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String Thru Bigsby-Not Thrilled

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by LA Miles, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  2. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    517
    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Good point. Whenever I break a string on any of my "normal" Bigsbys, I'd be hard-pressed to find that end of the string on stage let alone worry about getting it off the post. They tend to self-eject like shell casings. Sometimes I run across them during load-out.
     
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I have some troublesome high e-string ball ends in backloaded Teles and Strats that just won’t come out without persistant prodding.
    My guess is with each string bend I’m somehow slightly burring the ferrules. Maybe in a few years they’ll have worn out enough for the ball ends to simply fall out. :)
     
  4. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Greenville, SC
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    ...and then there are just better designs!!

    Not as cool as a Bigsby...but I will race and smoke anyone with a Bigsby, in a string change competition
     
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  5. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    The very first time I restrung a Bigsby, it was a tension-bar model and living hell for my inexperienced hands. These days, I restring a Bigsby without conscious thought and it’s never a problem. I think it’s a case of “new and improved” a solution to a non-problem.

    Is that something they serve in Australian Starbucks? :)
     
  6. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    It's what the politicians in the Federal Parliament imbibe all day long....:(
     
  7. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    Well, you gotta look like you’re doing something, especially if you aren’t. :)
     
  8. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Their main defense for inaction is distraction.
     
  9. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    I like the Douglas Adams notion that politicians are there to distract us from real authority. I think there’s a grain of truth to that.
     
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  10. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    If only we could get them to stop talking about themselves long enough to actually focus on running the country, things would improve for the general population. I gather that we are not alone in this problem....;)
     
  11. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    I think it’s universal.
     
  12. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
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  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
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  14. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Nah, not as long as they're not taken too seriously. Great place to chat, look at guitar pr0n, get help, share music...
     
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  15. Lee Erickson

    Lee Erickson Country Gent

    Apr 20, 2009
    Eagan, MN
    Well, first of all, I think that we should respect guitar string wire (music wire) as one of the strongest substances available. Some natural things, such as spider sthresd are out there, but so much available.

    Getting a guitar string tuned uses a big part of it's strength.

    The conical holes in the Bigsby bar don't bother me much, but the kink coming out the other side does.

    My thinking is to go with it. If it breaks, add a winding around the Bigsby shaft. Then let Gretsch know about it.

    Lee
     
  16. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    That could prove to be the break point. I much prefer the traditional Bigsby arrangement. I have never lost a string from breaking at the Bigsby end.

    I did a calculation of the yield point of steel a while back. I believe there is a fair degree of margin for the average string when tuned to pitch.
     
  17. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    This is the first ive heard that the string through is an issue. It sounds to me like a manufacturing defect, and should be replaced by Gretsch or FMIC.

    there is no reason a string through shouldn't work, its quite simple. Having one defect shouldn't mean that the idea itslef is bad, just as if a string peg on a regular bigsby was defective, it would be silly to write off all bigsbys with pegs.

    I think you should contact them for warranty repair or pay for a Callaham string through.
     
  18. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    Sep 23, 2011
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    Larry, this might be a silly question. Are the ball ends on all strings the same size?
     
  19. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
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