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I'm in the process of tricking out my Samick Royale RL-1 (man I love this guitar! picked it up for $169! New!)

Here's a snap: RL1

(except mine's black with ivory binding--and an ivory pickguard).

I want to put a Bigsby on it --so far I figured out I'll need a B7 (B70/B700) for it. My question is: I'll be removing the stop tail, but what do I do with the bushings that are in the guitar? I don't think the Bigsby will cover them up...or is there another model for that purpose?

No, I don't want a different vibrato, I want a Bigsby...the look!

Oh yeah, I've changed the pickups too...right now I have P90s (humbucker format) in there, but I just ordered a pair of retro Dearmond style pups...twang!

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The bigsby probably wont come up far enough to cover them up. Im not sure but thats probably a good thing as it might interfere with it seating correctly. If it were me I would just leave them in there. It will give it a cool modified look;)

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I want to put a Bigsby on it --so far I figured out I'll need a B7 (B70/B700) for it. My question is: I'll be removing the stop tail, but what do I do with the bushings that are in the guitar? I don't think the Bigsby will cover them up...or is there another model for that purpose?

I need to revive this thread...I received the B70. The problem is, the top screw hole (the longest part of the bigsby) appears to sit almost exactly on top of the bushing for the TOM's tailpiece.

So in order for the Bigsby to sit flush on the body, I'll have to remove the bushing--is this possible without ripping up the finish?

I have another guitar body here--and there's no way to remove the bushing for its stop tail piece, the thing is glued in so solid.

Should I just bag the Bigsby idea on this guitar and install it on a project instead (I plan on making a semi-hollow anyway)? I really don't want to mess up the finish on this one.

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I'm curious about using an Bigsby (or Duesenberg) trem too. Any word how well they work.......Looks-wise they are a killer and I know there were installed on older LPs and so........

I read comments there isn't enough tension on the strings. Is this true????

And yes, use it for new built......don't screw up current guitar. My advice.

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I'm curious about using an Bigsby (or Duesenberg) trem too. Any word how well they work.......Looks-wise they are a killer and I know there were installed on older LPs and so........

I read comments there isn't enough tension on the strings. Is this true????

And yes, use it for new built......don't screw up current guitar. My advice.

I'm too partial, I really love the sound of a Bigsby trem...there's nothing like it. You get this great shimmer thing going on. Not suitable for dive bombing. Bigsby recommends not going more than a whole tone above or below.

And yeah, the look is excellent. I haven't had any issues with string tension on mine. But I have a B5 type on one, and the new B70 I have also has the added tension roller in front. (It's the roller that's getting in the way on this mod).

Stew-Mac sells a special bushing puller --looks like it'll be pretty easy to build my own (looks like they built theirs out of an old soup can and a butterfly bolt!)

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