The Lost Bigsby models…

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Tele295, Sep 15, 2021.

  1. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    How come you never see Bigsby B4 or B9?

    There’s gotta be more to the story than B3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 16 at random

    Kalamazoo series, not Lightning (import) series
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2021
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  2. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Good question!

    Apparently the B2 was a Guild-branded variation on the B6, and the B9 was a Guild-branded B7. Not sure about the B4.
  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Slightly irrelevant but boss rarely have a 1 -Ds-1 and ch-1 being exceptions. Apparently they found people would wait for the 2: bd-2 etc.
  4. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    Boss also does not do "4" in Japan, its bad luck.
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  5. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    @Wayne Gretschzky
  6. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    except the PQ-4 and I’m sure there’s one other. Neither of which sold.
  7. DennisC

    DennisC Country Gent

    May 11, 2017
    Chanel No.5 usually is the only one in the row, too. There just aren't all numbers in use, it seems, some for a reason, some without.

    Sometimes, numbers also are a code of some of the item's properties.

    Sometimes, cars have weird names, too ... Toyota France didn't sell too much MR-2, it is said (although I doubt who was interested in one cared too much...).
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  8. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    So this is a B2, huh? You know, I've had this thing for 20+ years and never knew exactly what to call it! Now I do - thanks!

  9. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    That's fascinating - just looked it up in Wiki. Worth the read.
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  10. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Gretschie

    May 18, 2020
    I want to see a Bigsby B16b - like a B16 with all the extra junk cut off, so you could use it with just about any plank guitar (other than something like an offset).
  11. KaHOnas

    KaHOnas Electromatic

    And what's with this WD-40 stuff? Where are the first 39?
  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    It stands for Water Displacement, 40th formula. First one that worked.
    Originally used by NASA to keep the Mercury era rockets drier.

    Just like Preparation H. A thru G didn't work.
    We have A-1 Sauce. Did it right the first time, so they didn't need B-2.
  13. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    I pitched that to Bigsby at the NAMM show a few years ago, and was shot down pretty quick.

    We might get a different answer now that Fender owns Bigsby, especially since a B16 chop is so perfect for a Telecaster.
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  14. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    So, guitarcheologists, we have accounted for:

    B2 Guildsby B6
    B3 standard short body
    B4 ?
    B5 flat horseshoe with string retainer bar
    B6 standard large body
    B7 B3 + string retainer bar
    B8 ?
    B9 Guildsby B7
    B10 ?
    B11 - oval cut
    B12 - oval cut with retainer bar
    B16 - telecaster housing
  15. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    Its a Guildsby
  16. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I for one would certainly love it if they offered a factory chopped B16.

    So a somewhat related yet tangential question:
    Will the Guildsbys accept replacement Bigsby arms w/o modification?

    I could test this myself but if anyone knows already it'd be great not to have to :)
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  17. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    I think on the old ones, the parts are probably compatible. I won’t venture a guess on the new Guildsby models without knowing where they are made.

    ***Edit - the new Guildsbys on the Newark Collection models are import models. Search your replacement parts accordingly
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2021
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  18. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    "Guitarcheologists" is my new favourite word.

    We can also add the B3C, B3G, B6C, and B6G: V-cut Gretsch-branded B3s and B6es in chrome and gold, respectively.
  19. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Given the fact that Guildsbys were given a separate model number, eg, B2 instead of B6, I wonder if our beloved v-cuts actually belong to some of our mystery models?
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  20. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    That’s hysterical…..:D
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