There's GOLD in them thar thrills!

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by sh4rkbyt3, May 13, 2019 at 2:57 PM.

  1. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    248
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    The arrival of my Brick's Biggs Fix Super Squishy Spring :)
     

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  2. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    248
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    This is for my G5420TG Electromatic. Not really crazy about the amount of pressure you have to apply to get some warbling so this should fix that quite handily and make it much more player friendly. Likely some more upgrades in the future too ;) .
     
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    don't forget to report back
     
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  4. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Congrats!
    I have 3 briggs squishy springs. I love what they do!
     
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  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I love them so much I bought 15 of them! One of my best decisions.
     
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  6. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    248
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Ok here goes with some observations.

    1) Do not give anyone on the verge of a nervous breakdown your Gretsch and ask them to change the strings for you, and for heaven's sake don't tell them your in a rush either.

    2) String posts on your Bigsby tailpiece are not made to cut pasta, even in an emergency.

    3) Read the Yogi Berra mantra over and over again at least 50 times: "Deja Vu, all over again" when the strings pop off of the tailpiece posts (Especially low E and A)!

    4) Never under any circumstances ever change strings on a Gretsch guitar without pants.

    5) If you have a friend who happens to also be a surgeon, ask him to align your strings for you and then sit back and watch.

    6) If your playing live, always have a backup Gretsch nearby and in tune.


    Other than those things the spring change went well actually. I don't feel as if I'm about to break the tailpiece or the strings to get a good octave bend out of them now. Also much less push down and pull up force to get an even better sound.

    I'd absolutely recommend the Brick's Biggs Fix squishy spring over the factory OEM spring anyday! Thankfully my bridge is posted too! Tailpiece isn't, which I wasn't aware of lol.

    A learning experience that paid off very well :).
     
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  7. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    248
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Just out of curiousity, does anyone else guard themselves as if their mother is about to beat them with a shoe when tuning the high E string? Me either, was just curious ;).
     
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  8. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Been there a time or two. Mainly, because I still remember when one did suddenly break. :(
     
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  9. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    sh4rkbyt3, I'm glad you posted about your Super Squishy, because a got a few last week, myself. I put a gold one on my 534TG Pro Jet, and man what a difference!

    Congrats on your SS!
     
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  10. Merc

    Merc Synchromatic

    987
    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Congrats on the great upgrade to squishy goodness!
     
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  11. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    248
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Really big difference too. I expected it to be a little easier but wow it's like ... well ... squishy now and it's a relief not feeling as if I'm gong to break something and then have agem bite the dust.


    Hahahah I really like it too! I'm definitely going to get another one for my White Falcon soon too. So much better than I thought it would be. I can't remember who originally posted it but I absolutley appreciate it :)!
     
  12. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    248
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Wasn't a simple upgrade by any means only because I've never changed strings on a Bigsby tailpiece but I wish I'd have known about this sooner. The stiffness in the original factory spring is really strong, way too strong for my taste but this BBF spring really did the trick :)!
    A must have upgrade IMO.
     
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  13. Merc

    Merc Synchromatic

    987
    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Every string change with a Bigsby gets easier. It beats paying someone to do such a basic thing. And I t’s really not bad at all if you pre bend the string right past the eyelet that slides onto the Bigsby.

    Maybe it’s only happened to me, but if you change all strings at once, make sure the spring is seated correctly too. One time mine looked like it was but wasn’t. My first and second string were doing this vibration sound with no sustainment. At first I thought my action was off do to weather.
     
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  14. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    248
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    I guess I must've gotten lucky then? I didn't pre-bend although I think next time I definitely will and I played it for a bit and did some medium bends both with all of the strings and then using the Bigsby and no problem. Thanks for the tip :).
     
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  15. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Yes! I had to change strings for a job so learned after a few mishaps, to drape a towel or strap over the string when changing.
     
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  16. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    My Mom didn't use a shoe.

    Used a wooden spoon instead.
     
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  17. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Was there something wrong with the back of her hand?

    I guess I shouldn’t complain. My dad used to be whipped or caned on his bare back.o_O
     
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  18. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    My parents never hit, spanked or slapped me ever. God knows I deserved it more than a few times. Punishment was only ever withdrawal of privileges. I must be a real anomaly. I used the same approach with my own children, but not with exactly the same success rate outcomes.
     
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  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    The spoon hurt more. Dad would use anything he could lay his hands on. Grandfather used a razor strop---which I still have. They were firm believers in the "Spare the rod" school of thought. Thankfully, it was rare.
     
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  20. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes @sh4rkbyt3 !

    All my Bigsby fitted guitars have now a BBF SSS and a BBF bearings front roller (on B5 and B7) and that's fine. I wouldn't go back...

    Add to this a TUSQ-XL antifriction nut.

    For stringing a Bigsby, here's a handy accessory that I use - not cheap, yes, but I really wouldn't part with !

    http://www.stringraytool.com/

    A+!
     
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