Hopefully Quick Question - Why Won't My Arm Stay Down?!

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Hammerhead, May 13, 2018.

  1. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Don't know what the hell I'm doing wrong but I'm putting strings on a Squirrel 51 fitted with a B500 and the arm won't stay down?!

    By which I mean it's raised above the fretboard and the spring keeps falling out.

    What am I doing wrong?!

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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
  3. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    My guess is you attached the strings to the bigsby such that they are going under rather than over the shaft.
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  4. TNO1

    TNO1 Electromatic

    Apr 17, 2018
    North Carolina
    Bigsbys are so cornfusing!
  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  6. Gretschman2

    Gretschman2 Country Gent

    Apr 8, 2013
    Enetai, WA
    I thought from your thread title alone that it could have been due to having a beer in your hand. :)
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  7. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    It's a not uncommon affliction known as knowitallitis. A famous sufferer of this disease is Hermione Granger.

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  8. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Help me out fellas!
  9. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    Feb 16, 2013
    Looks to me that the low “E” string is the only one installed properly.
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  10. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    Delightfully un-PC and you beat me to it Audept. I wouldn't have been able to come up with that pic but would have said something about the beloved "leader" but that might have got me banned for a month or more so - well done mein Führer!

    Sadly non of us are helping you Hammerhead but at least you can see that we're a bunch of fun lovin' idiots. There are, however, some amongst us who should be able to help you out so be patient, I'm sure somebody'll be along to help you before too long, but if he answers to the name of Speer then be aware that he is an architect and not a genuine guitar tech.
  11. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Oh yeah. I'm an idiot. Thanks!
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  12. Willie D

    Willie D Gretschie

    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    All those round parts that the strings touch on a Bigsby are known as "the learning curves." You've got a B5 which not only has a learning curve, but two.
  13. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    Aug 21, 2014
  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Mystery solved .......Ta-da ... ( see , told ya a photo would help ) Glad it all worked out
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  15. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Can't really blame a learning curve, I've had my Gretsch since 2003 and never been so dumb before.
    I'm in Scotland. I had enjoyed a whisky or two. :)

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  16. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN

    Well then, there's your problem... you only had two!
    I thought is was a well-known fact that stringing a Bigsby requires at least four drams... and that's just for beginners... experienced Bigsby folks generally go for at least half a bottle. But don't worry, you can work your way up to it!


  17. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    Bought my first Gretsch 59 years ago and I'm hardly alone. Well before the internet. Okay...y'all know where I'm going...so I'll shut up!
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  18. radd

    radd Synchromatic

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    We all have our idiot moments, most of us are lucky enough to correct it before folks realize we are idiots. :D
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  19. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    You had us until we saw the photo. Clever.
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