The Bigsby Stay In Tune Gretsch Bigsby Kit and How Sta-Tuned for Bigsby Works is fully explained below which includes Telecaster Bigsby Kit and any other guitar equiped with a Bigsby Tremolo from Fred Gretsch Guitars.
The biggest reason why your guitar goes out of tune is when you play or string bend or use your Bigsby. The strings want to move ever so slightly at the nut which you can't see..
If a string moves at the nut by one thousandth of an inch (one third the thickness of a hair), the tone of that string changes by one fret or 1/2 of a full tone.
So, a very small amount of string movement at the nut causes an enormous change in tone.
To prevent the tone from changing, there are only 2 things that you can do:
1. Allow the strings to move freely through the nut
2.Prevent the strings from moving at all through the nut
The beter option that we prefer is #2 which is to prevent the strings from moving through the nut.
Here are all the beneifits that you will get:
Strigs are attached in slots on top of the bigsby, no more wrap under
No alteration to your guitar therefore preserving it's value
No more altering and polishing the Nut string slots
No more need for proper string winding
No need for string hold down bars
No more need for locking tuners
No more need for Nut Lube
No more need for graphite
Now You Can Finally:
PRACTICE THE TUNE, NOT THE TUNING
1. You must absolutely prevent all the strings from mooving at all through the nut. Allowing the strings to slip easyer through the nut presents a whole world of other issues and problems.
2. You must absolutely allow the bridge to rock or move which will prevent binding at the bridge. The strings do not move very much with a Bigsby but the bridge cannot restrict that movement.
Methods To Keep a Guitar in Tune
Most people don't think that this will work without fastening the String Lock to the wood however it does work and here is the reason why.
When the strings are clamped or tied to each other, they now prevent each other from moving microscopically through the nut. At first I didn't think that this would work also, but it does work and here's why:
Now that all the strings are all tied together. There is now 6 times more friction between the string bundle and the nut plus the large wound strings prevent the small slick strings from moving because they all have to move a small amount together and they are now all restricted by the TOTAL ADDED FRICTION of all the strings now including the large wound strings now binding at the nut as one unit.
The total added friction is what prevents the small strings from moving at the nut.
The String Lock is part of the Bigsby kit.
It is the String Lock that keeps your guitar from going out of tune while playing!
A quick note about Roller Nuts
There is not enough string movement to make the rollers turn and overcome the Roller friction, contrary to popular believes.
You will not be able to tune your guitar due to temperature changes after installing the String Lock.
You must install the Fine Tuner for Bigsby by removing the arm and spring and re-assemble them after installation.
Install all of your strings to the top of the 6 levers of the Fine Tuner (TOP LOADING) and to the tuning gears of your guitar and tune your guitar as you normally would.
After you tune your guitar normally, clamp all your strings together with the String Lock between the nut and the 1st and 6th string tuning gears.
Now your guitar will go out of tune.
This is why you need the Fine Tuner on your Bigsby because as soon as you install the String Lock, your guitar will instantely go out of tune and you cannot tune your guitar with the normal tuning gears anymore because the strings will not move through the nut.
You don't have to remove the String Lock when your guitar goes slightly out of tune the next day which will be caused by temperature and humidity changes, and not by your playing.
You just re-tune with the Fine Tuner.
If you break a string, you only loosen two of the four screws on 1/2 of the String Lock and insert the new string in between the two clamping surfaces of the String Lock. Tune up the new string with the tuning gear and re-tighten the 2 screws after tuning. Then you can re-tune with the Fine Tuner.
A quick note about roller bridges
There is not enough string movement to make the rollers turn and overcome the friction.
In addition to fine tuning capabilities, you also have the option, from the standard tuning to go to drop D tuning or DADGAD or any other tuning that you prefer because of the amount of adjustment on each string from the thumb screws is extra large.
You can also fine tune any string with your right hand while holding a full chord with your left hand!
SO TO SUM IT UP:
The String Lock coupled with the Fine Tuner for Bigsby is like a good pair of shoes,
ONE IS NO GOOD WITHOUT THE OTHER.
The bridge used with a Bigsby can be of any design however it must be able to rock or move with the movement of the strings as originally designed and intended by Paul Bigsby the designer and inventor.
"IF THE BRIDGE DOESN'T ROCK, YOUR GUITAR WILL STILL GO OUT OF TUNE AT THE BRIDGE INSTEAD OF THE NUT"
SO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BRIDGE ROCKS AND ROCK-ON...