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Noah Miller


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Post  Posted 23 Sep 2021 3:13 pm    
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Just arrived, minty clean inside and out, original string, cap & pots.

That said... what are these extra holes for? I thought the bottom two might be in case someone wanted all the jacks on the port side, but they're too small to accommodate a jack. Confused



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Jon Light


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Post  Posted 23 Sep 2021 3:47 pm    
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I can't figure what you'd be adjusting but could it be a screwdriver access point for the slotted screw inside? (another photos shows another screw on the other end too).
That wouldn't address the holes in the top part of the pedal.


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Noah Miller


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Post  Posted 23 Sep 2021 4:09 pm    
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Bingo! When I took the bottom cover, I could see that the three larger holes are aligned with string pulleys and and string anchor point. The smaller hole is aligned with the anchor point for a spring.

The wierd thing is that none of these are difficult to access through the bottom, and could have been made even easier to tighten with hex-head screws and a wrench. And none of them should need periodic adjustment, either. So that answers the question, but I'm still confused as to why Bigsby built it this way.
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Post  Posted 23 Sep 2021 4:14 pm    
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I only know the Fender V/T and I can't recall any need for quick adjustments, tensioning or whatever. Yeah, it's puzzling.
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Joe Burke

 

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Post  Posted 23 Sep 2021 4:54 pm    
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Mine have the holes as well. But hadn’t considered what they were for.

I do love this pedal!
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Garry Vanderlinde


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Post  Posted 24 Sep 2021 11:06 am     Re: Bigsby Volume/Tone pedal
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Noah Miller wrote:
Just arrived, minty clean inside and out, original string, cap & pots.


Nice find! I'd be really interested in what the original cap and pot values are. Can you tell if the pots are linear or audio taper???
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Noah Miller


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Post  Posted 24 Sep 2021 1:10 pm    
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The tone pot says 100K and reads 89.2K. The volume pot markings I can't see without unstringing, but it reads 460K so I assume it's supposed to be 500K. Did they even make audio taper pots back then?

The cap is marked .05 MFD.
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Bill Fisher

 

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Post  Posted 24 Sep 2021 4:35 pm    
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That foot pedal, being shiny like that, is, I believe, one of the newer one's Ted McCarty had made when he owned Bigsby in Michigan, I believe is where he was located with the Bigsby product. I could be wrong, but I don't think I am.

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Noah Miller


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Post  Posted 25 Sep 2021 3:51 am    
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From the small bit of research I've done, I agree this is one of the later ones. The tone pot code could be 1956 or 1966, but the small logo seems to indicate the later date.
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Post  Posted 30 Sep 2021 4:11 pm    
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Noah Miller wrote:
The tone pot says 100K and reads 89.2K. The volume pot markings I can't see without unstringing, but it reads 460K so I assume it's supposed to be 500K. Did they even make audio taper pots back then?

The cap is marked .05 MFD.


Audio (log) taper pots have been used for volume controls for about 90 years. The .05 (or .047) uf cap has been the "go-to" value for passive tone controls for almost as long.
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Chris Lucker

 

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Post  Posted 1 Oct 2021 10:49 am    
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Noah Miller wrote:
From the small bit of research I've done, I agree this is one of the later ones. The tone pot code could be 1956 or 1966, but the small logo seems to indicate the later date.


Noah, Didn't Bigsby start using the smaller logo in 1951? I only have one early volume tone pedal and it took fifteen years to find it. Its pots have been changed a number of times.


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Noah Miller


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Post  Posted 1 Oct 2021 11:06 am    
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I'm far from an expert on these, but I've found a few large-logo pedals that were said to be from the late '50s. I have no idea if they were misidentified.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 1 Oct 2021 11:24 am    
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I've bought and sold about six of these Bigsby V&T pedals over the years (back in my horse-trading days). Most of them needed work and were very cumbersome to use IMO.

This is the last one I had, and the cleanest one. I sold it in 2015.






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Chris Lucker

 

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Post  Posted 1 Oct 2021 1:17 pm    
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Noah Miller wrote:
I'm far from an expert on these, but I've found a few large-logo pedals that were said to be from the late '50s. I have no idea if they were misidentified.

I am a Bigsby steel guitar collector snd I have only seen two large logo pedals. I have seen twice as many volume/tone pedal bags.
The top of the pedal —the part that slides— is from the Thirties.
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Noah Miller


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Post  Posted 1 Oct 2021 1:37 pm    
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The '30s? How is the top of the pedal so much older than the rest of it?
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Post  Posted 1 Oct 2021 2:10 pm    
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Noah Miller wrote:
The '30s? How is the top of the pedal so much older than the rest of it?


Because the top of the pedal was not always a Volume/Tone pedal part. It started as a Crocker Motorcycle pedal.


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Post  Posted 2 Oct 2021 6:50 am    
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Chris Lucker wrote:
Noah Miller wrote:
The '30s? How is the top of the pedal so much older than the rest of it?


Because the top of the pedal was not always a Volume/Tone pedal part. It started as a Crocker Motorcycle pedal.




...must have been great to be able to vary the volume and tone of the exhaust whilst riding.....independently of the accelerator..... Laughing
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Post  Posted 13 Oct 2021 8:47 am     Bigsby Volume pedal
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Where can I purchase a BIGSBY VOLUME PEDAL IN LIKE NEW, TO MINT CONDITION ?
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Donny Hinson

 

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Post  Posted 13 Oct 2021 2:51 pm    
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Last one I saw on eBay "as new" went for $450, plus shipping. Maybe worth that as a collector piece, but certainly not as a volume pedal. Too big, heavy, and clunky.
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David Ball


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Post  Posted 13 Oct 2021 5:32 pm    
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Chris Lucker wrote:
Noah Miller wrote:
The '30s? How is the top of the pedal so much older than the rest of it?


Because the top of the pedal was not always a Volume/Tone pedal part. It started as a Crocker Motorcycle pedal.



That's a cool piece of trivia! Never noticed that before, but I can certainly see it.

Dave
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