Anybody have any experience with the Callaham string-through bigsby shaft?

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  1. Logan

    Logan Member

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    Hey, I'm thinking about getting a couple of these. My main concern is that it will increase string breakage. I'm thinking about getting one for my Tele and my SG, but before I do that I would like to know if anybody has any experience with them and if they increase string breakage.
     
  2. WallaceWinston

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    I don't know, but I would like to know.
     
  3. Dave Johnson

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    Save your money!
    Pull the pins & drill it out.
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    It's easy to do and you'll save $40.
    I've set up over a dozen guitars this way.
    No string breakage and as easy to restring as a regular stop tailpiece.
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    How would you go about drilling it out?
     
  5. Dave Johnson

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    First, pull the pins.
    I use a side cutter to lever em out. Don't snip em off. A small vice grip pliers will also work.
    This gives you ready made pilot holes to guide your drill.
    I use a 3/32 bit for the plain strings & a 7/64 bit for the wound strings to drill thru the bar.
    Drill the bar thru then lightly chamfer both side with a 13/64 drill bit.
    You only want to go as deep as the bit is wide for the chamfer. Tread lightly here or you could go too deep if the bit grabs.
    And keep a pic of the Calliham bar handy for reference.

    Notice the handle stop nub on the Bigsby handle bracket is also missing.
    This is a handy mod that lets the handle rotate 360 degrees.
    Calliham sells them that way too, or do it your self & save $45.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Calliham sells fine products. And I think they do have a valid place in the market.
    But I'm a cheap do it yourself kind of guy with a bunch of fabrication experience and a lot of tools.
     
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