Hold on to your hats and be prepared to open your wallets if you’d like to be the new owner of a 1956 Paul Bigsby-made guitar. On October 24, 2015, Heritage Auctions will be offering this outstanding example of Paul Bigsby’s work. The auction will take place in their Beverly Hills, CA showroom and will also feature other incredible instruments including 1950s Gibson Les Pauls and Danny Gatton’s 1953 Telecaster! The Bigsby guitar was originally built for Luke Charpentier, Jr and features the instantly recognizable figured maple top, B3 vibrato, and trademark style. As noted in Andy Babiuk’s The Story of Paul Bigsby (page 133), this instrument was the last (known) Standard guitar. Featuring serial number 121556, it was completed on December 15, 1956. Lot 85044 is sure to ignite the bidding crowd-will you be there? The opening bid will be $200k, while the estimated sale total is $400k+! You can check out the entire list of items to be auctioned HERE, or go straight to the Bigsby HERE. we’re excited to see what and where this incredible piece of history ends up!
It’s hard to believe, and we know we say that each year, but its already time for GuitArlington! Where does the year go? Whew! We’ll be heading back to the Lone Star state to take part in this unbelievably cool event. The dates for 2105 are October 17-18, and we couldn’t be more excited. Make plans to be at the Arlington Convention Center that weekend, located at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011. As has become tradition over the past few years, we are going to with our pals from TV Jones! We’ll have our full line of products on display as will TV Jones (make plans to check out their fabulous pickup tester guitar!). Also, we plan to take and offer demo instruments that we’ve used in videos and at other events that are ready for a new home–which could be yours! Last, but certainly not least, we’ll be offering FREE installations throughout the show! Check out this FLYER and email tech Adam Seutter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to reserve your time slot. If your guitar is already equipped with a Bigsby, feel free to bring it by for a FREE 8-point Pit Stop check up! A brief visit that is sure to get your Bigsby working in tip top shape! We look forward to seeing YOU soon!
Check out photos from last year HERE.
More information from the promoter HERE.
Continuing the streak (this makes 3!), Epiphone is releasing a new Joe Bonamassa Les Paul! Following the success of the previous Signature series instruments, this Limited Edition model features a number of exciting new features including a B700 vibrato! A modern master of the guitar, Bonamassa’s playing utilizes the subtlety and finesse that makes a Bigsby instantly recognizable. Epiphone has a great interview with Joe on their website along with all of the drool-worthy specs of the new guitar. We’re sure this will need to be added to the collection…
Check out the details from Epiphone HERE.
And read the interview HERE.
Our first time back to the Bay since 2009, and boy was it a great time! Its always a treat to see the cool great that this area has to offer. Vintage Fenders, Gibsons, Guilds, Martins, and many others graced the floor of the Marin County Civic Center (we love that the complex was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!). Some very cool Bigsby-equipped instruments were certainly represented, and you can check out photos of some below (and more HERE). You’ve heard us say it before, but we really love hearing personal stories about meeting Paul Bigsby, your favorite Bigsby equipped guitar or even the one that got away….)! As you may have heard us say, this is our last show for the summer, but not to worry as we will be at GuitArlington this October! If you weren’t able to take us up on our FREE Installation or Pit-Stop offer, make plans to join us in Texas this fall. Kind thanks to everyone that came out and we’ll see you down the road!
Just around the corner is our final event for the summer (don’t worry, we’re still heading to GuitArlington in October)! That’s right, we are heading back to California for the Bay Area World Guitar Show! 2015 is our first time back since 2009, and we are very excited to return! This year the event will be at the Marin Civic Center (great building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!) on August 15-16 from 10-5pm on Saturday and 10-4pm on Sunday. As we’re sure that you are, we are excited to check out all of the great gear that will be available on the show floor. Premium goods are certain to dazzle all! For our part, we’ll be offering our full line of vibratos and accessories and FREE installations and Pit-Stops. Click THIS flyer link and schedule your time to have a Bigsby added to your favorite guitar! If your guitar already has a Bigsby, feel free to schedule an appointment to have us perform a 8 point check up to make sure your guitar’s vibrato is operating in tip-top shape. We can’t wait to see you in San Rafael in a few weeks! As always, check out our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates from the show floor.
Additional show details HERE.
Each time we travel to Nashville, we are always impressed by the graciousness of all the folks we meet. Summer NAMM 2015 was no exception and we thank you all for making the show so special! Filling the floor of the wonderful Music City Center was tons of gear from a great cross-section of the industry. As you may know, this year’s event also included a special ‘Music Industry Day’ which was open to the public. An incredible opportunity to see the inner workings of the music industry–perfect for Music City! In addition to being able to check out all of the new products hitting the market in the coming months, guests we able to attend workshops and seminars to broaden their perspective. On our end, we had wonderful time talking to folks about our entire product line and the amazing heritage and legacy of the Bigsby name. Not to mention that the legacy continues through the variety of new manufacturers using Bigsby tailpieces—welcome! Thanks again to everyone that came out and for your support and we look forward to seeing you down the road!
To check out more of our photos from the show, click HERE.
And for the NAMM Photo Gallery, click HERE.