Anyone fitted a Bigsby on a Epiphone Broadway

Carl1955

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Dear forum members, I have a 2000 MIK Epiphone Broadway that sounds and plays just wonderfull.
I would like to install a Bigsby on it, but I am wondering if it would change the tone (sound) in a negative way.
Made some research, I would have to replace the original floating bridge with a roller bridge.

Anyone here put a Bigsby on their Broadway?

Thanks in advance.
Best regards, Carl.
 

LtDave32

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Epiphone Broadway..

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Nice guitar.

A lot of Bigsby installs of years ago included the Sorkin bridge, which was an aluminum version of what you have there.

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I have one on a home made Ric 325 with a Bigsby B5. It causes no problems.

That being said, all vibratos are just better with a roller bridge. And there's the idea that if your bridge is rosewood, the back and forth movement of it might wear down the saddles. So it indeed might behoove you to replace the bridge.

A Bigsby B7 would be a natural fit for that. In fact, I think it would look pretty damn good.

You might lose a bit of acoustic tone with such a heavy item fixed to the top, but not that much.
 

Carl1955

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Hi Dave, excuses for my late reply,.
Yes, it is a great guitar.
I will order a Bigsby B7 with a roller bridge.
Will take a few days, a close relative died yesterday from heart failure.

Thanks again, I will report back.

Best regards,
Carl.
 

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Please don't! If you must put a Bigsby on it, the correct model is a B6. The B7 is intended for thinline guitars like a 335 or Casino, where the bridge is mounted directly to the top. The Broadway has a raised bridge base, so will work with a B6, without the tension bar of the B7 (plus you won't have to drill holes in the top). This means less friction and fewer moving parts, so you may not need the roller bridge. I have a number of Bigsby-equipped guitars, and none has or needs a roller bridge. In fact, I have found roller bridges to be massive tone-suckers, adding rattles and reducing sustain.

If the bridge slots are cut correctly for the strings you use, you should be fine with a B6 and the existing bridge. If you decide a bridge replacement is warranted, a much better solution is the Tru Arc Serpentune, which is a solid rocking bar bridge available in several metals and glass, each with its own tonal properties.
 
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