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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / 6120 Setup Specs?

SoK66
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We had the hit but Van got the money
Jul 27th, 2010 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, my new 6120-1959 may be a killer, but it comes with a setup guide that is essentially useless: Not one single spec! There's nothing on the Gretsch website either. I had to reset the bridge because the seller loosened the strings before shipping and it moved enroute. No biggie I just set it like a Gibson. BUT, what would really help is some basic pickup settings. When I got it the 24 pole pieces were all extended quite a bit and it sounded way too thin. All I can find is a TV Jones Classic setup spec, which I tried last night & found to be much closer to what I thought a vintage Gretsch should sound like. Anyone got a link to some basic setup specs for vintage Gretsch's?

fitz

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Wanderin eye and a smokin gun...
Aug 8th, 2010 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I saw this and it provided some tips. Hope this helps.

Gretsch Setup Tips

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Aug 20th, 2010 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks fitz. My question was about intonation. Covers that real good.

SoK66
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Aug 23rd, 2010 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was more looking for relief, action setting and pickup adjustment recommendations. Never really found anything other than some pickup settings on the TV Jones site. I just set it up like a Gibson. Swithched it from 10s to 11s tonight, very good move.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Aug 24th, 2010 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just got mine so the 10's are still on.

daveycorona

penny lane,liverpool

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Aug 24th, 2010 02:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Definite improvement on my 3 gretsches when I put 11's on. Also, I put Tru-Arc bridges on all 3 to improve playability and action. Bit expensive but well worth it.

SoK66
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We had the hit but Van got the money
Aug 26th, 2010 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ditto, I just put 11s on mine and the improvement in tone is very significant. I plan to try 12s with a wound third next, but I'd be very happy with the 11s. My thought is that the 10s just don't tension the bridge or Bigsby enough to get the top to respond.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Aug 26th, 2010 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Where do you get the Tru-Arc bridges?

daveycorona

penny lane,liverpool

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Aug 26th, 2010 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in uk and get them from the following link. If you mail Deke there he may be able to put you in touch with US suppliers. Also, if you look at the gretsch forum a guy on there called proteus makes them.

UK dealer

SoK66
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Nov 10th, 2011 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Overdue update: Put 12s on it and it started playing and sounding like a proper Gretsch. These kind of make the tone blossom like I remember from the 60s Gretschs I had.

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