The Workbench

Callaham upgrade: Worth it?

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Hi Folks!

Anyone here done the Callaham string shaft and/or front roller upgrade? I understand the shaft swap would make it easier to restring, and the front roller being grooved would in theory keep the strings from sliding on the bar ever so slightly when doing Bigsby work, but I'm not sure if it would make a huge difference. (sort of the ol' "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" thing )

Has anyone here done the upgrade? What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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Perfect, that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for. Thank ya Sir!

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Perfect, that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for. Thank ya Sir!

– subvamp

You bet and you're welcome.

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I have one guitar I put the Callaham bar on, and I have not felt any kind of urge to do it to any of my other Bigsby equipped guitars.

That said, I can see how they'd be super useful for a B5/B7 type Bigsby with the tension roller. Those are a PITA to change strings on.

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I have an extra one that I'd like to sell, never used, still in bag it came in. If you are interested PM me and I'll give you a good price on it.

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PM sent

– Don Birchett

sold, thanks Don!

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I have one. 2 things. The string ends don’t seat well into the counterbore - some do, some don’t. The last time I changed strings, the end wire wrap near the ball would not fit to pull through the G hole. Kind of frustrating. I agree with Walter on the B5/B7.


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