Original P.A. Bigsby Pickup

Original P.A. Bigsby Pickup

From my personal collection here is probably the rarest and in my opinion the best sounding pickup ever built. A genuine early 1950’s Bigsby!
Paul Bigsby is well known for his tremolos which are still widely used today. He is also considered the father of the modern electric guitar. Both Leo Fender and Les Paul borrowed liberally from his amazing designs and ideas. In his backyard shop in Downy California he custom built guitars for Merle Travis, Grady Martin, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Thompson and a select group of the biggest stars of the early 50’s. Both Chet Atkins and Les Paul had guitars with Bigsby pickups installed which is proof that he would sell you just a pickup without a guitar but seeing how few individual pickups are extant it seems likely that he didn’t sell many or possibly only sold them to a select few famous players. This one was removed from a Bigsby guitar 40 years ago and no, I don’t know where that guitar ended up. Believe me I’ve tried to find it. When I realized how few pictures of these there are on the internet I decided to post these as a reference. I currently have it installed in a 1955 Magnatone MK3 which is as fitting a guitar as any for it to be in. This pickup sounds like nothing else and is not really for sale unless you want to pay off a decent chunk of my mortgage :)

Price: Outrageous offers considered.