Replacing Teisco Bigsby with actual Bigsby...

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by dlew919, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Could you help me work out how to do this?

    It's a thin line hollow body. It was identified as a Teisco by a member at the TDPRI some years back.

    To replace with a Bigsby, what factors do I need to be aware of? Neck Radius? Nut Width? Scale length?

    It has Gretsch style pickups - they're not gretsches - I think they're copies of Dynas? (the single coils - they look like Filtertron's but not Humbuckers.) The pickups might need replacing - I have to fix the jack first.

    I'll post a photo or two as soon as I can.

    Is it worth it?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What's wrong with the original Tiesco Bigsby
     
  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    The handle has broken off …
     
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would try and hunt one down and keep it as original as possible .. but thats me
     
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  5. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    You may be able to just change the handle to a Bigsby, but to answer your question, radius, scale length and whatnot dont come into play when selecting a Bigsby, main concerns are, archtop or flat, is there room for it behind the bridge, is the bridge tall enough for a non tension bar model or does it need one? B3,B6 are non tension short and long models, B5, B7 are tension bar models with the B5 for a flat top and the B7 for archtop.
     
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    @Wayne Gretschzky is an expert when it comes to Bigsby's . Perhaps he could shed some light
     
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  7. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I remember @hcsterg did a Teisco a while back too.
     
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I know forum member DrumBob is a big fan too but has not been on the forum in years
     
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  9. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Ooh, I would be pleased if I found any Lefty Teisco - my favourite being the model Spectrum :rolleyes: - but unfortunately, no, @wildeman... I never had any Teisco ! :(

    @dlew919 : please post pictures - we may be able to help you further... ;)

    A+!
     
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  10. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I’d love to but I can’t find anything like this… pictures later today.
     
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  11. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    image.jpg There’s the guitar.


    image.jpg There’s the tailpiece.
     
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  12. Groutsch

    Groutsch Synchromatic

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    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    There's a fun-looking project! Any idea what the pickups sound like?
     
  13. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    It’s been years. As far as I can remember ‘clean’ and ‘crisp’ would not be accurate descriptors. But I played it when I was just starting out through a crappy amp I can’t even remember and knew nothing about getting good tone. So I don’t really know.
     
  14. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    @dlew919 : I'm sure that you may find the missing original part... These guitars were generic, as their vibrato, and offered in multiple Japanese import brands.

    A+!
     
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  15. Jerzey Bob

    Jerzey Bob Synchromatic

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