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#1 anthonylee

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:34 AM

Needed an upgrade
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Bigsby B7 Vibrato.
Neck Pickup: Gibson Burstbucker Pro Neck Humbucker IM59A-NH 
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan SH 11 Custom Custom.
Schaller Locking Guitar Machines.
Big Bends Nut Sauce.

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#2 phil_m

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:28 AM

That looks sweet, man! Did you do all the work yourself?


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:31 AM

That is a very cool guitar. Looks great. Does the Bigsby arm get in the way of your Model Selector knob, visually if not mechanically?
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:45 AM

Love it! I have a finish blemish on my 59 that a Bigsby would cover perfect  :)


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#5 sliding_billy

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:15 AM

That is a great looking guitar.


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#6 anthonylee

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:34 PM

That looks sweet, man! Did you do all the work yourself?

Yep !


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:43 PM

That is a very cool guitar. Looks great. Does the Bigsby arm get in the way of your Model Selector knob, visually if not mechanically?

No problem just like on a Gibson LP w/ Bigsby. Playing now - i'm your captain -GFR . changes from 12 string to electric with wah.
The main problem is with sound because the JTV acoustic doesn't sound good thru my twin reverb.
But found the solution: AB box by EHX . When on 12 string change to B straight to the audio mixer. And A for electric straight to the twin reverb.
needs a bit of practice for live gigs but it works.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:04 PM

How can i fix/edit  the spelling "costom" to "custom"  It's killing me. :angry:


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:29 PM

How can i fix/edit  the spelling "costom" to "custom"  It's killing me. :angry:

 done.


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:43 AM

This is a truly beautiful guitar. One question - is it the Korean or USA model? Thanks!


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#11 anthonylee

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:53 AM

Korean.


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#12 stevef1

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:56 AM

It's awesome, did you take pics of it going on :)
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#13 anthonylee

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:37 AM

stupid me. didn't think of that.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:25 PM

Fantastic! I was thinking of adding a Bigsby or similar behind-the-bridge affair to my Korean Tobacco burst JTV59. How do you find the return to pitch with the arm when applying both a shimmy or dive-bomb?
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:46 PM

Although I was going to also try this as well: http://line6.com/sup...e/485558#485558 and wouldn't want this to affect the functionality of an installed Bigsby. Any opinions?
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#16 anthonylee

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:35 PM

Although I was going to also try this as well: http://line6.com/sup...e/485558#485558 and wouldn't want this to affect the functionality of an installed Bigsby. Any opinions?

Didn't have this problem & the reason is : Schaller Locking Guitar Machines & Big Bends Nut Sauce.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:47 PM

Didn't have this problem & the reason is : [/size]Schaller Locking Guitar Machines & [/size]Big Bends Nut Sauce.[/size]


Cool, thanks for that & enjoy your beautiful guitar!
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:06 PM

I initially saw Anthony Lees guitar at Harmony Central Forum a couple weeks ago and decided to do the same with my JTV-69

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I just finished these mods late last night, but so far I'm in love. Its one of those situation where "on paper" it appears there are too many liabilities, like managing the upper harmonic "ping" that could occur on the "non-speaking" string length between the bridge and the tailpiece - but in this case the Bigsby B7 has that additional Roller Bar that maintains a good downward pressure force on the Piezo bridge, and during my test drive late last night -All stock Variax Features and sounds work just like a stock JTV-59 - i.e. I do not hear any anomalies !

 

Modifications so far

1) Upgraded to GFS Locking Tuners $32 - these are actually from the same Asian supplier that Line 6 uses and bolt right on -
http://www.guitarfet...ome_p_1172.html

 


2) Mounted a slightly modified Bigsby B7 Tremolo Tailpiece (Ebay $107) ( inspired by Anthony Lee's JTV-59 with Bigsby)
http://www.harmonyce...360629#M4181242

To make this work with the JTV-59 , I modified the Bigsby B7 by sawing off the mount on the upper right - this conflicted with the JTV-59 Bridge.
Then I drilled a new countersunk mounting screw hole directly under the Bigsby Spring.

 

3) I'm more of a Gretsch 6120 tone freak, and prefer clean tones, so I swapped out the stock Line6 pickups for a pair of GFS Rectotron Liverpool PUs ( Ebay $50 for the pair)
 http://www.guitarfet...rome_c_125.html

 

4) Mounted the pickups to a pair of Seymour Duncan Tripleshot rings - Can choose from Series. Parallel, or select which coil is active in single coil mode.
http://www.seymourdu...riple_shot_swi/

 

Might ask why add all these magnetic coil select solutions to a JTV-59 Variax? I'm rather anal about my tone, and clean Palm Muting tone is essential for my Surf Band, and despite the progress, none of these Guitar Modelling solutions  we discuss today can duplicate the exact tone I need to achieve clean Palm Muting tone   - (think Astronauts "Baja) for the sound I use regularly  

 



5) I'm half way done with my JTV-59 Mods - Next I'll mount the Fishman Tripleplay wireless Guitar to MIDI  PU and mount the FTP controller on top of the Bigsby Logo on the tailpiece

 

http://www.vguitarfo...g62105#msg62105


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#19 anthonylee

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:06 AM

I initially saw Anthony Lees guitar at Harmony Central Forum a couple weeks ago and decided to do the same with my JTV-69

20130523_022424_zpsff90e2d6.jpg

 

20130523_022535_zps2a602406.jpg

 

 

I just finished these mods late last night, but so far I'm in love. Its one of those situation where "on paper" it appears there are too many liabilities, like managing the upper harmonic "ping" that could occur on the "non-speaking" string length between the bridge and the tailpiece - but in this case the Bigsby B7 has that additional Roller Bar that maintains a good downward pressure force on the Piezo bridge, and during my test drive late last night -All stock Variax Features and sounds work just like a stock JTV-59 - i.e. I do not hear any anomalies !

 

Modifications so far

1) Upgraded to GFS Locking Tuners $32 - these are actually from the same Asian supplier that Line 6 uses and bolt right on -
http://www.guitarfet...ome_p_1172.html

 


2) Mounted a slightly modified Bigsby B7 Tremolo Tailpiece (Ebay $107) ( inspired by Anthony Lee's JTV-59 with Bigsby)
http://www.harmonyce...360629#M4181242

To make this work with the JTV-59 , I modified the Bigsby B7 by sawing off the mount on the upper right - this conflicted with the JTV-59 Bridge.
Then I drilled a new countersunk mounting screw hole directly under the Bigsby Spring.

 

3) I'm more of a Gretsch 6120 tone freak, and prefer clean tones, so I swapped out the stock Line6 pickups for a pair of GFS Rectotron Liverpool PUs ( Ebay $50 for the pair)
 http://www.guitarfet...rome_c_125.html

 

4) Mounted the pickups to a pair of Seymour Duncan Tripleshot rings - Can choose from Series. Parallel, or select which coil is active in single coil mode.
http://www.seymourdu...riple_shot_swi/

 

Might ask why add all these magnetic coil select solutions to a JTV-59 Variax? I'm rather anal about my tone, and clean Palm Muting tone is essential for my Surf Band, and despite the progress, none of these Guitar Modelling solutions  we discuss today can duplicate the exact tone I need to achieve clean Palm Muting tone   - (think Astronauts "Baja) for the sound I use regularly  

 



5) I'm half way done with my JTV-59 Mods - Next I'll mount the Fishman Tripleplay wireless Guitar to MIDI  PU and mount the FTP controller on top of the Bigsby Logo on the tailpiece

 

http://www.vguitarfo...g62105#msg62105

Nice Job Steve.
I didn't cut the top of the mount on the Bigsby. I just Fined it until it fit (Half of it ) Under the bridge.
but your solution is great too.
Interesting Pickup's with the switch on the Ring. (Not for me, but every man has his Sound).

Not sure about the Fishman Tripleplay,  it's possible to use the Variax bridge with the Graphtech Ghost Hexpander.


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#20 katiekerry

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:27 PM

Wow those mods you guys have made are amazing I am terrified of messing with the electronics parts on the variax, (pickups ect.).  I am fine with a traditional guitar but I am afraid of damaging the modeling components.  I haven't even opened up the back panels to look inside.  I changed some hardware but that's about it...  Kudos though awesome work.. 


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