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Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars  Chrome 

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Everything you need to fit a Bigsby True Vibrato to your Telecaster and similar flattop-body guitars. Kit includes: Bigsby Tailpiece, screws, tensio...Click To Read More About This Product

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Everything you need to fit a Bigsby True Vibrato to your Telecaster and similar flattop-body guitars. Kit includes: Bigsby Tailpiece, screws, tension spring, plastic washer, alignment string,and installation Instructions.

Los Angeles. Late 1940s. A love of motorcycles brings together genius engineer Paul Bigsby and music legend Merle Travis. Their friendship inspired Paul to create the first Bigsby True Vibrato Tailpiece. He went on to design a series of Vibratos that rocked the music world. Still the original. Hand Crafted. Sand Cast. Hand Polished. The same way Paul did.

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BigsbyB5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Functional (4)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (3)

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5.0

Quality Product

By Ozzy

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars:

    Well thought out design. Bridge is patterned after Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster bridges and allows individual string intonation. Requires precise drilling of saddle post holes. Downside--no template came with kit for drilling the post holes. Another problem is the screws sent with the kit are domed head so the saddle plate is elevated off the bridge plate. I had to set individual saddles at lowest settings and strings action was still a little high. Went to hardware store and got 3 stainless flathead wood screws for underneath the saddle plate. Able to adjust string action perfectly now. Sounds and works great. Recommend professional install unless you know what you are doing.

     
    5.0

    Great upgrade for Squire Affinity Tele

    By JD

    from NJ

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Looks Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • anything you use your guitar for

      Comments about Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars:

      The Bigsby has always been a favorite of mine. I have installed 2. One on my new Studio Les Paul Gibson and now on my Squire Affinity Telecaster.
      It takes a little craftsmanship but nothing that can't be done on your own.
      I followed the directions as well as You Tube sites and no problem. works great and looks great.
      Make sure you check what type of bridge you you have on your tele. so as to know what kit to buy. In some cases you do not need to replace the bridge and all you need is the Bigsby B-5 on its own.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This thing is awesome!

      By JCout25

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars:

          If you have an ashtray style bridge plate, get the Vibromate that way you don't have to drill into your guitar. I have a 6 saddle bridge plate so it required me to drill into my baby. If you take your time and can use a drill, it's not a big deal. Just remember to measure twice!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gives My Tele A Semi-Hollow Sound

          By White Dog

          from Iowa

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          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Hollow Sound Solid Body
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • Tricky To Install

          Best Uses

          • All Things Melodic

          Comments about Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars:

          Five stars for this one!
          Sure, I put "expensive" and "difficult to install" down as 'Cons'...but just being honest.
          Listen...if you have a steady hand, common sense, patience, and perseverance (not to mention proper tools)...you can watch an instructional video on YouTube, and install this thing yourself. If not; like others have said, let a pro do it (at a cost). I installed mine myself and enjoyed the project---not to mention end result.
          I started with a Squire Standard Telecaster (purchased right here on MF), and liked the guitar, but wanted to modify the heck out of it. Always loved the look of a Bigsby, so I bought one and put it on. I was AMAZED at how much difference it made in sound. It literally turned a solid body guitar into a Thinline or Semi-Hollow.
          Everyone that see's my modified Tele LOVES the looks...then they hear and/or play the thing, and are even further blown away.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          From Rock Guitar to Rock Solid Guitar

          By TeleForever2010

          from Sandpoint, ID

          Comments about Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars:

          The Bigsby is one of the finest add-ons I have on my instrument. Not only does it provide the tremolo a Telecaster so badly needs, but it broadens, lengthens, and smooths the tone. Tired of extreme twang? Add a Bigsby. You'll still have the signature Telecaster twang, but instead of a piercing stab, it's a glorious chime. Beyond that, this thing just looks flippin' rad. If you wanna impress the babes, I can't think of a better way than a hunkin' piece of chrome metal. If you don't know anything about drilling, hire a pro. If you do, go for it. Just be patient and precise. This upgrade is well worth the money and well worth the time. Also, I would recommend buying a set of locking tuners to help keep the guitar in crystal clear tune - the Bigsby can make tuning more difficult with regular tuners. I use Sperzels, and I've never looked back. Happy strumming!

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Add-on

          By Kentucky Picker

          from Kentucky

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          Comments about Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars:

          Really adds a new range of sounds to your Telecaster. Great for anyone who enjoys rockabilly and surf style effects. The only downside is that it does take a major modification to your guitar.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome upgrade but with a hassle

          By Kathleen Turner Overdrive

          from Alabama

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          Comments about Bigsby B5 Telecaster Vibrato Kit - Telecaster and Similar Flat Top Solid Body Guitars:

          I would highly recommend if you by this product to have it installed by a local shop or go out and buy the recommended drill bits and use a drill press to be precise. Gives it that awesome twang I was looking for without having to buy a Strat. Ah yes and if you don't have the patience, get it strung up when you have it installed by the pros.

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