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NVGD, 1953 les Paul w/bigsby

Progear

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New addition to the family,

1953 les Paul, all original except for the bigsby and added selector switch ring.. According to the previous owner the bigsby seems to have been added in the late '50's. Original tailpiece stud holes are underneath the dogbone bridge. Untouched solder joints and amazing sounds P90's. Awesome feeling '50's neck. Drove to NJ yesterday and picked her up from a member, this is the second deal I had with the seller, honest and fair... A great transaction...

She weights in at 9lbs..

Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.

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Tarcisioo

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Congratulations, what a wonderful instrument! :dude:


Are you keeping the Bigsby on her? I personally have a thing for wraparounds
 

Progear

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Congratulations, what a wonderful instrument! :dude:


Are you keeping the Bigsby on her? I personally have a thing for wraparounds

I'm thinking of keeping the bigsby for the time being... I too have a thing on wraparounds... :hmm
 

VamboRool

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I like it with the Bigsby. I would recommend getting a Vibramate for the Bigsby, makes string changes a breeze. Is there much of a shadow from the Bigsby? Nice acquisition!
 

Progear

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I like it with the Bigsby. I would recommend getting a Vibramate for the Bigsby, makes string changes a breeze. Is there much of a shadow from the Bigsby? Nice acquisition!

Thanks for the vibramate idea...i'll take a peak under the bigsby at next string change...
 

Kris Ford

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I like it with the Bigsby. I would recommend getting a Vibramate for the Bigsby, makes string changes a breeze. Is there much of a shadow from the Bigsby? Nice acquisition!

Vibramate, or String Spoiler?:hmm:peace2




Nice one Progear!
 

tooold

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Congratulations! As you can see, I like this particular combo... :dude: Mine's a reneck/refin '55, but one of the best guitars I've ever played.

It's interesting, I have a thing for wraptails as well. I added the Bigsby as an experiment, and it changed for the guitar very much for the better. Strange. The nice thing is, you can go back and forth to see which you like more.

I see the previous owner(s) had a similar problem with getting the bridge low enough. I wound up getting a custom Tru-Arc made which gives me some room to work with the height.

 
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VamboRool

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In case you haven't seen one, here's a photo. They come in nickel as well as the gold. It's placed into the Bigsby string studs and then the ball end of the strings go into the comb, similar to a Gibson Vibrato.

 

tooold

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In case you haven't seen one, here's a photo. They come in nickel as well as the gold. It's placed into the Bigsby string studs and then the ball end of the strings go into the comb, similar to a Gibson Vibrato.

That's pretty amazing - do they affect the way the Bigsby feels at all? :hmm
 

67blackcherry

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New addition to the family,

1953 les Paul, all original except for the bigsby and added selector switch ring.. According to the previous owner the bigsby seems to have been added in the late '50's. Original tailpiece stud holes are underneath the dogbone bridge. Untouched solder joints and amazing sounds P90's. Awesome feeling '50's feeling neck. Drove to NJ yesterday and picked her up from a member, this is the second deal I had with the seller, honest and fair... A great transaction...

Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.






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Congrats on the new guitar - is that some flame peeking out???
I too have a thing for wraparounds but...it's your thing, do what you wanna do!
 
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