Why did they do this???

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Flouswa, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Tele always wins in my book too!
  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013

    Me too!
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  3. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Got you fixed up Flouswa :D

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  4. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    weld the pivot points and leave the bigsby there for balance?
  5. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    It's quite easy, actually. You remove the handle and the spring, and you're done.
  6. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    That only works well on a properly designed Bigsby, unlike the crap ones they are using on some models! If I had it to do over again, I'd never buy a 2655T. It has really turned me on the whole thing. I didn't realize just how bad it was until I purchased a Tele. I don't like playing a guitar that goes out of tune partway through a song.
  7. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Now you know how us leftys have felt over the past 6 decades. Limited models, limited colors, limited choices and if you order one you wait forever. So stop crying already....:D;).
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  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    It's time the leftys had a big win! Long overdue!
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  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    A piece of metal pipe or maybe a brass pipe connector piece in place of the spring would do.
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  10. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    They burn heretics, you know...
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Punny typo?
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  12. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    It's really a beauriful guitar. Yeah the Color is Awesome. Really to bad it's not a righty. I love a Bigsby on a Gretsch.
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  13. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    You could remove the Bigsby and replace it with one of these:


    Angela Instruments sells them for $20. Or I could send you one for the cost of shipping from Canada. I have a couple of extras lying around.

    I think you'd still have one or two visible holes on top from the B70, but you could plug the holes with decorative screws.
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  14. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    The Bigsby on the 2655T is not a good match for that guitar. It sits too close to the bridge, and the tension roller gives it a sharp break angle which throws it out of tune. If you wanted to use the Bigsby, I'd recommend either running the strings overtop of the tension roller or replacing the roller with a Brick's BiggsFix. Since you're not a Bigsby fan, it sounds like a stoptail model would be better for you. Have you thought about selling your 2655T and replacing it with a stoptail 2655?
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  15. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    I have thought about that. I've also thought about just switching models entirely too, I did look at a Jet recently, one minus a Bigsby. I just liked the compact size and low weight of the 2655. I'd just switch brands, but I do like the sound of a Gretsch. I can't believe that Gretsch is still cranking out this crap set up. I thought maybe it was just mine until my duo partner started b*tching about hers not staying in tune either. And then everyone here as well. It has been sitting in the case since I bought the Tele.
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  16. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    I'm already going to h*ll, what's a little more fire???
  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    It's easy, just replace the spring with something solid.. like a 7/16" socket. Effectively makes it a hardtail.
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  18. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Same thing has stopped me from buying 1 or 2 geets,,i detest B7/B70's and B5/B50's,and every model in a colour i like has one.

    I use the Bigsby and like mine in B6 format ,never had a problem keeping them in tune.

    More G and V tails please.
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  19. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    FYI, there's a stoptail 2655 on Reverb marked down to $300 until 7:00 tonight...


    Just saying. :)

    When I bought a 2655, I chose a stoptail model and added a Bigsby B3 with a Towner Down Tension Bar. Best Bigsby setup I've ever had. It felt great and stayed in tune perfectly. Gretsch should really stop using B50s.
  20. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    I personally hate trems of any type.

    There, i said it.
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