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Bigsby B7 vs. B70 - HELP!!!


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OK, here's my dilemma: A guy wants to sell a brand new, never installed GOLD Bigsby for $85. Says it's a B7. Seems like a really good deal, but then turns out it's a B70. The B7 is the classic with the raised lettering, made in USA, and sells for around $200 (street price, in gold). The B70 is the Korean-made version, silk-screened lettering, sells for around $150 (street price, in gold). Apparently they both work equally as well, but the B7 has that old-school classic vibe, and the B70 really doesn't look much different to anybody but propeller-head guitar nerds like me.

 

http://www.bigsbyguitars.com/products_b7g.html

http://www.bigsbyguitars.com/products_b70g.html

 

So my question: is $85 for a like-new GOLD B70 still a no-brainer? I have an MIJ Sheraton II natural/gold to put it on.

 

Thanks, I never make such life-altering decisions without the advice of this forum.

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OK' date=' here's my dilemma: A guy wants to sell a brand new, never installed GOLD Bigsby for $85. Says it's a B7. Seems like a really good deal, but then turns out it's a B70. The B7 is the classic with the raised lettering, made in USA, and sells for around $200 (street price, in gold). The B70 is the Korean-made version, silk-screened lettering, sells for around $150 (street price, in gold). Apparently they both work equally as well, but the B7 has that old-school classic vibe, and the B70 really doesn't look much different to anybody but propeller-head guitar nerds like me.

 

http://www.bigsbyguitars.com/products_b7g.html

http://www.bigsbyguitars.com/products_b70g.html

 

So my question: is $85 for a like-new GOLD B70 still a no-brainer? I have an MIJ Sheraton II natural/gold to put it on.

 

Thanks, I never make such life-altering decisions without the advice of this forum.[/quote']

 

There is a difference in construction. The USA models are sand cast like the original, the imports are die cast. I have both on various guitars, both seem to work fine. $85 for a like-new GOLD B70 is a good price, I'm not sure if the gold will wear as well as the USA models. Or versa-visa.

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Jerrymac, thanks for the input. BTW, nice studio! Is that a Barney Kessel on the right?

 

Twang, yeah I think you're right. I'd really rather have a USA B7, but on a Sheraton II it's probably overkill. All the gold wears off on those things anyway.

 

Thanks,

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  • 3 years later...

I just put a B7 on my 2006 Les Paul Standard with the Vibramate mounting plate, it attaches to the original threaded stop bar studs. I can put it back to original if I want. The first one I put on was quite crooked so I bought another one that was less crooked so I kept that one and returned the first one. Apparently the sand casting makes for some discrepancies. I bet the B70s being die casted are more accurate. I see Gibson is putting the B70s on their "Les Paul Traditional Bigsby"

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Traditional-Bigsby.aspx

I also used the Schaller roller bridge that Gibson uses. It works great except that it has a 14" radius instead of 12", so my D and G strings are the closest to the frets.

 

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Jerrymac, thanks for the input. BTW, nice studio! Is that a Barney Kessel on the right?

 

Twang, yeah I think you're right. I'd really rather have a USA B7, but on a Sheraton II it's probably overkill. All the gold wears off on those things anyway.

 

Thanks,

I think you are on the right track.

 

I get what you are saying about the "real deal" American vs the import, and it problably is better. I might seek the better if I had a choice, but I think import on an import is just potentailly just as good and represents good karma.

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Maybe Brian figured it out during the last 3+ years........... [lol]

lol...

 

I guess I could say I thought about it for a while, and I am finally sure about my answer.

 

No? OK...How is he doing? I haven't seen him in 3 years...

 

OK, I didn't see the thread was so old.

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