General tech questions

Is it possible to buy the “string-thru’ Bigsby bar?

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Now that "string-thru" Bigsbies are an official Gretsch offering, does anyone know if any parts dealers stock just the "string-thru" bar, rather than an entire Bigsby? Joe C?

Bonus points if the dealer also stocks the Duane Eddy handle

2

I don't know if you can get the Gretsch version, but you can get them from Callaham. I have one on a guitar, it's really not all that much handier than a regular Bigsby with pins IMO. Threading the whole string through that bar is fiddly too.

3

I've seen the Callaham ones. They look great, but I was hoping for cheaper, considering a regular Bigsby shaft costs $20. Worst case I can get the machine shop guys at work to drill one out for me.

4

That gets back to the old 'removable pins' thing where you could unscrew the pins out of Bigsbys made up thru the early 70s. I always hated the pins.

5

Having someone familiar with a drill would be the cheapest solution. How are the pins attached now? I have a Japanese cheaply made copy with the string thru setup. Seems to make more sense than the pins. I'm mot sure if there are break angle issues, tho.

7

Pins are now a "press fit" set up. Easily removed using a small Vice Grip.

– J(ust an old Cowboy)D

They may be press-fitted (though pull as I might with the vice grips it won't budge), but the hole doesn't go all the way through, so it'd still have to be drilled even if I could pull it out.

8

They should just lengthen the pins like Duane had them do for his signature model.

9

They may be press-fitted (though pull as I might with the vice grips it won't budge), but the hole doesn't go all the way through, so it'd still have to be drilled even if I could pull it out.

– Otter

Set your Vice Grip a tad smaller than the pin. Make sure that you grab the pin with the VG right at the bar itself. Lock it, and push/pivot the VG towards the bar. The pin will collapse and come out.............only 5 more times, and you can slide the bar out.

Yes, the holes will need to be drilled through using a drill press and the correct drill bit. Chamfer the holes and polish the bar. If you're shop buddy can help you out, it's a cheaper option than a machine shop, or buying the Callaham unit, which is a very quality bar.

Here's a vid on how Callahm removes the pins. For myself, I had better luck with the small locking Vice Grips:

Best of luck

10

I'd buy the Callaham model in a heartbeat if they did them in gold. My 6120s and Falcon all have gold Bigbys. Anyone know where to find them in gold?


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