Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by inoshishi, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. inoshishi

    inoshishi Newbie

    Jun 1, 2021
    I received my very first Gretsch from Sweetwaters today. It's been an exciting day to say the least. I love the tones I'm getting and the neck feels very comfortable for my hand size.
    However, I'm having serious tuning stability issues with the Bigsby as well as just bending strings. The Bigsby throws the tuning completely out. If I bend a string, it definitely catches on the nut. I would really appreciate your advice on this matter.
    Anyway, here are some photos I took today. I think it's a beautiful instrument. IMG_8833.jpg IMG_8834.JPG IMG_8835.JPG
  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012

    Beautiful git.

    Is it safe to assume that you removed the foam pad under the bridge?
  3. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    I had the same issue but as I used the bigsby a bit more, it disappeared and the guitar stayed in tune. I was told here that I received a 'stiff one' :). Good luck.
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  4. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Beautiful guitar!
    Give it a chance, have a little patience to let things settle, stretch and fit together.

    Stretch the hell out of the strings. Put some pencil lead in the slots in the nut. Work the Bigsby and watch what the bridge does and if strings are hanging up there.
  5. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    That is a gorgeous guitar. Hope you sort out the tuning.
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  6. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Get it setup properly. It’s pretty cheap and worth it. make sure the nut and saddles are right. If you can’t a guitar tech should be able to.

    Also thicker strings will help. 10s or 11s. And as @juks said it will settle in too.

    Pics or it didn’t happen.
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  7. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Yep. Get that nut properly dressed for Bigsby usage. Use at least 10s or more. Stretch those strings out REALLY good. It’ll take a minute. CONGRATS on a simply stellar Gretsch. The full hollow and the Dynas are a wonderful combo……I know full well. :)
  8. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Graphite in the nut slots, assuming it's cut well. Otherwise, have a tech look at the nut.

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  9. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    Congrats on the new Gretsch! As suggested, perhaps give it a little time. Most of the tuning issues with the Bigsby can be attributed to the nut. If you are comfortable doing it yourself widening the slots at the peghead side of the nut so the strings aren't going around a sharp corner to the tuning peg can help minimize the strings "catching" at the nut. If you aren't familiar with working on the nut a decent luthier should be able to tell you if the nut is the problem and fix it in minutes.

    Just one possibility of course, there could be other causes, but this seems to be one of the most common. Also, I am not a luthier or tech. I am just going by what I have seen here. Others with better qualifications will no doubt chime in :D.
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  10. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, inoshishi! Some good advice in the posts above.
    welcome mat orange.jpg
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  11. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
  12. MKunie

    MKunie Synchromatic

    Feb 8, 2012
    It is a fantastic guitar and yes get it to a good tech and specify that you need the nut and bridge checked and polished. It worked for mine! Big Bends Nut Sauce on the nut and bridge and you should be good to go
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  13. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

    Apr 14, 2020
    Welcome! Beautiful guitar!
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  14. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    It just needs a set up, mainly the nut dressed as others have said. Teething issues with new Bigsbys and new owners is very common.

    Dress the nut and use a locking string wrap. The locking wrap can be found on YouTube.

    Patience, the guitar will be perfect soon.

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  15. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Gretschie

    May 15, 2020
    My first thought too
  16. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Congratulations on that beauty!
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  17. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Congrats, that is a fantastic guitar you have there.
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  18. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Hello and welcome to Gretsch-Talk. Great and beautiful guitar you chose as your first Gretsch. Congratulations.
    Lots of good advice above to follow in stabilizing the tuning. Good luck.
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  19. Bob Perrone

    Bob Perrone Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017
    allentown, pa
    Yup, don't go below 11's for string thickness, lube the nut and PLAY it - it will come to you. Also, remove the packing under the bridge!
    If still an issue get a tech to look at it for adjustments, but I don't think that model/build should need it. It's new and a bit stiff which is typical. My Country Gent came to full bloom after just a few days of playing. No adjustments needed, just needed some breathing room.
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  20. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT inoshishi!

    Congrats on the most beautiful of Gretsches ever made...imo.:cool:
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