Bigsby: down only?

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  1. sausagefingers

    sausagefingers Supporting Member

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    Can you make a Bigsby "down-only" so it does not float, similar to decking a strat bridge?

    I am a Bigsby novice: just got my first Gretsch and I am concerned about string breaks during a performance and there goes the tuning....
     
  2. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    I don't think so, but you can get it tight enough so that it doesn't move easily.

    I would never play a trem guitar without a backup by my side.
     
  3. kelvinator60

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    Nope. Just grab a classic vibe Tele or something else inexpensive as a backup. Use heavier gauge strings (move from 10s to 11s etc) and it will sound better and you will break them less.
     
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    Bigsby's not really affected by string breaks the way some other floating trems are. Change your strings regularly and keep a backup.
     
  5. Rockinrob86

    Rockinrob86 Supporting Member

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    I have a bigsby on my les paul. I use it heavily both up and down:


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    I have graphtec saddles, a well cut nut and I use d'addario 11s. I havent had any more tuning problems than I had before I installed the bigsby. MAke sure you are correctly stringing your guitar at the headstock. I use a locking wrap at the tuners.

    The bigsby was intended to be used in both directions
     
  6. josuwa

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    I have a B5 on my SG 61 RI, Grover tuners. No new nut. Works perfectly.
     

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