Install Licensed Bigsby B60 on G2420

NewbieBob

Electromatic
Jul 18, 2020
34
New York City
I got a beautiful Brooklyn Burst G2420 for Christmas and I'm absolutely loving it. I stayed away from the T version with the licensed B60 Bigsby because of the 'numerous enough' comments about tuning issues. But now I'm rethinking and wondering how much of a task it is to retrofit the B60 on to the guitar.
Does it require drilling? It looks like the bottom screw hole of the existing bridge might be exposed because the hinge piece that screws into the side of the guitar is longer that the B60.
Thoughts?
 

Sid Nitzerglobin

Country Gent
Jun 8, 2015
3,867
fROMOHIO
I'm w/ the return/exchange as the best option too if it's still available.

That being said, I'm guessing worst case scenario you may be looking at drilling new holes for the B60 hinge (usually you can center them up on the holes for the existing tailpiece) & either filling the originals or just leaving them as is (probably the route I'd go since I rarely wind up seeing the end of my guitars & any risk of leaving them is fairly negligible in most cases).
 

NewbieBob

Electromatic
Jul 18, 2020
34
New York City
Returning is not an option at this stage. Besides, I love the color. It's a really beautiful guitar.
So, once you drill and screw the tailpiece down, does the rest of the B60 just stay down by the string pressure? Nothing else to do?
 

mrcoffee23

Gretschie
Sep 23, 2009
416
Virginia, USA
Yes. If you remove the strings and tilt the guitar forward, the B60 turns into a free-swingin' threat to everything around it.

You will need to make sure it sits flat to the top before mounting the far left and right screws, as they may end up being slightly off kilter to have it lay flat, depending on the curvature of the top.
 

Randy99CL

Country Gent
Feb 17, 2020
1,920
Albuquerque
Yes, you'll have to drill a few small holes to fit the B60, not a big deal if you're careful and precise.

Then the Bigsby has a felt pad on the bottom where it rests on the guitar top.
 

Henry

I Bleed Orange
Apr 9, 2014
18,350
Petaluma
I've never tried a B60 or B30 (licensed), but some prefer the B6 and B3 (Bigsby made). I prefer the V-cut aesthetically which is only available for the B6 and B3. I believe the main and perhaps only real difference are the bushings in the roller.
 

mrcoffee23

Gretschie
Sep 23, 2009
416
Virginia, USA
I did try a B3 on my 5448 and discovered that the Bigsby wouldn't sit properly on top given the curvature of the body. I ended up installing a B7 because I was able to get a better flat fit across the top.
May be an import Jet issue, but the top on mine was not radiused for a B3.
 

Lockupyourfatdog

Synchromatic
Aug 8, 2016
923
Everett wa
I have two 2420s that originally didn’t come with bigsbys and I installed them. I got them that way on purpose because I planned to put pro bigsbys on them anyway so might as well save a couple bucks on the guitar. Super easy replacement. I had to redrill mine and the bigsby did cover the holes.
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this is one of my 2420s. It was a Brooklyn burst now it’s a hellburst!
 

Lockupyourfatdog

Synchromatic
Aug 8, 2016
923
Everett wa
Lockup . . . Which model Bigsby did you install on your 2420? Is it just called a Pro Bigsby or does it have a model #?
BTW, not for nuthin', but you're a wild man with that paint job : )
That one is a b6c but the black center was sanded out and the handle was replaced with a Duane Eddie handle. Also a highly recommended mod. I recently sold this one.....
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it was a 2420 with out a bigsby also. I put a Gretsch bigsby b6 on it.
Tuning won’t be an issue if you stretch the strings property and tie them off at the tuning peg. The less rotation around the peg the better.
 

ALS57

Gretschie
Jun 17, 2019
285
London
I retro fitted a bigsby with no issues. If it's any help... other great mods were kluson tuners and a zero fret with no tuning issues. Huge improvements were Fletcher filtertrons and the excellent DB guitars bridge which transformed my 2420 to another level. IMG_20210228_084836.jpg IMG_20210228_085054.jpg IMG_20210228_085101.jpg IMG_20210228_085132.jpg
 
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wildeman

I Bleed Orange
May 10, 2015
15,994
norcal
It's slightly harder than changing strings to put a B6 on that guitar, added about 15 minutes to a string change when i put one on my uncle's 2420.
 


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