The Complete Telecaster
|As you might know, Paul Bigsby is known to the inventor of the first
usable solid electric guitar(Fig1). He also invented other things such as vibrato unit.
(it seems he was a a very talented person)
According to Merle Travis, the owner of the guitar, Fender borrowed this guitar from him
for two days and released Esquire after a few weeks later.
(Leo Fender denied this story)
Although Bigsby guitar was though-neck, they have many similar points
solid body, in-line machine heads, through-the-body strings, etc.
Moreover to say, the headstock design was copied on strat, and, it was Bigsby
made popular the vibrato unit among musicians.
He was believing Leo stole his ideas and became rich. He easily got angry
in less than
minutes when he heard the name "Fender". Naturally, he never talked
had many good relations with other guitar companies.
Now, knowing these backgrounds, you must know you can't put Bigsby vibrato unit on
telecaster. Yes, you will be cursed if you do it! It might be okay with the "F"
unit like Fig2, but you should definitely avoid the "Bigsby" stamped
unit like Fig3 as the
spirit of Bigsby won't forgive you. : )