The Complete Telecaster


Bigsby's curse

As you might know, Paul Bigsby is known to the inventor of the first practical and 
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 like
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 
who originally made popular the vibrato unit among musicians.

He was believing  Leo stole his ideas and became rich. He easily got angry in less than
two minutes when he heard the name "Fender". Naturally, he never talked with Leo 
while he had many good relations with other guitar companies.

Now, knowing these backgrounds, you must know you can't put Bigsby vibrato unit on 
your telecaster. Yes, you will be cursed if you do it! It might be okay with the "F" stamped 
unit like Fig2, but you should definitely avoid the "Bigsby" stamped unit like Fig3 as the 
spirit of Bigsby won't forgive you.  : )


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Fig.2

Fig.3

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Fig.1


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