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Hi there guys,

 

Does anyone have experience of using a Bigsby B3 on a Casino? I've had a couple with B7's fitted which I liked very much but I'd like the option of returning to a trapeze without leaving screw holes in the top.

 

Here's my Casino

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An old pic, the guy I bought it from took it but you get the idea.

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Hi there guys,

 

Does anyone have experience of using a Bigsby B3 on a Casino? I've had a couple with B7's fitted which I liked very much but I'd like the option of returning to a trapeze without leaving screw holes in the top.

No experience with a B3, but am totally happy with the B7 on my Elitist:

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That said, I have NO plans to return to the trapeze tailpiece.

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A B3 will certainly be the way to go if you want to return to the original tailpiece.

 

I've not used myself, but I'd say make sure you've got plenty of felt and rubber to place under the unit, so it doesn't press against the finish and will spread the pressure applied more evenly; less chance of breaking the top.

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My Epiphone Sorrento (90's reissue) is virtually the same design as the Casino, and came with a B3. It is not ideal, because the break angle over the bridge is still low. When I got the guitar, it had light strings (.010's, I think), and the strings pulled out of the bridge slots with heavy vibrato or bends. Since changing to .011's, though, it is much better.

 

A B6 or B60 will NOT work well on a Casino, because the B6 is designed for floating bridges on a wooden base. The Casino bridge is mounted directly into the top, so the break angle is very low.

 

The B7/B70 was specifically designed for thinline archtops with mounted bridges, and will give you the best results. A B3/B30 can work, but only if you use heavier strings (at least .011's) and set the bridge for a higher action.

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A B6 or B60 will NOT work well on a Casino, because the B6 is designed for floating bridges on a wooden base. The Casino bridge is mounted directly into the top, so the break angle is very low.

 

While I agree that the B6 was designed for a floating bridge, it has been done with ABR types. It depends on the set angle/height of the neck in relation to the top. Parabar is correct in that there needs to be enough break angle at the bridge.

 

Have you considered a Vibrola type? They do however require two smaller screws on the top.

 

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Calling an ES-125TDC (Sorrento) and an ES-330TD (Casino) virtually the same is kind of a stretch. A bit like saying the same of a 727-200 and 737-800, really. Sure, they're both Boeing products, sure they've both got the same nose and cross-section, but...

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