#1
Hi.
I was wondering if anyone who has a Grestch G5122DC Electromatic guitar could answer this query.

Is your bridge attached to the guitar? Because the other day when I restrung it for the first time since purchasing it, I noticed the bridge was not attached to the guitar and therefore took me ages to restring it and get the bridge to the correct position! Are they all like this or I have got a faulty one!?


Thanks.
#2
It's a floating bridge, so it's not supposed to be attached. You can either change strings one at a time, or mark the bridge position using masking tape before removing the strings.
#3
Quote by telePlayerAZ
It's a floating bridge, so it's not supposed to be attached. You can either change strings one at a time, or mark the bridge position using masking tape before removing the strings.


Cheers for the info!

Why do some guitars have a floating bridge, what is the advantage of having it!?

Thanks a lot
#4
Quote by jacko_17
Cheers for the info!

Why do some guitars have a floating bridge, what is the advantage of having it!?

Thanks a lot


It's used when it is impractical to mount a bridge on the guitar, like on hollowbody guitars.
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#5
Quote by kangaxxter
It's used when it is impractical to mount a bridge on the guitar, like on hollowbody guitars.

this.

a floating bridge is basically the only way you can really do it on a fully hollow bodied guitar, because there's generally not enough wood beneath the bridge to hold the bridge posts securely enough.

if the side of a hollowbody can't hold a strap button in place very well, there's not much chance of the top holding a bridge that is attached using the same method, either.
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#6
Quote by kangaxxter
It's used when it is impractical to mount a bridge on the guitar, like on hollowbody guitars.

Why then does a pure hollow body like a Casino have a fixed bridge? How does it get away with it?

#7
that's a good point actually. you've motivated me to find out how that works. i always thought it must have some kind of wooden block between the front and back of the guitar that supports the bridge properly, much like some PRS hollowbodies.

i guess this can only easily be done with thinline hollowbodies.
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#8
Quote by CasinoEpiphone
Why then does a pure hollow body like a Casino have a fixed bridge? How does it get away with it?



Yeh, my epiphone dot 335 had a fixed bridge as well!
#9
I just restrung my Gretsch 5120 and had the worst time of my life putting new strings on and intonating.

Are Bigsby equipped guitars a pain in the ass to change strings on or am I just stupid?
#10
Quote by jacko_17
Yeh, my epiphone dot 335 had a fixed bridge as well!


Your Dot is not a full hollowbody. It's a solid block with hollow "wings."
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#11
Quote by RGallagherFan
I just restrung my Gretsch 5120 and had the worst time of my life putting new strings on and intonating.

Are Bigsby equipped guitars a pain in the ass to change strings on or am I just stupid?

yeah, bigsbys are a bit of a pain until you get used to them. i usually bend the end of the string around my thumb so it stays hooked over the pins on the tension bar a lot easier, and then use a capo to hold a little tension on it while i wind the string around the tuning posts.
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