Rubber piece on Bigsby Arm

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Landshark2020, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    925
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    I think they’re about as essential and useful as the thin foam under floating bridges and the plastic on pick guards.

    They disappear as soon as I unbox a new guitar.
     
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  2. Fat Bastid

    Fat Bastid Gretschie

    134
    Jan 16, 2021
    England
    I'm after a Black Ribbed Knobbler..
     
  3. Landshark2020

    Landshark2020 Electromatic

    91
    Sep 4, 2020
    95051
    Yeah, I agree, the black ones are totally useless, they fall off anyway. The tight clear ones look as if they are supposed to be there, I will leave those on for now.
    Thanks to all who replied.
     
  4. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    925
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    You devil!!
     
  5. Will Bogan

    Will Bogan Electromatic

    9
    Mar 2, 2021
    Oregon
    I just got a new 5420 and left it on for a few days but it looked odd to me so I took it off. I noticed there is a felt pad on the bottom of the tremelo arm which would be redundant if the cover was meant to be left on. But as others here have said it's your guitar so you can leave it on or off. I did save mine though just in case.
     
  6. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    I turn them inside out for my own pleasure!
     
  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    73
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    :eek::eek::eek:
     
  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    If you're concerned, I'll be happy to test the guitar for any Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Just ship it to me. I'll bill your insurance.
     
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  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The Custom Shop models are Ribbed for Your Pleasure.
     
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  10. YaDaddy

    YaDaddy Gretschie

    366
    Mar 16, 2020
    Marietta, GA
    THIS^^^^

    Black ones preferably. Glad to pay.
     
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  11. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    USA
    Never really understood What that little rubber protects against?
    Aesthetics?
     
  12. Landshark2020

    Landshark2020 Electromatic

    91
    Sep 4, 2020
    95051
    Sure, I will post it on Reverb for $350.oo usd and give you FREE SHIPPING!
     
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  13. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

    265
    Dec 19, 2014
    Indiana
    They are serious tone dampeners. I take it off and put it in the case in the event I ever have to ship the guitar.
     
  14. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    ... and leaves a big tip. Right?!
     
  15. bone

    bone Gretschie

    Age:
    121
    233
    Aug 9, 2020
    here
    they make pumps for this problem.. evidently YaDaddy doesn't need one..
     
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  16. Iansheridan1978

    Iansheridan1978 Electromatic

    32
    Feb 19, 2021
    Surrey
    Mine had a little felt dot on the underside of the tip... I took that off
     
  17. swampy

    swampy Electromatic

    8
    Oct 11, 2020
    uk
    Load up, load up , load up with rubber - - - - - - -
    Showing my age now :)
    10cc great band
     
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  18. Fat Bastid

    Fat Bastid Gretschie

    134
    Jan 16, 2021
    England
    Did somebody say RUBBER???

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. StratmanBob

    StratmanBob Electromatic

    11
    Oct 23, 2020
    Massachusetts
    I remove them, purely for aesthetic reasons. I always rotate the arm toward the rear of the guitar when putting in the case minimizing risk of damage
     
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  20. Emster

    Emster Electromatic

    9
    Jul 10, 2017
    Jomtien Thailand
    I kept my clear one on. I have a large ring on right hand and if I clank the arm with that comes right out of the pickups. I did once make an extension arm out of a spoon and rubber tubing that amazingly did work. The stock rubber helped make connection tight and silent. If I had any skills, tools and inclination I'd make a replacement arm from a spoon, preferably a tablespoon.
     
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