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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / Bridge slippedy slidey

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Midwest USA

Ride, shoot straight, speak the truth
Apr 29th, 2012 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a fairly new 5120 and am happy with the bridge (for now). My question is about putting the kibosh on East-West slippage while playing. Not a huge amount of movement involved but enough to be an annoying hassle. Smooth bridge wood on polished poly is just a slippery thing. I use 10s standard tuning. Should I expect this to stop over time as the poly cures against the wood, or does this need a little dab of glue or nail polish in the corners? I assume something sticky underneath the bridge could and would really make a mess of things over time, and get in the way of good bridge contact? Thanks. CS.

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Twin Cities, USA

Land of Sky Blue Waters
Apr 29th, 2012 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really don't have much problem with this on my Gretsch guitars.

A popular fix is to place some violin bow rosin between bridge body and the bridge base. This seems to work effectively and is reversible.

There are numerous other ways to "pin" the bridge. Just be sure you're happy with your string gauge and action before you do this.


(This message was last edited by rvwinkle at 04:39 PM, Apr 29th, 2012)

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Midwest USA

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Apr 29th, 2012 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

RBW: thanks; that is a most excellent idea. Going to try the rosin this evening. We have violins handy in the house and I could just collect some of that dust and apply with a bush or something.

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May 1st, 2012 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Be sure the bridge feet are properly mated to the body. If the contour is slightly off it will reduce contact and be prone to slippage.

A properly fitted bridge should have nowhere to go with 10s at standard pitch and normal playing.

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Midwest USA

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May 14th, 2012 08:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very Close but not 100 mated. So far the rosin did the trick very nicely. May try that on the built-in strap locks too

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May 15th, 2012 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The built-in strap locks on Gretsch guitars are way too misunderstood.

Most players unscrew the entire thing (knob and threaded stud as one unit) from the guitar. Over time, the hole in the wood wears out and needs attention due to repeated screwing [heh].

Gretsch designed the strap button in such a way that the threaded part is supposed to remain in the guitar all the time, and only the knob comes off. You place the knob through your strap hole, and screw it onto the threaded stud in the guitar.

What you need to do is glue the threaded stud in the guitar. That's what I do, and I've never had any problems at all with 'em.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 05:12 PM, May 15th, 2012)

Five Aces

San Jose, California

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May 25th, 2012 12:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow... thanks Peegoo! I've done that with my strap buttons on my 5120 years ago and never had a problem. But I can't tell you how many fellow guitarists critisized me because they thought I was bass-ackwards in doing that!

Anyway...as a follow-up to the slippy slidey bridge....
I followed the suggestion of others on these forums. I sanded the base of the wooden bridge(ever-so-lightly) by laying a sheet of sandpaper (paper side facing the guitar body) and sanding the bridge "in-place" by moving it against he sandpaper in the position where it should be located. This will guarantee a match with the body contour.
Then, as an added insurance, I used a very thin, 1/2" square, double-sided adheasive patch under each foot of the bridge. These are available at most craft stores and are used to adhere pictures in scrapbook albums. They come as pre-cut 1/2" squares on a roll and are so thin, I guarantee they will not effect tone. After almost 3 years on my guitar, I removed the bridge during a string change and there is absolutely no damage to the finish.

...hope that helps.

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Midwest USA

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Jun 16th, 2012 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm. I didn't know the screw comes out of the body and assumed it was glued in. Why wouldn't they do that? Only the knob unscrews when I use them. I do have to keep retightening the knob as it works loose from general strap movemet during use and repositioning to fit in the case, etc. The violin rosin is still holding strong on the bridge after a couple gigs. Now do I have to worry about the whole guitar busting off the strap?

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