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Stiff Action
on: November 16, 2011, 04:24

Hi Folks;

I have two Bigsby equipped Gretsch guitars.

1. A G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman with a moveable wire arm – smooth as butter.

2. A G6120 Chet Atkins with a fixed wire arm – stiff.

The G6120 requires twice the pressure that the G6122 does and I was wondering

if this is considered normal?

I know the two guitars have quite different bridges but I doubt that would make such a difference.

Any suggestions as to where to start to get my G6120 more like my G6122 ??

Thank you


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Re: Stiff Action
on: January 27, 2012, 09:56

I am no expert by any means.

In fact I only just got my first Bigsby equipped guitar.

But, I know that if the slots in the nut or saddles are not wide enough for the string gauge that can cause and issue with the Bigsby moving in either direction.

I have also read that some people like to use graphite based "lubricant" (in quotes as I think it's a powder and not a liquid as one would normally think of a lube being) to cut down on the friction between the string and the nut and bridhe saddles.

Some players even opt for a graphite nut.

So, I would suggest taking your guitars to a good repair guy or luthier and have the nut and saddles checked.

Another thing that may be an issue is if your bridge is a bit high causing a step angle for the strings to move back and forth across.

Keep in mind that I am just making possible suggestions based on things I have read about and observed. As I said I am no expert. My thinking could be completely wrong and I could be full of "stuff" for all I know.

Anyway, I hope I've helped.

Guitar player for 28 years. Enjoys 50’s and 60’s rock & roll as well as country music and blues.

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