1 Sean S. 1 year ago The INSPIRATION: Here it is, the first proof of concept that I found. A fellow who goes by 'DC Bass' in other parts of the 'Net, standing with Fred himself and this magnificent Falcon. So some of you have seen this before and thought, "That's Awesome! But it just isn't ORANGE enough, is it?" So I came up with a plan to "Trem-up" my new 5123-B so that it would look a little bit more like its ancestors! The PLAN: Although it turned out to be simpler than this in reality (really!), this was the initial plan, as well as a plea for help and guidance on my first major Mod! The ORIGINAL: Wow that's Pretty! The only way I could see that bass being any better lookin', would be to add a Bigsby on the front, like God intended! The FINAL PRODUCT - THE GRETSCH G5123-B(igsby): In the end, a stock Bigsby B-60 went right on, replacing the original 4-string G-Cutout tailpiece, with the addition of two new holes. The Bigsby covers two of the three original G Tailpiece holes, leaving one exposed dead center, about 1/16" below the strap button. This will be left "open", as this has become a 'reversable' mod, where the original G Tailpiece will cover all trace of the Bigsby installation if replaced. Additionally (and to my delight), the stock string pins were both adequately spaced, leaving the outermost pins unused, as well as strong enough to hold the tension of the heavier gauged bass strings. A simple bend of the ball end, just as you would when stringing a 6-string with a Bigsby, with a bit of over-extension to bend a curl into the lowest part of the string, makes for easy string changes, and gives the string a nice even tension around the bar as it exits the Tailpiece on its way to the Headstock. As such, no modifications to the Bigsby were required at all! Thanks to all who offered encouragement and advice, here is the fruit of our labors!