Electromatics

Tuning Issues on a G5122

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Guys, I just replaced the Bixby with a regular G-Branded tailpiece. I suspected the Bixby was causing my tuning probs (Touch it - out of tune)

Now I note that when I bend my HIGH E the LOW E goes several cents sharp.

I have a professionally installed Bone nut and the original adjustable bridge.

Any ideas? Thanks from Ohio

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A pic of my bridge area if this helps

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It was not likely the Bigsby. Tuning problems are usually a nut in need of addressing. Either the slots too narrow for the string gauge or not angled correctly or both.

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Bigsbys can needs some tweaking sometimes but the bridge or nut more likely. I don't know about new Gretsch but the old ones I had just don't like really light gauge strings.

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I have a Bono Red Electromatic that pretty much sat around and watched me play the vintage Gretsch guitars for a couple years. I tried everything too. Addressed the nut, truss rod, tried nut oil, powder ect. nothing seemed to help (I too don't dig light strings, so 11-50). Sat in a climate/humidity controlled area barely being touched. Suddenly it started to stay in tune. I now love it! It got a nice upgrade with pickups, plastic and a Bigsby, due to the new found love.

What changed? I don't know. My theory is that the rock hard maple neck has finally relaxed and become a resonant part of the action.....???? That's all I can think of. Give it time, and put the Bigsby back on, for crying out loud!

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I had the same problem on my 58 6120 years ago, turned out all it was- was the tuners needed just a tiny turn on the screw for the knobs to solid them up a little. Never had the problem again.

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Just checked several of my other guitars, seem NONE of them are designed that way anymore??

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Give it time. I love mine now!

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Go back to the guy that installed the new nut. Tell him your problem and see what he thinks.


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