Bigsby with TOM

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Darren1982, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Darren1982

    Darren1982 Electromatic

    May 4, 2019
    Seems like the "thing" you have to do is get a Compton or Tru Arc bridge from reading on here,

    But why are pro players like Brian Setzer using a standard TOM bridge? It does seem strange that this should work as the string is moving through the saddles which might get stuck. But if its good for him then its good for me!

    I have got a Gotoh TOM with Titanium saddles with V stop tail. I was thinking about getting the B3 Towner Kit but was looking at bridges. Shall i just keep with what i got? The guitar is a 6228.

    Then most people also replace the spring too? reverend squishy spring?
  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Gotoh TOM bridges are great. If I were you I’d add the bigsby I wanted, make sure the nut is filed correctly to keep from binding, and see if it all worked. I would then decide after playing it for a while if I wanted to try a different bridge.
    A Gotoh is already much much better than the adjustomatic bridges that come stock on many Gretsch’s.
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  3. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Setzer has sperzel locking tuners w a delrin nut and the bridge is a gotoh ABR-1 bridge w brass saddles. What is key is that the saddles are cut and dressed properly w the usual maintenance of a deburring and graphite lube. Setzer also doesnt change his strings constantly on his guitars. I have my SSU set up just like Setzer's and I have no tuning issuers or strings breaking. Bar bridges are nice especially the serpentune tru-arc bridges as they are a maintence free drop in upgrade. I have one of those on my setzer hotrod,
    section2, audept and thunder58 like this.
  4. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Setzer's tech 7 years ago said he changes the strings every 2-3 says while on tour.
  5. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    Sep 8, 2012
    I recently read an interview with Setzer where strings came up, apparantly he keeps strings for very long times as he likes the broken in and somewhat duller feel.
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  6. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Gotoh TOMs are nice
    The TOM that came on my 5120 was a piece of crap
    Jena likes this.
  7. Not really enuf experience to say, but Gotoh had the 12" radius ToM with the large posts . . . beefier than the stock on a G2655 by 3mm so bridge could maybe be placed virtually straight rather than the "tilt" done for the "intonation compensation of the saddles"
  8. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    TOM roller bridges are the way to go. With or without a Bigsby.
  9. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    I've always been about the solid bar bridges ( Comptons, RBBs) but I need to try the ABR-1....
  10. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I had a Gotoh TOM on my Red Sparkle Jet (my avatar) for the longest time. Never had a problem.

    I had a G6119T with a stock TOM. Never had a problem.

    Folks like to swap out bridges because it's an easy and really inexpensive mod. It is not always necessary but it is fun to do.
  11. Manny 86

    Manny 86 Electromatic

    Jun 3, 2019
    Italy, Piedmont
    If you want a really badass bet on ABM bridge steel, on les paul is deadly. You need to have a new base to screw on new studs.
  12. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2016
    Still have the original AOM/TOM without any issues.

    If I needed a change Gotoh/Truetone ABR-1 would be my choice.
  13. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    But who actually maintains his guitars? And his touring habits may be different from non touring. In the rig rundown the tech says the same as you about Setzer, but he changes them every 2-3 shows (instead of every show maybe).
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  14. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    Sep 8, 2012
    Did a bit of digging, but I found it.

    Towards the end is why Brian delays changing strings nowadays. Search for 'once a year', it'll take you straight to it. The tech talks about it. The rest is a good read too.
    Henry likes this.
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