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Mike's Bigsby guitars

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i have seen Mike play 2 different Bigsby guitars. here is the 1st, a Bigsby model BY-50. the link below the pix will take you to the Bigsby site with more pix and details of the guitar. will post the 2nd guitar as soon as i locate the picture of him playing it and will link info on that guitar.

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http://www.bigsbyguitars.com/vibe/?page_id=71

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That was interesting, but the ones in the pictures you posted look like newer models, not the custom ones made by PA prior to selling the company to McCarty. But - I'll bet Mike's got at least one old originals.

That bird's eye maple finish is gorgeous.

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Both Bigsby guitars pictured that Mike has are re-issues. Bigsby guitar only makes a few a year and they each cost about $4k. I have the same model as Mike's in the first picture. There are a few online retailers who deal in these guitars as well. Just be prepared to pay for them. But they have a GREAT sound!!!!

Side note, Springsteen's wife Patti also plays a Bigsby re-issue guitar occasionally.

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^^ the difference is not readily apparent. Most notably is the "wood" on the body. The vintage ones are a lot darker.

Just to clarify, to my knowledge, only 6 Bigsby guitars have been documented, at least one was Merle Travis'. All of them are either in the original buyer's possession, or in a museum.

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here are a couple Bigsby guitars i found on E-Bay. i THINK they are re-issues because of price and they are just not consistant with the originals. this 1st one doesn't even have the bigsby tailpiece:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290465020702&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:1123

here is the 2nd one and it doesn't have the original tailpiece or the mahogany pickguard and other mahogany trim pieces.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360283797184&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:1123

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