Bar Bridge Slipping

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by wyantz, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. wyantz

    wyantz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2020
    Henderson, NV
    Does anyone have a non invasive solution to bar bridge slipping on my '63 Tennessean? Thanks.
     
  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    A Gretsch's best friend for keeping a bridge base in place.

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  3. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

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    Thin double-sided tape.
     
  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    This ^^
     
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  5. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

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    I use super thin double-sided carpet tape on my 5420 - works fine and no tone suck.

    (Edited to add the word “tape” - makes a lot more sense now :confused: )

    That being said, I would probably use rosin on a proline. I’m not sure if they’re poly finish but I wouldn’t want to take chances.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
  6. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Two of my Prolines are lacquer, one is poly.

    FWIW, no issues on any of them using rosin.
     
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  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum, wayantz!
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  8. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

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    Yeah, since Gretsch "lacquer" finishes are actually lacquer oversprays onto a polyester base, they tend to be pretty thin... I wouldn't use any sort of tape with that type of finish. The rosin is more inert than most tape adhesives and much less likely to cause finish damage to the thin lacquer.

    I'm a long-time rosin man myself.
     
  9. wyantz

    wyantz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2020
    Henderson, NV
    OK, thanks you to everyone. I got some double back tape yesterday it does the trick. But, I will remove it and use the Rosin. Never used it before but I like the recommendation. So, next question. What can I use to safely remove any residue from the finish? Thanks again.
     
  10. wyantz

    wyantz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2020
    Henderson, NV
    Yes, agreed, that would help. I have Pyramid 11's on it now but I tune down a whole step. So, I'll need to address the slippage with something else. I like the rosin recommendation. Thanks Freddy.
     
  11. wyantz

    wyantz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2020
    Henderson, NV
    Hey CG, got the same rosin you suggested, came in today. How do you properly apply it to the bridge? Thanks ...
     
  12. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Just make sure that it's warm, and rub each side of the bridge base across it.

    I first get the bridge properly located for intonation and string alignment, then put down a little "painters tape" next to the base edges so the base, after applying the rosin, can be placed in the same location.

    Rosin is just hardened tree sap, so sometimes the outer layer of the bar is shiney and hard. Sand or scrape up the outside, and leave it in a sunny spot for a bit.

    You'll be ready to start rubbing the base across it

    Best of luck.
     
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  13. wyantz

    wyantz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2020
    Henderson, NV
    Cool, thanks CG!
     
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  14. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    You bet and no problem.
     
  15. wyantz

    wyantz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2020
    Henderson, NV
    Hey CG, thanks for the great instructions. It worked great! I put the rosin in the Nevada sun so it warmed up quickly. Rough-up the base a little, rubbed the base in the rosin, placed the base within the the tape boundries I measured, placed it in, pressed it down a bit, gradually tuned it up so pressure was gradual, evenly distributed, bridge centered, and its perfect. No movement at all. I really appreciate yours and everybody elses' suggestions. Thanks again my friends!
     
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  16. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Congrats, and glad that it worked out well for you.

    This is why, IMO, that this place is the best Gretsch forum on the internet.

    Folks share their experiences with others who have questions about all sorts of stuff.

    Enjoy your git more than ever now.
     
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  17. wyantz

    wyantz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2020
    Henderson, NV
    Hi CG, thanks again for the great tip on the rosin. It sticks like glue when playing and lifts off effortlessly when needed. I even use it to improve the grip on the pick. Nice one, thanks.

    I just posted a topic about replacing the heel cap on an old Gretsch. I would welcome any thoughts you might have on the subject. Thanks.
     
  18. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Thanks, but no experience with work like that.
     
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