and one on the right. Just as a cool looking thing. But, i have never seen a two armed bigsby. Why would there be one? But a while ago while watching some great b-bender stuff I thought, "what about a a two armed bigsby. With the second arm flipping up under the back of your forearm/ elbow area acting as a b-bender" ? I hope this is easy to visualize? Is this practicle? Run the b string to a separate bar? Is this Stupid? Two armed bigsby!!!!! Come on?
     
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  2. rob batz

    rob batz Gretschie

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    Interesting , I’ve actully had the same image in my mind . I know of lefties using a righty bigsby with there forearm or hand
     
  3. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    You'd need to make an entire new unit - two bars, two springs, two arms. Not un-doable, but some metal-working skills are most helpful.
     
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  4. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Electromatic

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    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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  6. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Electromatic

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    Why not? It wouldn't be for everybody. Nothing is. If it worked properly, you could make it a intricle part of your playing. Learning how much of your arm to use for certain effects. It could be way cool. It's a stylistic thing. Just like the Tele player who gets way into it with the more standard version and makes it part of his sound. Becoming a master of the physical mechanics of it. I think it could be a great thing for the people who really get it.
     
  7. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    I like your creativity... must be the wisdom that comes from being from Kansas City!

    Who says the proposed second arm (coming off the top of the unit) has to have a exact same style arm as the traditional? Maybe that could be more of a pad shape, that you could lean the palm of your strumming had into as needed, as opposed to reaching for the other handle. I would imagine this new device being fixed, leaving the other traditional arm as a swivel.

    We've got some creative Photoshoppers on this site... let's see some mock-ups!
     
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  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    There's no technical reason why you couldn't. Have split shafts, and a different arm on each. If you were fancy enough with your hands, you could raise the pitch on one string or set of strings and lower it on others. Start in one chord, and end in another. You could do some cool things with it.
     
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  9. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    I want one with a straw attached so I can slurp cherry cokes WHILE shimmering chords.
     
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  10. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Electromatic

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    That's what I'm saying!!!!
     
  11. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Electromatic

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    Amazing possibilities
     
  12. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    There's something primal in this request. Kind of goes along with a king-kong chest beating yell.
     
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  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Not commercially. I think I may have seen a one-off though. Didn’t study it though, cause I was to disgusted with having the same idea a decade before.
     
  14. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Two armed Bigsby? Sure!
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    But why settle for two arms when you can have six...
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    Or how about one arm and one pedal (the rare vintage pedal-actuated Bigsby B-bende)...
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  15. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Electromatic

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    And a third arm to
    That's awesome!!!!!!! Wow. Having it right under the bridge is an amazing idea. I still want the elbow/ forearm bar. But I love this
     
  16. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Paul Pigat shares the B-bender
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  17. Echocat23

    Echocat23 Electromatic

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    I love this and want one. But I still want the second arm!!!! And I love my Billy brain and can you put a reverse delay on the mystery brain? And how much should I pay to have a 2000 ssugr refretted? Thanks for all your work.
     
  18. dbirchett

    dbirchett Gretschie

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  19. dbirchett

    dbirchett Gretschie

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    You can also get a Bowden bender or multiple Bowden benders to attach to existing tailpieces:

    Such as a stop bar:

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    Strat (hardtail):

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    Tele:

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    As well as others.
     
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