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  • Bigsby installation / Tune o matic bridge question(s) !

    Is the angle on this Bigsby installation too sharp? I don't really want to be bringing the Bisgby too much further away from the bridge, but....?



    The string isn't touching the bridge, though is pretty close to it. How much can I bring that saddle back, or is that totally dependent on intonation - I mean, how much forwards/backwards can you get away with on the intonation with a Tune O Matic?



    Thanks!








  • #2
    You don't want the string to ride on the edge of the bridge, and where the saddle sits should depend solely on intonation. That said, those Wilkinson roller bridges offer tons of clearance and a really nice solution for a close-mounted Bigsby. If you're going to stick with a traditional tune-o-matic, though, that angle is going to be preeeeeetty close.
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      Quote Originally Posted by poolshark
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      You don't want the string to ride on the edge of the bridge, and where the saddle sits should depend solely on intonation.






      Yep. I might be in the minority, but I think the downward angle on a bigsby equipped guitar should be as shallow as possible without allowing lateral drift - similar to the headstock angle.
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      • #4
        This may be a stupid question, but can you run the strings over the Bigsby in the opposite way they are now? In other words, go OVER the front fixed bar and under the back rotating bar?

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        • #5
          Yeah, I don't think I'd install it at that angle. Bigsbys are fussy enough when paired with tune-o-matics...you want a certain amount of "glide" across the saddles and with that sharp angle I'm not sure you're going to get it. The Wilkinson roller bridge suggestion is a good one.

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            Quote Originally Posted by GomezAddams1
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            This may be a stupid question, but can you run the strings over the Bigsby in the opposite way they are now? In other words, go OVER the front fixed bar and under the back rotating bar?






            it would operate backwards that way. You'd have to pull to loosen...but I'm not sure if it would actually work or not.
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              Quote Originally Posted by GomezAddams1
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              This may be a stupid question, but can you run the strings over the Bigsby in the opposite way they are now? In other words, go OVER the front fixed bar and under the back rotating bar?




              No. The bar is higher than the bridge, so the strings wouldn't even touch the bridge.

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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by GCDEF
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                No. The bar is higher than the bridge, so the strings wouldn't even touch the bridge.




                Doesn't appear to be from the pics, but hard to say.

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                  Quote Originally Posted by poolshark
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                  You don't want the string to ride on the edge of the bridge, and where the saddle sits should depend solely on intonation. That said, those Wilkinson roller bridges offer tons of clearance and a really nice solution for a close-mounted Bigsby. If you're going to stick with a traditional tune-o-matic, though, that angle is going to be preeeeeetty close.




                  Those wilky bridge work great with bigsby's. I put one on when I installed a bigsby and it works like a champ.
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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by poolshark
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                    You don't want the string to ride on the edge of the bridge, and where the saddle sits should depend solely on intonation. That said, those Wilkinson roller bridges offer tons of clearance and a really nice solution for a close-mounted Bigsby. If you're going to stick with a traditional tune-o-matic, though, that angle is going to be preeeeeetty close.




                    I like the roller bridge idea .... do I have to change the bridge posts if I do that though? Do you know if those Wilko bridges have the narrow posts (mine doesn't)

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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by tttablets
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                      I like the roller bridge idea .... do I have to change the bridge posts if I do that though? Do you know if those Wilko bridges have the narrow posts (mine doesn't)




                      It does use the narrow posts.
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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by mrbrown49
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                        It does use the narrow posts.






                        Dagnabbit. I spent too long last night jamming the posts in.

                        I do think the roller bridge is the way to go though.

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                        • #13






                          Quote Originally Posted by GomezAddams1
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                          Doesn't appear to be from the pics, but hard to say.




                          Look at the second picture.

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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by GCDEF
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                            Look at the second picture.




                            The second picture IS what I was basing my judgement off of. But in any case, I concur that rollers are the way to go.

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                              Quote Originally Posted by GomezAddams1
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                              The second picture IS what I was basing my judgement off of. But in any case, I concur that rollers are the way to go.




                              I have seen people put the strings over that bar, but I think with this guitar it'd mean raising the bridge very high, which I don't really want to do. Be a bit worried about losing sustain with that idea too...?

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