Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro vs Black Beauty 3

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The BB3 is an awesome guitar... I am currently in the process of rewiring and repupping mine to make it even more awesome. Already added a Bigsby, roller bridge and tronical tuners... when the rewiring is done it will be AMAZING!

I don't really like the stock pups in either, so if you are considering changing them I would go with the BB3... if you are planning to keep it stock the CP Burstbuckers are probably a little better than the BB3 alnicos...
Can you post pics once you finish? :D
 

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If you want an Epi BB3 w/ a bigsby... there are a few of these out there with factory bigsby's.


Mine is a 97. It even has a volute on the neck.


I found this one on a local Craig's List. I could only find one or two other BB3's w/ factory bigsby on Google Images, so I am assuming these are few and far between. I have also seen a few other standards w/ the factory bigsby... I wonder why they use b5's instead of b7's on the older epis.
 

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If you want an Epi BB3 w/ a bigsby... there are a few of these out there with factory bigsby's.


Mine is a 97. It even has a volute on the neck.


I found this one on a local Craig's List. I could only find one or two other BB3's w/ factory bigsby on Google Images, so I am assuming these are few and far between. I have also seen a few other standards w/ the factory bigsby... I wonder why they use b5's instead of b7's on the older epis.
What's the difference between the Epiphone Bigsby and the B7 Bigsby?
 

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What's the difference between the Epiphone Bigsby and the B7 Bigsby?
This seems to be either a b5 or b50 that was manufactured for Epi. Usually, the b5's are for flat top guitars... Apparently, the epi is flat enough for it. I don't have a b7, so I have never directly compared the two.
Here are pics I found on google.

 

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I went for the B7 with the Vibramate V7-LP Adapter so that I could install it without drilling, and I can remove it (go back to the original bridge and tailpiece) if I want to at any time. A more non-invasive installation as opposed to the B5...
 

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I went for the B7 with the Vibramate V7-LP Adapter so that I could install it without drilling, and I can remove it (go back to the original bridge and tailpiece) if I want to at any time. A more non-invasive installation as opposed to the B5...
I'll go with the B7 with the Vibramate V7-LP. :thumb:
 

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I'll go with the B7 with the Vibramate V7-LP. :thumb:
If I had a BB3 w/a standard stop bar and t.o.m. bridge, I would also go this rout.

I figured I would let people know that there are a few of these out there. They don't even mention the Bigsby on the Epiphonewiki. I can't imagine the stock bigsby will add $ value during resale, so you could save $150 or so on the Bigsby and Vibramate.
 


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