First steps getting the 6228 ready for a Bigsby

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by radd, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    I always considered this addition on my first 6228, never did it. Gonna make it happen with my 2nd 6228

    I did a number of friction reducing upgrades to my 5420 that has resulted in a completely bullet proof Bigsby from a tuning stand point. I’m doing the same with 6228.

    I’ve made the first two such changes to the 6228, ABM 2400 roller bridge and a Zero Glide nut, it already has locking tuners. Crazy, I put a Zero Glide on my Gibson but replaced the stock nut to sell the guitar. The Zero Glide I shaped for the Gibson with the SS fret was a direct drop in on the 6228. It took 5 minutes to install, I did not even need to remove the strings.

    I’m planning on going with a B3 Bigsby with the Towner bar. They have a set up for Jets but I want the V Cut B3 and I can’t tell for certain if their replacement end piece also fits the V Cut. They have not responded to my email yet.

    ABM bridge and Zero Glide nut

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    The Towner system


    The B3


    The replacement hinge



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  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I'd wager V cut should work great as long as you're not wanting to use the Towner hinge plate spacer block. That's the only part that would be incompatible because of the V-cut's hinge plate.

    The V cut B3 + Towner bar + Compton + Zero Glide has been an awesome setup on my 5655 Double Jet FWIW.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2021
  3. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    Zero glide and ABM in a 5422 here. The bridge was the first change.. the zero glide nut and decking the bigsby didn't throw it out of tune. Winning combination imo. Toss in a couple of T-Armonds and ....

    Great that the zero glide you took off the Gibson was a drop in fit as well! Good luck with the Towner bar and the V-cut.
  4. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    May 1, 2018
    Good luck with the add on! I’m in love with mine as-is; I love the freedom of no bigsby but I always am on the lookout for peoples 6228 mods. I don’t see nearly enough of these out there. I’m still waiting for a stainless steel Tru Arc for mine.
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  5. Desmosedici

    Desmosedici Electromatic

    May 2, 2021
    Cool mod though!
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  6. adauria

    adauria Gretschie

    Dec 22, 2016
    Wake Forest, NC
    I kinda wish my 6228 had a Bigsby, but I absolutely love the guitar as it is and won't mod it at all. Now if I had 2 of them like you do, yeah, sounds like a great mod!

  7. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Actually, I only own one. I had one before and like a dummy I sold it. I fixed that problem. :D
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  8. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    It should look great. Looking forward to seeing it completed.
    Last edited: May 6, 2021
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  9. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    I just noticed that there is now a G6228TG Players Edition Jet which comes with a Bigsby (B7GP string through) and gold hardware. Available in Cadillac Green, Midnight Sapphire and Walnut Stain.
  10. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    Or something like this from BricksBiggsFix E9CF46AF-D8C9-4A3C-9BE2-FAC3B2915E0F.jpeg 2C9E10FA-4FCF-49B1-8DCB-B602F3D103EF.jpeg
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  11. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    If you go with a B30 instead of a B3 you can get it done with NO drilling and you don’t have to buy the adapter plate necessary for the B3

    Here is a video of the BricksBiggsFix system

  12. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I added a V Cut B6 to my Dad’s 2622 with a towner bar, and with the regular triangle hinge on a Gretsch Bigsby, I was able to anchor it down with the strap button to line it up. 86ACFC63-CD05-48BB-A113-1DC77039E4F1.jpeg
    I still drilled and used the rest if the hinge screws, but I didn’t even have to.
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  13. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    I did think the same when Radd put the thread up but then realized that the new ones with the bigsby have gold hardware over silver and I must say that personally I'd prefer the silver hardware.
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  14. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Here’s my 5220 Jet with a v-cut 81077F98-10BF-4014-9A68-E735F31747DA.jpeg Bigsby
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  15. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    I'm about to do the same mod on my 5220, but I'm going with the G tailpiece. At first I was not completely won by the combo Towner + G tailpiece but we put all the pieces together at my guitar man's shop and it looked ok, so I decided to give it a try.
    I could always add a B3 later, but to be honest I have a Bigsby on all my guitars and I just wanted one with easy string change, only the V tailpiece it's just not for me. :)
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