Modern Gretsch Guitars

New 6118T! Wanna change the tremolo arm to Chat Atkins style!

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Hi, Im new here, from Sweden, and just ordered one of these:

http://www.gretschguitars.c...

But Im thinking of changing the tremolo arm to round Chet Atkins style.

But where to buy? Dont wanna get some cheap knock off. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Welcome to the GDP and congratulations on your soon-to-be new gorgeous guitar!

I've found the best place for Bigsby parts is here:

https://www.tubesandmore.co...

You should be OK with one of these: https://www.tubesandmore.co...

And this: https://www.tubesandmore.co...

The bracket can be attached to the existing Handle Bracket. If you want to replace the whole thing, look at this: https://www.tubesandmore.co...

The "advantage" (according to many) to replacing the whole assembly is that the Chet "wire arm" will be able to swing over top of the strings -- there is no "stop" on the bracket like on the standard flat-arm brackets. Personally, I prefer having the stop.

I've replaced the flat Bigsby arms on all my guitars over the last 10+ years except for the new Broadkaster Jr I bought 3 weeks ago. I like the Chet "wire arms" much better in a lot of ways.....

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If you just exchange the handle (not the whole assembly), can you turn the Chetarm enough to close the guitar case?

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Thanks!!! Ive been dreaming of Gretsch guitars as long as I can remember, Got a couple of LPs and Fenders but really never got the chance to got a proper Gretsch! Im really stoked about this guitar purchase! Thanks for all good links and stuff, will order right away!!!

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If you just exchange the handle (not the whole assembly), can you turn the Chetarm enough to close the guitar case?

– Stefan

Of course.....just rotate the arm further away from the strings, towards the controls and it fits just fine.

I've never understood the need some folks have to rotate the arm up and over the Bigsby. Like a lot of folks, I don't like the fixed arm but I don't want it rotated way beyond reach because I use it. I have it just far enough away from the strings to grab easily and not be in my way.

It seems a common practice when guitars are for sale to see the arm, for some obscure reason, rotated back across the Bigsby. It just looks obtuse to me to put it there to be out of the way.

My Gibson CG and 6120 both have the 'stop' on the arm's bracket and the Super Chet doesn't. Irrelevant to me.

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Hi, Im new here, from Sweden, and just ordered one of these:

http://www.gretschguitars.c...

But Im thinking of changing the tremolo arm to round Chet Atkins style.

But where to buy? Dont wanna get some cheap knock off. Any ideas? Thanks!

– LabLord

Welcome aboard to all things Gretsch! You sure picked a beautiful model to start out with! just a thought. If you find the spring a bit stiff, with either arm, order a softer spring from Reverend. It'll solve that problem and they're very cheap!

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Welcome aboard to all things Gretsch! You sure picked a beautiful model to start out with! just a thought. If you find the spring a bit stiff, with either arm, order a softer spring from Reverend. It'll solve that problem and they're very cheap!

– Windsordave

Ahh!! Great thanks for the tip!

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Welcome aboard sir,and congrats on the new geet!

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Welcome aboard sir,and congrats on the new geet!

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Welcome aboard sir,and congrats on the new geet!

– JCHiggy

Thanks!

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Of course.....just rotate the arm further away from the strings, towards the controls and it fits just fine.

I've never understood the need some folks have to rotate the arm up and over the Bigsby. Like a lot of folks, I don't like the fixed arm but I don't want it rotated way beyond reach because I use it. I have it just far enough away from the strings to grab easily and not be in my way.

It seems a common practice when guitars are for sale to see the arm, for some obscure reason, rotated back across the Bigsby. It just looks obtuse to me to put it there to be out of the way.

My Gibson CG and 6120 both have the 'stop' on the arm's bracket and the Super Chet doesn't. Irrelevant to me.

– Windsordave

Agreed -- no problems fitting the wire-arm version in cases.

Just for "safety" -- I slide a cotton glove finger over the tip of the arm to prevent possible dings to the wood top of the guitar. One cheap pair of cotton gloves will service 10 guitars!

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Welcome to the GDP and congratulations on your soon-to-be new gorgeous guitar!

I've found the best place for Bigsby parts is here:

https://www.tubesandmore.co...

You should be OK with one of these: https://www.tubesandmore.co...

And this: https://www.tubesandmore.co...

The bracket can be attached to the existing Handle Bracket. If you want to replace the whole thing, look at this: https://www.tubesandmore.co...

The "advantage" (according to many) to replacing the whole assembly is that the Chet "wire arm" will be able to swing over top of the strings -- there is no "stop" on the bracket like on the standard flat-arm brackets. Personally, I prefer having the stop.

I've replaced the flat Bigsby arms on all my guitars over the last 10+ years except for the new Broadkaster Jr I bought 3 weeks ago. I like the Chet "wire arms" much better in a lot of ways.....

– senojnad

They were fast! I ordered the tremolo arm after you have posted this and now I got mail from DHL Express that they´ve allready shipped it!!! Great! Ill guess I´ll get the tremolo arm before i get the guitar!?!

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That's good news. You can get a head start by holding the arm and playing air guitar!

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That's good news. You can get a head start by holding the arm and playing air guitar!

– Windsordave


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