Just installed a Bigsby on my Epi Dot Deluxe!

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  1. Burstbucker

    Burstbucker Member

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    I installed a Bigsby B70 on my Epiphone Dot Deluxe last week and I didn't like the leftover holes where the tailpiece used to be, so here's what I came up with.

    Looks great IMHO and total cost is under a buck!

    I went to Home Depot a couple of days ago found some black rounded plastic caps in this section of the hardware store.

    These little black plastic caps kind of have a bottle cap shape, at first I was going to try to glue these things right over the metal tailpiece bushings but they weren't quite large enough but it was sooooooo close.

    Then I got the bright idea to fit these plastic caps right over the old threaded mounting studs for the tailpiece. Fit perfectly!

    So what I did was cut off the tops of these threaded mounting studs and all that remained was the threaded part and the round flange where the threads stop.

    I then mixed up some 5 minute epoxy and slopped some into the inside of these little plastic caps, then I pushed the flange end of the mounting studs into them and let it set for a while.

    What I ended up with a really slick looking bolt with plastic cap on the end. They look store bought. When I screwed these into place I knew that I had a winner, much better then leaving the unused bushings messing up the look or putting on a lamacoid plate saying "Custom Made".

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  2. captain tightpants

    captain tightpants Banned

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    Cool! I did something similar with mine, just picked up some metal plugs at the hardware store!

    I just pulled the stop tailpiece studs out, tho. They come out a lot easier than you think.

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  3. Burstbucker

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    Now that does look nice, good work!:thumb:
     
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    Very nice. Now you need a roller bridge on that mutt! :naughty:
     
  5. Burstbucker

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    You know something? I've yet to have any problems with the tuning on my guitar with this Bigsby mounted there, I do go pretty easy on it though, more of a nice understated subtle thing, that's what I like.
     
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    captain tightpants Banned

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    I don't have any tuning problems with mine either, still has the stock bridge.

    That G-400, on the other hand, does have a roller bridge and the B-50 on it has since been moved back. Tuning issues galore with that thing, but it's good now even under Niel Young-level bar-wanking.

    I love the color on your Dot, Burstbucker, very nice!
     
  7. Burstbucker

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    Thanks captain tightpants,(love the username BTW :D)

    Yeah, it was the top-of-the-line Epi Dot at that time I think(2002-2003) and it felt like a quality axe when I tried it out. It now has a Gibson '57 Classic in the neck position and a '57 Classic+ in the bridge position and now with this Bigsby, she's a lot of fun and sounds great too. I'd like to get a bone nut installed some day, then that should do it.

    Looking at the photo of your guitar certainly makes one gas profusely! That's got to be a Gibson, judging by the shape of the pickguard? Tell us about it.
     
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    Nope, not a Gibson, just a regular Epi Dot, a 2002. Kept it stock for quite a while, eventually swapped out to a 57 Classic in the neck an a Seth Lover in the bridge, and replaced the wiring with CTS pots and orange drop caps. Swapped out the black plastic for cream on a whim, decided I liked it that way.

    The pickguard actually IS a Gibson USA Les Paul, but I hate it, it's really pink. Just been too lazy to find a better!
     
  9. Burstbucker

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    Well, that is a sweet looking axe.:thumb:

    These Epi Dots are just great once you upgrade them a little.
     
  10. jonesy

    jonesy GLOBAL WIRING GURU MLP Vendor

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    Nice pics guys, and good job with the installs. Great now you got me wanting to put a Bigsby on my next Tele project :laugh2::naughty:
     
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    The guitar shop up the street has a Japanese tele with a Bigsby-style bridge. Its the first tele to really grab my attention in a long time. Its gorgeous.
     
  12. tolm

    tolm Bigsby Junkie Premium Member

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    Did someone say "Tele with Bigsby"?

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