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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / Gretsch Tenneseean question

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Too Much GAS
May 26th, 2013 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a friend with one of these and it has a Bigsby tailpiece on it. He has removed the arm and screwed a bolt in place of the spring to help keep it in tune. He still has a huge problem with the bridge moving around. It won't stay in tune through an entire song and he's gotten really frustrated to the point where he won't even play it.

A few years ago he glued some 400 grit sandpaper to the contact points on the bridge and that helped but didn't solve the problem.

We thought about gluing it but that will only hold as well as the finish will. Any suggestions?



May 27th, 2013 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Most tuning issues with Bigby's are releated to either the "nut" or how the strings are installed.

Bridge movement is usually due to a misaligned Bigsby, or darn hard playing. If the Bigsby is centered, and the bridge still moves, get the bridge pinned or use bow rosin on the base of the bridge.

A correctly cut nut, properly strung strings, and a centered Bigsby will eliminate virtually all these issues other than extremely hard playing

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than Yngwie
May 27th, 2013 02:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good advice on pinning the bridge. I've done that on my archtops that need it. Not all do.

Purists freak out and say pinning the bridge permanently alters the guitar too much. If that's the case, then I say sell it and get another because the guitar is too unstable to play in its current state. Right? Right.

Another suggestion is to replace the trapeze-type Bigsby with a trapeze tailpiece. You can find Gretsch tailpieces all day on fleabay.

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Am I Retired?
Dec 22nd, 2013 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Having played Gretsch guitars for most of my playing life (that's a pretty long time) I can only imagine that the guitar in question is not set up properly. As has been said either the nut is cut wrong, or the guitar is being strung incorrectly or the Bixby is not aligned properly. One of the reasons I like the zero fret on my Gretsch guitars is that it takes the nut issues away completely, and adds quite a bit of sustain as well.


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