I have a guitar equipped with a Bigsby Vibrato, and can't get a strat-style put in because it's a hollowbody, but I'd like to be able to raise the pitch higher with the vibrato arm without the spring falling out. Would gluing the spring to the arm damage the guitar or vibrato system in any way, or do you think it would work?
actually i have a LP with a bigsby, i had the same issue, i found out the strings will snap when you raise the pitch tho, but what i did was JB Welded a hook onto the bar itself then on the bottom i believe i welded the spring down with JB Weld so when i pulled up or down the spring diddnt move, like i said tho the strings kept snapping and completely ruined the resale of the guitar
don't raise the damn bar so much. if you only move it up a little bit, you still get a nice sounding raise in pitch without much risk of breaking strings or having the spring pop out. Bigsbys are NOT meant for doing huge pitch shifts (re any DragonForce song). they are for small pitch shifts that are for a minimal effect
That doesn't answer my question; the fact remains that I would like to manipulate the whammy bar without the spring falling out. Anyone else know whether or not gluing would work?
Super glue would work however, you would ruin the resale value.
ok, let me say this then. trying to glue the spring to the bar is going to destroy the bigsby! I've played (and have considered buying) many guitars with bigsbys on them, if you use them PROPERLY, the spring never comes out, thats how its designed!!! You need more practice with the bigsby, and need to stop trying to raise the pitch 2-3 tones!! Bigsbys are best for raising and lowering the pitch a semitone or 2!
Yeah, I kind of figured it would ruin the resale value. I was only planning on using the bar to raise it by three semi-tones for one performance, and now I'm thinking I could probably just duct tape it for the one show and then remove that so it won't affect the value of the guitar. Thanks to everyone for their advice.
bigsbys are made for vibrato, if you raise the pitch too much you'll snap the strings, a FR would be better for that
its true, ive learned my lesson since my experiment, i just diddnt want to hollow out a LP with a floyd or groove out the top for a Kahler, and at the time those were the only locking tremelos, bigsbys are more for you blues vibrato so essentially trying to raise up really more than 1 tone, will either mess up your tuning, which with a bigsby you cant avoid but this will completely F it up, or snap your strings and restringing a bigsby is not a inbetween song task