New Factory Squier Tele with Bigsby

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by kderma321, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Rockabillybob

    Rockabillybob Squier-Meister

    Meanwhile, back at the Tele w/Bigsby. No more crackle and static. A few shots of Electrical Grade circuit cleaner did the trick. The Gretsch's, Dano, Casino, CV Tele Custom and others will just have to be patient. This guitar deserves some play time.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010
  2. kderma321

    kderma321 Squier Talker

    Aug 12, 2010
    does anyone know if a standard Fender pickguard will fit on this guitar. I seem to remember something about Squiers being slightly different. I may put a matte black or mint green guard on mine. How do you guys think that would look?
  3. jimbojo

    jimbojo Squier-holic

    Jun 30, 2010
    Rio Rancho, NM
    I like the idea of the mint green guard.
  4. Rockabillybob

    Rockabillybob Squier-Meister

    The mint green sure looks good on the CV Tele Custom. That might match up on the Standard. In past experiences I've found that even the Fender MIM and USA guards are not interchangeable.
  5. peskypesky

    peskypesky -----------

    Dec 19, 2009
    I was in a GC in Austin today and was psyched to find one of these Squier Teles with Bigsby. It looked like this:


    Looks gorgeous, and I love Bigsbys, so i had to try it out. the first thing i noticed was that it had a fat neck. i'm talking baseball-bat fat. which i actually really liked. it played very nicely and i also thought the guitar sounded sweet. it took every ounce of willpower to resist slapping down the credit card and taking it back to NYC with me. i'm still wondering if i made the right decision. but i need another guitar like i need a hole in my head...
  6. kevinpaul

    kevinpaul Squier-Nut

    Jan 19, 2010
    Great Heaven

    I wanted to put one on mine. What modle Bigsby is it?
  7. ratdog472

    ratdog472 Squier-holic

    Jun 17, 2010
    Austin MN
    Closest I could find is a Bigsby B5 for a tele. And the cheapest is $147 on fleabay.
  8. Bones

    Bones Squier Talker

    Sep 4, 2010
    Long Island
    Just got back from the GC in Commack, Long Island and brought this one home with me, it's a lot of guitar for $300.00

    Nice flamey neck on this one as well

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  9. Bones

    Bones Squier Talker

    Sep 4, 2010
    Long Island
    I put an MIM mint green PG on mine today. It was from an MIM 60s telecaster. It fit fine, except I had to change the control plate to an MIM one, the CII one was to wide. I suppose I could have dremeled the PG to make it fit, but I had the control plate. Looks great BTW.
  10. tjnugent

    tjnugent Squier-holic

    Can a Bigsby Tele Tremelo be set up to stay in tune? I know there are tricks when setting up one for a strat. Anyone have any experience with the Bigsby on a tele?
  11. OakvilleDave

    OakvilleDave New Member

    Where is the Bigsby Tele made? How is the neck?
  12. Bones

    Bones Squier Talker

    Sep 4, 2010
    Long Island
    It's made in Indonesia at the Cor-tek factory.

    The neck is nice, pretty thick profile, which i like because i have big hands.
  13. Roccobagadonuts

    Roccobagadonuts Dr. Squier

    Sep 8, 2010
    Just got back from GC here in Denver. And unfortunatly I didnt get to bring one of these Telecasters home with me... Even tho that was the mission when I left my house...

    They had 2 of them in stock. 1 of them had some major rattle issues with the bridge on almost any fret past the 10th or so. And at the same time the action on that guitar is already rather high as well. Leaving me to belive that specific guitar would have to have some seriously high action to get rid of the bridge rattle. Doh!

    Ok so it was then on to the other guitar... It was almost right. No rattles from the bridge. No buzzing frets. But the action was even higher then the other Tele. My worry then became if I drop the action on it am I gonna start getting major bridge rattle issues like the other guitar had...

    They said if I waited around the tech guy would show up and he could drop the action and we could see if the bridge rattle appeared. I waited around about 40 minutes for him to show up and when he did he told the GC guy who had been dealing with me that the guitar was already set up about as low as it can go...

    Which was rather laughable to say the least as the bridge saddles were pretty much raised up as far as they could go... The guy who was dealing with me then did a quick truss rod adjustment himself in an effort to lower the action. Which did seem to work rather well as it seemed the action was then a lot better. But of course then the guitar was buzzing like crazy on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th frets... UGGG!!! I gave up and left. With no Tele Bigsby in tow. Lame...

    Now im left with 2 options. Go buy the guitar and mess around with it myself to see if the guitar will buzz and rattle with a lower action. And then return it if I cant get it right... Or just give up and forget the dream... Which at the moment is the direction im leaning. Doh!
  14. tjnugent

    tjnugent Squier-holic

    I played one at Guitar Center a couple of days ago and It seems like they picked one of the very low end guitars to put the Bigsby on it. Maybe it was the strings being dead or me being used to the Classic Vibe series, but I didn't care much for the guitar. Though with new strings and a good setup, I am sure it would be fine. I have not met a bad Squier yet. Only ones that need some TLC. The Bigsby's are very expensive and that is a heck of a price for a Squier with one installed on it.

    One thing I did like about the Bigsby on the Squier was when I do a double bend with one note being stationary, the stationary note did not go flat like most tremelo systems. This is probably one of the better systems for any guitar on the market. I was tempted to buy it, but I have to stop myself from doing that. I am an impulse shopper.. lol I think that those who did bring one home are very lucky. Not sure if this is a one off deal or something that is going to continue. I heard it was only for GC.
  15. Bones

    Bones Squier Talker

    Sep 4, 2010
    Long Island
    It's too bad, these seem to be hit or miss. Mine is awesome in every way.
  16. regularslinky

    regularslinky Squier Talker

    Sep 13, 2010
    I played one of these today at GC and I'm gassing pretty badly - actually, that's how I found this forum.

    The one I played was well set up - action a little high (and crappy strings) but no buzzing and no fretting out. It stayed in tune even after using the Bigsby. The neck felt a little thin to me, but I'm used to my MIM Esquire which has a big neck. The guy there told me CAR only.

    I do not need a new guitar, in fact I could stand to lose a couple, but I may jump at this one.
  17. peskypesky

    peskypesky -----------

    Dec 19, 2009
    weird. the one i played in Austin had a fat neck.
  18. Roccobagadonuts

    Roccobagadonuts Dr. Squier

    Sep 8, 2010
    "It's too bad, these seem to be hit or miss. Mine is awesome in every way."

    Tell me about it... Its a great looking guitar. And at 300 bucks new a really good deal as well... If its right...

    We have 3 different Guitar Centers here in the Denver metro area but only 1 store recieved these guitars. And the 2 they got seem to be total duds... Doh! Altho I guess 1 of them has potential and could be made to be right. But you would have to buy the guitar and then attempt to fix it to even know if it could be a winner or not... Talk about a pain in the a$$... Ive decided to hold out for now and see if the other 2 guitar centers here get any of these in. So far neither store says they show any of them being shipped to them. Hopefully that will end up changing tho. Doesnt look good tho...
  19. horax

    horax Dr. Squier

    Aug 9, 2010
    colorado springs
    Went in to gc here in colo spgs and saw one, too. It was beautiful, but I didn't have the cash. Instead I ordered the white on white affinity strat.
  20. Rockabillybob

    Rockabillybob Squier-Meister

    I took my Bigsby equipped Squier Tele out and used it for a gig 9/11. (I play in a duo. Partner plays an acoustic 12 string, I switch back and forth between acoustic and electric depending on the song.) I really like the pickups. Lots of jangle and some big time twang and growl on the strings closest to the nose. I don't know what these pickups are, but I like 'em. I also slipped a penny under the vibrato spring to give the arm a little more play. A whole lotta guitar for $300.
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