5230T Tuning problems even after upgrades!

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by stevenlaumer, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. stevenlaumer

    stevenlaumer Newbie

    Nov 2, 2018
    Dallas, Tx

    I purchased a new one of these a month ago and have spend that time replacing the stock bridge with a roller bridge, and replacing the nut with a graphtech Tusq nut. But even after all this, using the bigsby is still knocking the tuning off.

    Anyone got any pointers for whats next? All the work was completed by a professional that I trust and the work looks good.
  2. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    I had the same issue with a G5135. I'm convinced it was too much break angle between the tension bar and bridge. I had the nut worked on, lubed everything I could, tried a bunch of suggestions and nothing fixed it. I ordered one of these... https://bricksbiggsfix.com/product/btsv3/ and after that the bigsby worked perfect.

    Not my review but it will give you an idea what it does.

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
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  3. stevenlaumer

    stevenlaumer Newbie

    Nov 2, 2018
    Dallas, Tx
    Thats a nice shout. Price is good too.

    How was the install? Anything major needed?
  4. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    No. it's quite easy.
    1-unscrew the B5 from the top
    2-release the allen screw which blocks the front roller shaft
    3-remove the shaft by pushing it and the whole will go
    4-reinstall the whole, with the BBF front roller in lieu of the original Bigsby front roller, using the original shaft.
    5-tight the allen screw to block the shaft again
    6-rescrew in place the B5
    It's done.

    Maybe your trem is a B50 not a B5, so it may a bit different. BrigggggsBigggggFixxxxx has front rollers for both : US and Licensed Bigsby trems.

    Note : take a Super Squishy Spring by the occasion - you won't regret it !

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  5. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Mine was a B50. I don't recall the process but it was pretty easy. Allan key and a screwdriver was all I needed if I remember right. There's some videos online that show the whole process.
  6. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Synchromatic

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    I have not encountered tuning issues with my 5230. I have kept it stock.
    I have heard many folks say that they have issues with the stock licensed Bigsby and tuning. I can confidently say that I just kept it stock and It's great. no problems.
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  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, Steven!
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  8. Aaron1061

    Aaron1061 Gretschie

    May 23, 2016
    Agree with above .Get the biggsfix.

    I've found with light and easy use, I can get a stock b50 to stay in tune. I habe to really treat it nice and even then it won't be perfect. But close..

    Problem is, I don't like to treat my ladies nice. With the Biggs fix I can abuse the trem all night long and it gets right back in line .
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