Electromatics

Bad design B6 Electromatic

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One of the real disappointments about the licence made B6 on the Korean Electromatic hollow body guitars is the B6 only has 2 screws and in the wrong placing to get the right mechanical advantage. They're too high up the plate.

As you will see from my photo, the plate with the 2 screws does not sit flat against the body, there is a gap and the screw placing is inefficient and needs 3 or 4, as on the USA Bigsby.

I'm changing this for a USA B6C V type unit. Looks nicer too. One on its way!

A pity that this has not been resolved from 2007 when these guitars came on to the market.

2

What about that big-O strap holding thumbscrew? Doesn't it act as a third screw? From your pic it looks like it does...

3

Have you ever seen one of those coming loose? And doesn't the strap pin is like the 3rd screw? This B60 type doesn't have the slot of the B6. I see nothing wrong here.

4

The ground wire prolly adds to the gap. Still tho it's very functional, I've never had problems with mine

5

The strap button screw goes through the plate into the body, so it's effectively the third screw in that setup. No need for any other screws.

There's a gap because it's a flat piece of metal attached to a round body. For there to be no gap, the hinge plate would need to have a rounded surface to match the radius of the body. The US made Bigsby's also have a flat hinge plate, so same issue.

This causes zero practical issues, and I've never heard of any kind of failure with this style hinge plate. It's a complete non-issue. I'm not sure why this continues to cause you stress, when no one else cares.

6

Interesting that all my USA Bigsbys on my Japan guitars sit flat, this one has a gap under, on my 5120 I drilled 2 extra holes and that sorted the problem, if the plate doesn't sit flat it loses sustain, the USA Bigsby is better metal, I swapped the one on my 5420T Fairlane for a B6C V type and it transformed the guitar.

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"if the plate doesn't sit flat it loses sustain"

I seriously doubt that. The point of contact is between the bridge and the nut, not the anchor of the Bigsby. The tailpiece of a Bennedeto arch top is secured the same way as a violin or cello; it is not mounted to the body at all but is secured to the tailpin and simply floats. If you want sustain, either crank the gain or get a solid mahogany body with a set neck.

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If you want more sustain get rid of the far east el cheapo bridge: THIS kills tone. Get a massive stainless steel bridge if you'd like to have more sustain outa a guitar that isn't known as a big sustaining one. There can't be any context Bigs hinge and tone. The B60 hinge got of course three screws. I use this hinge for my B6 V-Cut on my 5420 FSR.

9

The B-50 placement on the Electromatic jet is also ill placed and the wrong unit for the archtop guitar. I would have preferred that they use the type pictured that extends to the strap pin mount. Using a Bigsby designed for a flat top such as a Tele is still a mystery to me.. oh wait I know....$$$$

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The licensed Bigsby I've seen had 0 casting marks and worked quite well. I think they are finished nicer than their USA counterparts. Would rather see three screws and a hinge plate that sits flush with body but that's just me.


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