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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by LA Miles, Feb 10, 2018.
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.
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.
...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
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?
It's what the politicians in the Federal Parliament imbibe all day long....
Well, you gotta look like you’re doing something, especially if you aren’t.
Their main defense for inaction is distraction.
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.
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....
I think it’s universal.
Love that, I'm nicking it...
The premise of a guitar forum in a nutshell.
Nah, not as long as they're not taken too seriously. Great place to chat, look at guitar pr0n, get help, share music...
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.
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.
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.
Larry, this might be a silly question. Are the ball ends on all strings the same size?