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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Stingray Tool for aiding in restringing a Bigsby mounted guitar

JAFO
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Hemet, SoCal

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Nov 16th, 2017 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I realize that there are several home brewed methods to make restringing a Bigsby easier. I, myself, use a wedge shaped pencil eraser for holding the string in place while tightening the string. The Stingray Tool is cheap ($10, or so) and appears to be well designed & small enough to store anywhere. Give it a look-see and tell me what you think.

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Hammond101
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Nov 16th, 2017 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had Bigsby equipped guitars for 30+ years. This looks pretty good as it doesn't forever attach to the guitar and change the fulcrum point of the pin shaft.

I've seen guys use foam or a sponge to hold the barrels on the pin. The eraser thing you do sounds good, nice and firm and it's something just about everyone has in their desk drawer.

I take a mini pair of needle nose and bend each string at the barrel then curve the string slightly. I really don't have issues doing it this way. Rarely does the barrel pop off the pin. I do use a power winder on the tuner so I have a hand for a little tension and guide for the string as it comes into place.

I have a few Lap Steel guitars and the Fenders have keyhole slots in a bridgeplate for the barrels. On those things you are dealing with a string that will not stay in the keyhole and a "tuning pan" at the headstock. it's kind of like a slotted peghead but closed off on the bottom. They are a bugger. I began using a Q-tip shoved in the slot to hold the string barrel so I have two hands to wrap the string on the tuner shaft and pull the free end through under the staft.

In any case it beats re-stringing a 12 string Ric where order of assembly is the key and space in minimal!

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Nov 16th, 2017 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That tool is pretty neat. I bend the string like Hammond, and then use a capo to maintain tension while starting the wrap around the tuners.

Te 52

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Nov 16th, 2017 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Stingray tool looks like an example of what my old math teacher would call "using a cannon to shoot a mouse." ;-)

For me, J-bend in the string, loop the ball end over the pin, slide a piano tuner's rubber wedge mute under it until the string has some tension on it. Capo is a good alternative if the wedge mute isn't handy.

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

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Nov 16th, 2017 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have three guitars with Bigsby's...an LP, SG and Tele. I've never had problems stringing them with out tools or devices (other than my fingers.) Pre-bend the string end, slip the free end under the bar, put the bent end on the post, and pull the string tight. Easy

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Nov 16th, 2017 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(This message was last edited by Steve Dallman at 08:07 AM, Nov 19th, 2017)

RicOkc

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Nov 16th, 2017 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a Vibramate Spoiler and it takes no time at all.

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Nov 16th, 2017 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I bought a Vibramate Spoiler and it takes no time at all"

I'm sure it does but the Stingray is a quarter of the price that the Spoiler is. Whatever works for you.

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Nov 16th, 2017 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have to say that I am very ambidextrous. Short of writing both hand perform mechanical tasks equally. I'm sure this help as not all people are wired this way.

MLC

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Nov 17th, 2017 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Steve D. posted twice, so you can just fill my name in on his second post.
(;^)

Oh, and put "had" in for "have."
As much as I love a Bigsby, I don't currently own any. Not quite sure how that happened...


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