Anyone seen this gadget for yer Bigsby?
Really, truly - I don't understand the difficulty here. Maybe it's just because I have used them forever
Well, I haven't used them forever - only about a year, actually - and I don't understand the difficulty, either. It's just not that hard.
If your used to a B6, try stringing a tele with a B5. You'll understand why it exists. Me thinks everyone crying that it's silly only has experience with a B6. I was scratching my head too for years when I heard people complain. I too thought they were just being babies. Then I put a B5 on my tele. Oh, now I see. Different animal. Impossible? not in the least , just needs extra attention. Still, 35-40 clams is a bit expensive...
I have a B5 on my tele. It's more difficult than stringing a B6 but still a breeze when you get the hang of it.
I don't mind changing strings on a Bigsby. It was the Floyd Rose guitars that got me. They drove me crazy! I sold all but 1 of them that I owned...and haven't touched it in a few years.
I always charged double for Floyd's, especially if they where out of whack.
I think Duane Eddy solved it with extending the posts. Easy fix. All we need is for Bigsby (Gretsch) to start manufacturing them that way.
Or they could just drill baby, drill.
Maybe not all of us have had to deal with a B-5 but I'm sure several have including me. I actually have the B-5 from hell and its still a breeze to re-string. If you'll notice, G&L routed the deck and sunk the B-5 flush when they built this custom for me some years back. Makes it though to get the fingers in there on the 1st...
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What's next, a gizmo that will wiggle the handle up and down for ya'?
I think I have owned guitars with every variation of Bigsby at one time or another and I've never had any difficulty stringing one. Just bend the ball end, slip it on the pin and string it up.
i've been futzing with Bigsbys since i was eighteen, and they're still a pain in the patootie. however, i'm dubious about the adapter gadget because as i posted in the vibrato-comparison thread, i think the reason the Bigsby sounds so pleasant is due to the radius of the roller controlling the rate of the pitch change. putting that plate on there seems like it would negate that factor and make it more generic/Strat-like, but without a Strat vibrato's range.
Pft, I took a page out of ol' Tom Sawyer's book and taught my wife to change strings. Sure it's a really really fun job but since she loves to do it so much I let her change the strings on all my instruments. So yeah changing the strings on that Bigsby is a breeze for me.
macphisto and other interested parties:
I installed one of these spoilers on a B-5 on one of my Teles HOPING that it would increase the rate of pitch change and make the B-5 with it's extra tention bar more responsive.
I wanted it to feel more like the B-6 or B-3 on my Gretschs. Well; it turns out that the strings after leaving the spoiler contact the roller (the one with the pins in it). They bend slightly over the roller before continuing on under the tension bar.
The strings remain in contact with the roller as you raise and lower the pitch with the arm. The contact point pivots with the roller bar as it turns. The strings do not slide across the roller bar but rather stay in contact at the same point and roll with the bar. The effect being: Exactly the same as if the strings were mounted on the pins in the original way. NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL.
So I removed the spoiler seeing I don't need it for easier string changes (the only thing it could be good for). I wasted $35 or so finding this out but maybe I saved someone here the expensive lesson.
When all you guys get arthritis in your fingers you'll wish you had bought one of these things...just sayin'