Bigsby on an Affinity Tele? Anyone here done it?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by squierTony, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Thinking about mods to my newest acquisition and a bigsby (or cheap imitation of one) came to mind so I started looking into it with not much luck. Any of you mad modders out there done it?
     
  2. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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  3. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic

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    A friend of mine did this a few years ago, and passed away right after I bought it from him.My favorite, and only relic. image.jpeg
     
  4. Jmv668

    Jmv668 Squier-Nut

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    Use google and youtube is full of examples
     
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  5. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Squier-Meister

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    Easy to do it. I didn’t, but made a DIY partscaster one. Right here...
    Have Fun!
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  6. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    You guys have to remember that the bridge length
    is different on a affinity it's not the same as a normal telecaster
     
  7. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert

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    I'm not into "relics" at all. But that to me is an absolutely GORGEOUS guitar!

    -don
     
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  8. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert

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    Okay, a fair enough question.

    A Tele is a Tele is a Tele. And yes that is just what an Affinity is.

    Early Affinities did not have string-thru bodies -- the strings attached to the otherwise fairly typical bolted on Tele bridge/PUP tailpiece. For adding a Bigsby this was a small advantage is only because you'd no longer have unused 'holes' going thru the guitar.

    And .... no small thing to some of us -- the lighter because it is thinner body would make it more "Tele" like in weight after the Bigsby hardware was all in place.

    IOW, to my mind an Affinity is a great choice for the Bigsby mod.

    -don
     
  9. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Squier-Meister

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    I would change the bridge to something better for bigsby...
     
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  10. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Bubba mod maybe? I'm looking at a few bridges that could possibly work.
     
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  11. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier

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    I think you will have a bit of work retrofitting the bridge - I imagine the back mounting screw holes from the Affinity bridge will end up exposed when you install the Bigsby bridge? Cant tell if the new bridge would cover the old holes or not :confused:

    a Vintera Body w/ Bigsby, for comparison on the placement -

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  12. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Heres a couple I found that might work but the BSB tele would have to have something different done with the saddles right? Could you run the strings out the back to the Bigsby? ho5fydzlixi2lytcdqlp.jpg 3976-bd8860dc83e2c4976846914a0ec778b0.jpg
     
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  13. Jmv668

    Jmv668 Squier-Nut

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    C’mon is a telecaster a piece of wood with strings i have one and could put one easily.
    A tele is a tele.
     
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  14. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

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    I don't think that would work. I think you'd need to just get a new bridge that was more compatible with the Bigsby or at least one that didn't need the strings to pass through it before getting to the saddles.
     
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  15. Jmv668

    Jmv668 Squier-Nut

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    The second bridge or a roller one is what you need. You need low friction to stay in tune.
     
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  16. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier

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    The back ridge of the Affinity bridge plate will likely hit the strings -- you could notch it so it would work like this Callaham bridge does..

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  17. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Squier-Meister

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    Most recommended bridge for bigsby is a roller bridge! Just to reduce friction.
    Of course it can work with any kind of, well greased and so on...
     
  18. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    You obviously don't see the issue that is going on here. Have you ever even held an affinity tele in your hands? I didn't think so or you would know what we're talking about.
     
  19. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Squier-Nut

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    notch the back of the ashtray bridge

    screw the bigsby to the body

    string it up

    tis' only wood and wire
     
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  20. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
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    No matter what bridge you use, the height of the bridge/saddles will be much higher than they are now to tension the system, and get proper break angle at the saddle. You’re likely going to have to shim the neck to compensate.
     
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