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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by inoshishi, Jun 10, 2021.
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Welcome @inoshishi to the forum . Great advice given from all . I especially like what @Randy99CL has to offer . Just another word of advice from me ... I always advise someone new to Gretsch guitars that a Bigsby is really not made for " dive bombing " like that of the Floyd Rose . IMO the Bigsby is made for a more subtle effect . Enjoy and keep us posted
First of all welcome...beautiful guitar!
With the guitar being brand new, the strings have yet to wear in the grooves in the vintage Bigsby bridge, likely causing drag/detuning when working the Bigsby.
With a little time and patience, the condition should correct itself.
As far as the nut and the strings ''catching'', you may want to try a slightly smaller string gauge.
Keep us posted.
This one can be made totally tuning-stable. Do not fear. It`s easy.
Welcome to GT @inoshishi. Gorgeous guitar you've got there.
Heed the advice you're receiving from the experts here and you should be fine. Keep us informed on your progress IYDM. We learn as well from each other.
Thanks everybody! I'm going to play the hell out of this guitar and see if it will settle. I'm really grateful for all the advice and I will follow them as needed and will keep you posted. I'm in love with this guitar and bonding big time with it on Day 2!
That's great to hear. Guitars like more "play time," and it'll thank you!
One little thing will help, too: Do not put a lot of windings on your tunerposts. Less windings mean more tuning stability.
The Bigsby on my 6119 is very able to do that with a set of 010 strings. It`s a matter of optimizing everything.
The guitar is sounding fantastic! The neck action is superb. I'm starting to get a stable, smoky, and subtle Bigsby action.
A couple more photos for you guys.
I have the same guitar and they are great. You made a great choice. I changed the bridge foe a Tru Arch stainless-steel bar and filed the nut down to the strings. It now stays in tune, they were set in way to deep. The guitar now stays in tune with the Bigsby.
You nailed It in 2 sentences, string wrap, I use the 1 over and 2 or 3 under method, one of the first things I was ta besides how to tune using harmonics.
Don't blame the Bigsby too quickly. Next install roller bridge , they should be standard on all guitars with trems, am I right?
I've noticed ,and it may just be the light in the pics,but the western inlays look a lot whiter than they use to be.
My DSW has them aged and the new 55 i saw at my local a few years ago had them aged, just like Jim's geet above,have they changed this recently?
Welcome to GT inoshishi. Beauty of a guitar!
Just a quick update. The guitar has really settled in. I applied Nut Sauce to the nut and bridge and the tuning has become really stable. I can definitely say that I'm in love with this guitar. It's truly amazing. Thanks again for all your help.