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    Just today I changed the strings in my Gretsch Electromatic for the first time, and it felt like a complete circus. The Bigsby has six pins where you insert the rings at the end of the strings. Never seen this before. I managed to do five sort or relatively quick, but the last one was like going on a fishing expedition. It took me forever to manage getting the ring through the pin (it was the high E string, close to the lever). In the end, because I figured something out or by sheer luck I managed to insert the ring through, but what a bother!

    The guitar looks, feels and sounds absolutely gorgeous (even though some folks argue that you shouldn't play jazz with a guitar pigeon-holed for blues, rock and rockabilly: but this is a super-versatile guitar, imho), but I'm not sure about the ease of this method for restringing the guitar.

    Anyone had a similar problem with this, or advice about replacing strings with this system?
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    With a Bigsby try this: first prebend the string close to the ball end (around a pen for example). Hook it to the pin on the Bigsby and fix it with an alligator clip so it won't slip off. Should make things way easier....
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    I allways thought the string thru was a better bigsby design.

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    I think it doesnt take a genius to figure out if you make pins just a little longer that problem wouldnt occur. But apparently geniuses dont work at Bigsby factory.

    Even when Duane Eddy specifically requested longer pins on his sig Gretsch, they still didnt get the message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxJaxon View Post
    I allways thought the string thru was a better bigsby design.
    It could be, but what slightly bothers me is steeper string wrap around the bar. More tension in the string end could potentially increase the string breakage. I'm only speculating, I'm not sure if it's true or not in practice, but it'd be my worry.

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    I do also have an electromatic, and for String changes I'd recommend the String change buddy. It's a foam wedge that holds your string in place.

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    The two essentials have been mentioned. The pre-bend first. I use a a small pliers. Put a full bend into the ball end of the string. You can then hook the bigsby post from underneath. I find an earplug perfect for the wedge part. Wedge it under there well so that the ball end does not unhook from the Bigsby post as you fasten the other end of the string at the headstock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    It could be, but what slightly bothers me is steeper string wrap around the bar. More tension in the string end could potentially increase the string breakage. I'm only speculating, I'm not sure if it's true or not in practice, but it'd be my worry.
    I would think the break angle off the tuners is more extreme and how often does a string break at that point.

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    A soft rubber eraser also works to keep the strings on the Bigsby pins.

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    Maybe the folks at Gretsch could come up with a simple device to ease getting the rings through the pins? Would they be reading this though...?
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    Rings through the pins? Seems difficult, if not impossible.

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    Yeah -- it's hard the first time. After that you figure it out. Pre-bend has already been mentioned and is the main issue.

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    The best git design with a Bigsby is one where either the Bigsby was removed or never installed :-)

    Seriously, the Gretsch forums at:

    The Gretsch Discussion Pages — Gretsch Guitar Forums: The Gretsch Pages

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    Gretsch-Talk Forum


    Are a wealth of info, but they absolutely do not tolerate ANY remarks like the one I started this post with!
    Regards,

    Gary

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    My point was that ISTM pins should go through rings, not the other way around. I'm not sure how one would get anything through a pin.

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    Has anybody mentioned the Vibramate yet?

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