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5Strats
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Edmond/OKC

Hello Blackbird
Dec 5th, 2012 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Darn you guys, now I've got a real jones for a 5125!

Listening to Brian Setzer, the Cramps and Reverend Horton Heat is also to blame.

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

Make it count
Dec 5th, 2012 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Uncle Pat,the light's on. By all means, send me a pic!

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 5th, 2012 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sent from the basement lair!

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

Make it count
Dec 8th, 2012 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I see the Pro Jet is now available in white, orange, or burgundy. Yum!!

Don't need GAS now, don't need GAS now...

Yummy Pro Jet

Beatlefreek

Canada

Living is easy with eyes closed
Dec 8th, 2012 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

F107Plus5: "Other than some of the components used to save money in manufacturing, the word "Cheap" sure doesn't fit these Guitars."

TOTALLY agree!!

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 8th, 2012 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And who among us hasn't opted for better components.
;)

Beatlefreek

Canada

Living is easy with eyes closed
Dec 8th, 2012 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Uncle Pat: "And who among us hasn't opted for better components."

True, and I am certainly one of them. But the craftsmanship of the guitar itself is what blew me away.

(This message was last edited by Beatlefreek at 08:08 PM, Dec 8th, 2012)

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 8th, 2012 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Absolutely. Very much in the same high-quality vein as the Japanese Squiers were back in the 80's. I bought one for the price point, but kept it because it's just a damn good guitar!
:)

Deep

Kathmandu, Nepal.

and your strange bewildering times...
Dec 9th, 2012 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a MIK Orange G5120 and I'm learining some Rockabilly tunes on it and will eventually mod it with better pickups and new bridge etc. I bought it for 600 something dollars back in 2009 and couldnt be happier!

wnstardis
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Chicago, IL USA

Bill~~~
Dec 9th, 2012 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Very much in the same high-quality vein as the Japanese Squiers were back in the 80's. I bought one for the price point, but kept it because it's just a damn good guitar!
:)"


Exactly, These are guitars that not only kept their value, but are actually gaining value in a challenging economy market. Regardless I'm keeping mine because it is such a good player and a tone monster with the Dearmond "Dynasonic type" pickups.

I replaced the pick guard on mine and will change out the wiring harness with a TV Jones if and when mine becomes troublesome, but other than the pick guard mine is bone stock and is totally gig worthy and reliable.



edited for syntax error

(This message was last edited by wnstardis at 02:42 PM, Dec 9th, 2012)

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 9th, 2012 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My plan is to stay stock on this one too, although I did install a treble bleed on the master vol pot this afternoon. I'm just too used to working with them on all my other guitars, so I felt it was necessary.
But the pups and wiring all seem to be doing what they're supposed to do, so it's time to get this out and make some noise.
First outing is Dec 20th...feel The Twang!

Axis40

Fredericksbu, Va USA

John F.
Dec 10th, 2012 04:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am also an owner of a 5127... Bought it back a few years ago... it had been hanging on the wall of the guitar store for a number of years already (it's an '04 transitional model). The Dearmond 2000's are awesome pickups, like a P-90, but smoother, not quite as raw. The twang better than a P-90, and do the smooth Jump Blues thing in spades.

The 5125-5129 were discontinued and replaced by the 5120 and 5122, which have now been replace dint eh catalog by the 54xx series (Made in China). Some of the new 54xx series are mighty tempting. I gotta say, I love the metallic green one...

The 512x series require very little updating (I have only changed out the bridge on mine). The 5120 and 5122 get a lto fo pickup swaps... but the new ones see very little changes as well.

Even though Electromatic is like Gibson's Epiphone line, they really are great gutiars. The finishes (all polyurethane and rather thick) and pots and switches are the biggest differences. The necks tend to be slimmer as well.

The biggest problem with Electromatic Gretsches? Thy lead to an addiction.... I have a ProLine Sparkle Jet (6129tls) now too. And lust after a few more.

Congrats on Uncle Pat on joining the Blue Gretsch club!

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 10th, 2012 06:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks John!
Lust...oh yes.
I actually had my '65 SG Jr out a few days ago, wondering if I could stand to part with it in exchange for a pimped-out Falcon.
I hope this eases up soon. ;)

(This message was last edited by Uncle Pat at 06:33 AM, Dec 10th, 2012)

wnstardis
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Chicago, IL USA

Bill~~~
Dec 10th, 2012 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pat, for what it's worth I had to do the Master Volume Bleed Mod on my 6128 so I don't attribute that to being an "Electromatic" model problem. It's just part of being Gretsch.

Not that I'm suggesting not to do the bleed cap mod, more like it's the Gretsch family trait that is either accepted or dealt with across the entire product line.


I still love them all and if I wasn't retired own a mess of them.



jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Dec 12th, 2012 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Usually in these types of threads and comments, folks are going to speak well of something they spent money on whether it's a good item or not. We've all seen the defenses.

No one wants to be seen as making an unwise addition to their herd.

However, in the case of the Electromatics, they are just darn good instruments with some quirks just like any other quality item.

My one take after having one and speaking with the gretsch community at large is the B-50 Bigsby is not the favorite, not the piece, and not the mounting location and I agree with it.

The string angle from the roller bar to the bridge is actually very sharp and may and probably does contribute to the sluggish action of the trem.

They note as I do that they placed a flat bottom bigsby on a archtop guitar and even in my own example, you can see the space between the top and the bottom of the bigsby. It's not bad, but it's not a perfect install.

Another note is that if they had still used the same model Bibsby but moved it back a bit, it would have been a better installation and perhaps they will take note of the in newer coming models of the pro jet.

Past that quirk, they are some really fine sounding and even as important, fine playing instruments.

I edited to add that the only item on the guitar that I don't care for, don't hate, but don't care for is the MOT pickguard. A silver or anodized gold one with the same Gretsch logo would have matched the more industrial chrome and steel look much better.

(This message was last edited by jay1vinton at 05:48 PM, Dec 12th, 2012)

Peegoo
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That chicken

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Dec 12th, 2012 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I gigged by Electromatic Pro Jet and it never let me down. Great guitar.

The new models look good, but *tombstone* markers on the fingerboard? It should be double thumbnails!

Bluesdoc1952

usa

workin' on a highline...baby
Dec 27th, 2012 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got an orange 5120 off eBay for under $500. The muddy stock pickups were removed and I put TV Jones Classics in. A good set up later and it is a great guitar. Maybe new tuners down the road, but only because I am an obsessive. Rockabilly tone like you read about, wonderful action and a steady, reliable Bigsby. I love it!

Uncle Pat

Central KY

Seasonal musician
Dec 29th, 2012 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just snagged an orange 5120 as well. Someone had spent some serious money on it...Compton brass bridge, TV Jones Supertron neck and Powertron Plus bridge.
Not a huge fan of the PP just yet...been tweaking on that quite a bit to brighten it up a little. May have to replace it with a Classic or Classic Plus but I'm not in a huge hurry. This will e a great axe to try some different things on anyway.

zenland
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avise la fin
Dec 29th, 2012 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's been a long time since I've owned a Gretsch and an old friend/bandmate from the 80's got me a used 5120 for Christmas. I wasn't expecting this at all! woot! Great looking (Orange) and playing axe. The ones I had from the past were both 6120 Double cuts.

Not planning to do much except raise the action a bit and a new set of strings.

Peegoo
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Dec 31st, 2012 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

WOW, that's a great Christmas gift! Nice!

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