Dankas, Im glad youre digging TK Smiths Vibrato (dont call it a bigsby he doesnt like that, cuz its not haha) Its one of the smoothest I have owned. Most of your questions have been answered but something that I dont think was addressed was the saddles on a mastery bridge. Ok w the hipster..err mastery vibrato but w the bigsby..err oops, Tk Smith vibrato, the strings wear grooves into the soft material of the bridge over time especially w bigger gauge round wound strings and then they stick. THEeee reason I took the mastery ricky bridge off my dipinto. What do you think about the embiematic bridges. They are machined from alum billet unlike the crap diecast syncromatics used on the gretsch guitars, and... AND the saddle choices are through the roof and you can swap them out at will..which is FUN!! I have stove bolt saddles on mine at the moment but the military brass was a bit warmer. Also yes you will have to raise the bridge a tad bit higher if the body of the guitar is not long enough to sit the vibrato at the end. In the case of my telecaster, I did use the tk Smith shim which is perfectly sized/angled compared to the stock one that bigsby sells btw. Also I think you would love the Smith Summertone bridge pickup, yes its more of a P90 meets tele clonk than trad telecaster sound but man its so much cooler w overdrive and fuzz in my opinion..plus its got a perfect riser bezel for your set up. My tele has one of the very first versions of the CAR/Bigsby pickup so TK was making riser plates for them back then.