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Bacchus Vintage series BTE-67 BG
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JohnA
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want a biased opininion Mikes your man

Dave on the other hand has been known to look beyond the norm and pick up a few oddities, and his guitar collection is all the more interesting for it! The first thing a lot of people say when they see my Les Paul collection is "but they are all the same!" can't say that about Daves

That Bacchus tele is certainly going to be prised from his sticky hands for our next recording session!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnA wrote:

That Bacchus tele is certainly going to be prised from his sticky hands for our next recording session!


There's no need to butter me up - you'll be welcome to borrow it. Just hope it lives up to expectations.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love that Tele - it is brilliant!

I was bidding on it myself - on Yahoo, but due to my cautious nature I was done over by a more experienced buyer! He was right too, because when I saw the pics Hisashi put up on ebay, the guitar looked so much better than on the Yahoo listing.

Don't listen to Mike about the Bigsby - main reason it's good is because it makes the string break angle shallower (like a top loading Tele bridge does also) and you will get a more musical tone in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JVsearch wrote:

Don't listen to Mike about ......


........... don't worry I rarely do

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JVsearch wrote:
.....main reason it's good is because it makes the string break angle shallower (like a top loading Tele bridge does also) and you will get a more musical tone in my opinion.


That is a very contentious statement! Top loading Tele bridges are generally the preserve of cheapo Teles. Fender gave them up after less than a year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stratman323 wrote:
JVsearch wrote:
.....main reason it's good is because it makes the string break angle shallower (like a top loading Tele bridge does also) and you will get a more musical tone in my opinion.


That is a very contentious statement! Top loading Tele bridges are generally the preserve of cheapo Teles. Fender gave them up after less than a year.


I don't actually know why Fender gave up on them, maybe it was for some other reason (don't want two different lines of construction for one model) rather than that they sounded no good or were cheap. They did away with the single pickup Esquire as well - too costly to make two different pick guards! Ha ha

People just don't like them because they look a bit like they could be pulled off, whereas the string through body method looks rock solid. To be fair a top loader probably should not be used on softer woods, so maybe that was the problem, longevity fears meant you had to use the harder timber.

Top loaders are making a bit of a comeback here and there, and a top loader was good enough for Jimmy Page before he became immortalised as a LP player. He even used his top loader Tele to record the solo to Stairway, and nobody would say that was a bad tone? Yeah, I know, unfair - Pagey would have sounded good on whatever it was.

When it comes down to it, I just can't stand bright no sustain chickin pickin Tele sounds, and the top loader seems to allow notes to bloom a bit more. I put it down to the string break angle, but I could be wrong.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you may be right, I guess I don't know because all the good or very good Teles I've ever played have been string through body, the only toploaders were cheap ones. I can't think of any toploaded Teles that I like the look of.

But whatever you think of Bigsbys, they must alter the tone of a Tele quite significantly?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guy seems to like 'em

http://www.xs4all.nl/~msengers/htm/home.htm

Check out his links and old tele sketches etc

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Arrived today

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plays great, sounds just like it should. Lot's of tele twang. Gonna have to learn some country licks.

Nice feel to the neck and still nice and light even with the bigsby.

These yuta pickups are nice

More pic's later for those interested.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveWW wrote:
Plays great, sounds just like it should. Lot's of tele twang. Gonna have to learn some country licks.

Nice feel to the neck and still nice and light even with the bigsby.

These yuta pickups are nice

More pic's later for those interested.

Dave


very wonderful looking guitar; I imagine it is a real joy to play

More pics? YES
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MIJvintage wrote:


More pics? YES


Allrighty then

Yep, it plays great. Just needed a little bit of neck relief to get the action right.

Changing strings is a bit of a swine though. I should have checked first - Bigsby say to use a wedge shaped piece of foam to stop the strings slipping off. I used to be a toolmaker so I should have thought of that!

































I'll contact Deviser to see if they can give me any more info on the guitar but I doubt if I'll be able to find more than Hisashi had on his ebay listing.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is a tele I could fall in love with!!!

Congrats Dave
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn Dave; that's one NICE chunk of Bacchus Tele lumber you got there

Thanks for the very nice pics

I think I'm getting a woody ...........................
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never been a fan of a Bigsby rig but I must say that that Tele is a pup!
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