Poll: Safe Biggs?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by JeffreyLeePierre, Nov 7, 2019.

Do you keep the plastic protection at the end of your Bigsby arm?

  1. Sure. These days, one cannot afford unprotected tremoloing.

    9 vote(s)
  2. Tear it off immediately! That ruins your Gretsch's bling.

    57 vote(s)
  1. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Initially wanted to get some advice but decided to turn it into a poll instead of being the stoopid noob again.

    I've noticed lots of you have removed the plastic protection that come stock on Gretsch guitars at the end of the Bigsby arm. But some keep it.

    Thus that poll.
    Which requires comments about why did you keep it/removed it.

    And also: what's its intended use?
    Only protect the beautiful shiny bar during shipping? Long-term protect it when the guitar is stored in its case? Enable a better grip? Anything else?
  2. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Oct 5, 2009
    I didn't have the choice/option on my first Gretsch. So I left it on my second one and kinda like it. I'd love to have one.
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  3. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    Dec 6, 2018
    If you use the Bigsby very much you’ll get tired of pushing it back on. Like a set of pliers with loose grips.
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  4. andreww1962

    andreww1962 Gretschie

    Apr 30, 2019
    I have to admit I kept the condom on the Biggs for a few weeks lol, but I did take it off.
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  5. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I'm one of the weirdos that likes them... To the point that I have procured extras for my Bigsby- equipped guitars that didn't come with one.

    I like the extra traction it provides, particularly if I am just hooking the arm with my pinky while playing, or just pressing it occasionally with my fingertips on certain chord passages.

    I realize that it's not for everyone, but they work for me, and allow me to facilitate more precise pitch dipping.
  6. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    I always remove them. I've never really seen a need for them—I can't imagine how I might manage to scratch just the tip of my Bigsby.
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  7. MKunie

    MKunie Synchromatic

    Feb 8, 2012
    So by taking them all off and leaving them together, MAYBE they would multiply, Like rabbits! I only had one come with one, it is in the case.
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  8. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    While I've kept them on for a bit at first, I always remove them because sometimes I just slide my hand along the handle for a very slight warble..
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  9. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    It's been a year & I haven't removed it.
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  10. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Never been an issue for me as i only buy used ,and none have ever came with them.

    If they did i'd pull them off and bin them ,no wait ,i'd send them to Rob(tartanphantom)!;)
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019
  11. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I figured they were only there to protect a “for sale” item, and are to he removed, along with the plastic on the pickguard, immediately.
    musicman100, Outlaw, Zeek and 7 others like this.
  12. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I remove it immediately, hate the feel. I save it and put it back on if I’m going to sell the guitar:D
  13. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I've never had a Bigsby that came with one, so never had the chance to remove it.

    What are they like? Any good? Lol !
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  14. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    Dec 6, 2018
    If it was meant to stay on why don’t the Bigsby arm upgrades come with them?
    Just a thought.
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  15. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    I lost mine right away. No effect on tone.
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  16. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    I remove them. Seems like the intent is only to provide protection during shipping out of an abundance of caution. If they were essential, then the fit and finish could certainly stand to be improved, at least for the pricier models.
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  17. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I keep mine. I have sweaty hands that tend to slip on the Bigsby arm and the protective tips solve the problem for me.
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  18. afire

    afire Country Gent

  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Wiggle stick cozy?
    No need for it.
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  20. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I avoid plastic as much as I can. Give me cold aluminum any day.
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