November 5th, 2011, 07:13 PM
My Pro jet goes out of tune...
I tried this.. It kinda helps but...
Will the Compton help the out of tune issues with the Bigsby?
November 5th, 2011, 07:22 PM
The problem will most likely be at the nut, when you tune the string will get stuck and bind to the nut. Then when you bend or use the Bigsby the string pops out of being stuck and it goes out of tune.
There are many remedies for different degrees of nut binding issues:
If it is bad the nut needs to be ever so slightly re shaped or slotted? (especially if the strings you are using are heavier than the stock ones that come on that model). Other users will be able to provide more help on this because I have never had to do it or have it done...
In less 'extreme' cases you can put a little graphite in the nut slots to help prevent binding or if you wanna, go and buy some nut sauce - yup. nut sauce ;) it does basically the same job and I have only ever used graphite.
I'm sure many more people will chime in and provide even more detailed help :) Hope your tuning issues are remedied in the near future!
November 5th, 2011, 09:01 PM
I have the same roller bridge in my gretsch and it works great, as it's said the nut is a potential problem. I always put graphite inside the nut slots with a pencil and it works for me. There are some ways to install the strings in the tunings machines that maybe can help you too. Maybe the spring of the bigsby needs to be replaced. Cheers.
November 5th, 2011, 11:16 PM
I have to agree, binding at the nut is the first place to look. That having been said, I tend to avoid roller bridges. The bridge transfers string vibration to the top and anything that complicates the path of those vibrations to the top is not optimizing the process. For years Jazz guitarists have replaced tune-o-matics with solid wood bridges as a matter of course. For other types of music a solid bridge made of metal may be desirable.
November 6th, 2011, 01:37 AM
I've had my problems with binding at the nut, and fixed it easy with pencilshavings and/or nut sauce.
But one question comes to mind when I see people talking about changing tuners etc. Ok, I see the need for a tuner that doesn't rotate backwards you're playing, but that rear, isn't it?
What I do when I restring is to guide the string through the tuner peg and on the side where it comes out, I bend the string slightly in the opposite direction of the way the peg rotates. That gives the peg an extra angle to hold onto when you start winding the string, one on each side of the peg.
And I always guide the string on the "down side" of the peg, positioning every new wound of string on the "wooden" side of the peg. That way the angle increases per turn and increasing the friction that holds the string tuned. 3 turns always does the trick.
Is it just me playing to soft, given that this does the trick for me?
November 6th, 2011, 02:50 AM
after checking the nut
i'd get a compton never the less:-)
November 6th, 2011, 02:55 AM
Absolutely! But for me it's more of a tone thing than a tuning issue.