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Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by wyantz, Aug 10, 2020.
Does anyone have a non invasive solution to bar bridge slipping on my '63 Tennessean? Thanks.
A Gretsch's best friend for keeping a bridge base in place.
Thin double-sided tape.
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 )
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.
Two of my Prolines are lacquer, one is poly.
FWIW, no issues on any of them using rosin.
Welcome to the forum, wayantz!
Heavier gauge strings?
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.
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.
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.
Hey CG, got the same rosin you suggested, came in today. How do you properly apply it to the bridge? Thanks ...
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.
Cool, thanks CG!
You bet and no problem.
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!
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.
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.
Thanks, but no experience with work like that.