Ughhh...Is a Bigsby B7 a dealbreaker for anybody else?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Londonbus, Dec 21, 2021.

  1. bigears

    bigears Electromatic

    Jan 4, 2022
    [QUOTE="I would have to pull it apart to double check that size. ...
    ... I will send pics when I am done.[/QUOTE]

    OK I did pull it apart. The OD for a bearing would be Ø - 9mm with a ID of Ø - 6mm. In my neck of the woods I could either get MR 106 or MR 95 standard bearings and fluff around to make them fit. I saved myself the effort and ordered the BiggsFix.

    My ABM 2400 arrived today. I will wait for the BiggsFix to arrive before fitting it all together.
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  2. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    There is always Biggsfix like this (on a Pro Line Broadkaster):

    Or even this for hard tails:

    Last edited: Jan 10, 2022
  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    A more astute string angle after the bridge saddle = more sustain. There’s no arguing with physics. :)

    If a B7 feels better to you and you like the look too, go with it.
  4. bigears

    bigears Electromatic

    Jan 4, 2022
    That is what I ordered. (as well as the soft spring).

    BTW looking at that image on the G6659T Broadkaster it looks like the adjust-o-matic bridge is put on backwards. o_O
    The saddle string notches vary in size, you may have the "fat" strings in the "thin" strings saddle and visa versa.

    Or is that some kind of anti-establishment trend?
    F__ you, I won't do what you tell me! :D
  5. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    Lol, I didn’t look that closely at the pic. It’s one of my customer’s guitars. I wonder what would happen if he flipped it around
  6. DennisC

    DennisC Country Gent

    May 11, 2017
    The soft spring ... I only can speak for the Reverend one here, as these are the only two I own (I didn't know about the SSS then), but I love it.

    It may be a bit too soft for some, which also depends on scale and gauge ... for really heavy strings, think 12s or 13s or so, I guess I'd change back to stock, but a spring right between Reverend and stock Bigsby would be just about right for these. My Gretsches are equipped with 10s at the moment, and there, the Reverend srping is a spot-on match.
  7. mapotofu

    mapotofu Electromatic

    May 1, 2018
    Just stopping by here to mention I own three full size center block Gretsch guitars with the B7 or B70 and I have never been bothered by the tension bars.
  8. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    Never played a B7 equipped guitar but I’m sure I wouldn’t like it…….ha
  9. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    I need those post studs and doohinky that attaches the biggsfix.
  10. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    I have a bunch of the adapters, but didn't get around to putting them on the web store before leaving Alaska (getting the heck out of the cold). I'm operating out of AZ for a few months, but left the adapters in Alaska. I'm going back in Feb for a week and could grab a few. Are you looking for the SAE (USA) or metric (import)? I have both in both chrome and gold finish.
  11. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    Anybody that hates their B7, i need one for a Lester....:D
    For reals though...
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