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Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by sh4rkbyt3, May 13, 2019.
The arrival of my Brick's Biggs Fix Super Squishy Spring
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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I have 3 briggs squishy springs. I love what they do!
I love them so much I bought 15 of them! One of my best decisions.
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 .
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 .
Been there a time or two. Mainly, because I still remember when one did suddenly break.
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!
Congrats on the great upgrade to squishy goodness!
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 !
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.
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.
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 .
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.
My Mom didn't use a shoe.
Used a wooden spoon instead.
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.
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.
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.
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 !