Dean Guitars has gone all out on class with its Colt Bigsby Vintage White, a semi-hollow Bigsby-equipped electric guitar full of pizzazz. It’s certainly a departure from some of the brand’s more pointy offerings, but this sharp-looking instrument appears content to be doing its own elegant thing.
The Colt Bigsby stars a maple Colt body and maple arched top – complete with two F-holes, and a single-cutaway design. Paired to that is a comfortable-playing C shaped maple neck, and a 22-fret ebony fingerboard.
This guitar equips a set of passive Dean’s DMT-Design Humbuckers; one in the neck, one in the bridge. Additionally, the Colt Bigsby wields a third pickup option: a built-in piezo to harness the most out of the guitar’s semi-hollow build. This can be engaged, or run in parallel with the guitar’s dual input jack.
Other controls on the guitar include a three-way toggle switch, independent volume knobs for both regular output and piezo-output – which could be used to blend the two – and a tone control knob. Like its name implies, the guitar comes equipped with a Bigsby Original tremolo system, which might make some players cringe, but really doesn’t have to be much of a hassle to restring.
From its Tune-o-matic bridge, to its Grover tuners; the Colt Bigsby comes finished in all gold hardware. In terms of looks, it’s hard not to bring up its resemblance to the Gretsch White Falcon – though the two are offered at vastly different price points.
If Vintage White isn’t quite your style, there’s also a retro-looking Aqua version of the Colt-Bigsby. That version has a pau ferro fingerboard, and chrome hardware instead.
The Colt Bigsby lists at $1,799, learn more about it at deanguitars.com
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