Bigsbys and their parts

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Stefan, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    I love Bigsbys, really.

    But I hate the Chet handle construction with the two super tiny screws...today they finally wear out and now I need a new top bracket.
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    By the way-I don‘t know the reason for the small spring in the bracket-screw construction. Anyone?

    And concerning soft springs- I‘ve swapped the Reverend spring on my B16 for a 7/8 standard spring because I need to get the Bigs down to fit the guitar in a case. Know what? I‘ve stressed the spring in a clamp and now it‘s soft as the Reverend...
     
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  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I just ordered a chet arm for my tele. Should be delivered monday.
    Always wanted to try one.
     
  3. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    To control the tension on the arm so it doesn't flop around.... or not move at all.
     
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  4. section2

    section2 Synchromatic

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    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    Instead of buying a new bracket, can you just re-tap the screw holes?
     
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  5. Moleng1

    Moleng1 Synchromatic

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    Jul 5, 2014
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    What section2 said!! You may need to enlarge and go up a size
     
  6. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

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    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    Drill them out and tap them for the next size of set screw.
     
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  7. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Thanks guys, it was a used Chet arm and the holes are already enlarged.
     
  8. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    There's always a bigger size until you run out of surrounding metal.
    Or you could buy brass inserts with thread inside and out and screw those in.
     
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  9. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    All true but I don‘t want too much tinker :rolleyes: