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One of our favorite things is to hear how folks use our tailpieces. Musical instruments give us a creative output for expressing ourselves and, is often the case, become part of the art in the process. It is under this pretense that we found such joy in the recent Fretbuzz article in The Guitarist Magazine. The world is full of wonderfully crafted, boutique, custom, and personal instruments. For many of us, these instruments which often carry a large price tag, are out of reach for the average player. Those among us that aren’t able to purchase that perfect instrument, we often decide to take matters into our own hands. Case in point is the aforementioned story in The Guitarist Magazine. To this end, we’d like to invite you to share your adventure! How did you make your dream guitar? What was the reason? What factors went into your choice of components? Submit your story and photos to Please note that we may use any or all of the text and photos you send.

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Bill Turner · June 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

Having started playing guitar in 1958, I finally saved up enough to buy my first electric guitar in the summer of 1969, a two year old sunburst Gibson ES-335 which had a trapeze tailpiece. While in my second year of college, I’d met another guitar player who was selling a Bigsby that would fit my guitar. He sold it to me for $15 and I was able to install it on my guitar. I loved having a Bigsby on my guitar with the extra dimension it gave to my playing. Having always been a big fan of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins–and also being a player of their styles, I’d noticed that they both had unique ‘handles’ on their Bigsby tailpieces, so I’d written to the Bigsby company in 1972 or 73 inquiring about the type of handle that Chet Atkins was using and soon received a reply back that this kind of handle was available–with either a swing-way or stationary arm! I ordered one and installed it on my Gibson, and THAT has been on that guitar right up till today! I soon wound up taking that guitar all over the world in the next few years when I’d gotten hired to play lead for Bill Haley & His Comets for two and a half years. I’ve been on TV in many different countries playing that ES-335 with that special Bigsby. Over the past 45 years so many people have asked me about this Bigsby with the Chet Atkins handle, as very few people had ever seen this type of handle. Well, in closing–I’ve played on over 11,200 concerts, club appearances and recording sessions–most of them with my old ES-335 with the Bigsby….and I plan to keep right on going!

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