Always The First Time... A Bummer!

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I don't break a lot of strings at shows, but when I do.......... (I know, waiting for the punch line...) I did happen to break an A string on the White Witch. I was singing the song and gracefully went into the lead break where I took the Witch off, set her down and picked up my Strat backup to wait a few more songs till break to change it.

Break came and I grabbed the Witch and my extra strings and went to sit down to re-string her.

I had the B-5 Bigsby added and have never put a string on one. Holy Crap! What a surprise! Getting that little string eyelet over that tiny nub... at my age with my eye sight......... It would have taken the rest of the show to make the change. So I finished the show with the Strat and it was ok.

A couple of days later I decided to tackle her again and fiddled for about a half hour with no luck. Get the one end and when I went to do the other end the eyelet came off. I put it down and a day or so later, a friend (drummer) came over and it took both of us a few tries to over come this monumental situation.

So I guess my question is........... is there a "technique" that one person can change a string on these monsters while keeping the stress level to an absolute minimum... in a minimum amount of time? (I really don't want to get the duct tape out or use vise grips...) :facepalm:
 

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Hi Six

I've read of a mod for Gibsbys where a new shaft with holes in inserted to make the restring process easier.

There are a few good posts on ESG from earlier this summer discussing.
 

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Cool... I look for those and look at the holes in the shaft. Would make it easier......... And never thought about a capo... but might help.

Can anyone change a string on a B-5 like mine in 4 minutes? (Gives me a goal to work for....)
 

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i take needle nose pliers and make kind of a crook in the string by the eyelete.kind of a half circle if you will.makes it easier to get on the Bigsby
 

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... I did finally figure the needle nose and the crook in the string out. But it took awhile.

That's two for the capo......
 

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I use one of those add-on pencil erasers - perfect shape to wedge in there and hold the string in place while you wind it. Works great and safe for the finish.
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Now THAT is an idea, and with a little practice one might be able to do it in less then 4 minutes. Hmmmmmmmmm gonna have to try that one! :thumb:
 

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As others have said, a prebend on the string will make it easier to attach, then holding it in place with a capo will keep it there while you attach the other end.

Also, Vibramate make a 'string spoiler' which should make the whole process really easy. I've not tried it, so can't recommend it myself.

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As others have said, a prebend on the string will make it easier to attach, then holding it in place with a capo will keep it there while you attach the other end.

Also, Vibramate make a 'string spoiler' which should make the whole process really easy. I've not tried it, so can't recommend it myself.

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This.
 

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I pre-bend the string, too. But, you don't need a needle nose pliers. I just do it with my fingers to make a little hook-end.

Then run the little hook-end you just made under the front tension roller, back toward the string roller.
As others have said, a prebend on the string will make it easier to attach, then holding it in place with a capo will keep it there while you attach the other end.

Also, Vibramate make a 'string spoiler' which should make the whole process really easy. I've not tried it, so can't recommend it myself.

Vibramate-Spoiler6120A-640.jpg

I don't think the Vibramate spoiler will eliminate the need for a capo, though. It looks like you'd still need to maintain tension while stringing to keep the spoiler from falling off the string roller.

But, it would obviously eliminate the need for prebending.
 

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Now THAT is an idea, and with a little practice one might be able to do it in less then 4 minutes. Hmmmmmmmmm gonna have to try that one! :thumb:

I've been stringing the B-5 style on my SG since I got the guitar around 1987. I don't think I've ever done it that fast.
 

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I don't think the Vibramate spoiler will eliminate the need for a capo, though. It looks like you'd still need to maintain tension while stringing to keep the spoiler from falling off the string roller.
Only if you change all of your all of your strings at once, in the case of a busted string the tension from the other strings'd hold it in place.
 

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Only if you change all of your all of your strings at once, in the case of a busted string the tension from the other strings'd hold it in place.

I usually do change all my strings at once. I use the opportunity to do other things, as well, like clean the Bigsby, clean the fretboard, and similar stuff. So, I like to get all the strings off.

I'll tell you the truth, I have never once broken a string on my Bigsby-equipped SG.
 

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... I don't normally either Smitty......... Bigsby or regular, but in this case I was really getting into it during a show. And it was the A string at that. I NEVER break the A string! :facepalm:
 


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