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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / Just tried a Compton Bridge on my TR .

Deacon Blues

RIP: Edward Abbey

January 29, 1927 - March 14, 1989
Apr 9th, 2011 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I hadn't noticed any rattles or any problems with the stock adjustable bridge. The only complaint I had was the guitar didn't stay in tune when I used the Bigsby. I'd accepted this as part of the package.
After installing the bridge, retuning and setting intonation(all of a 5 min. job), the guitar is louder, easier to play(matched radius now), has an increased sustain and just rings. Plus, it stays in tune better when using the Bigsby.
I purchased the aluminum bridge which is the brightest sounding bridge Compton makes. I'm curious about the brass and titanium bridges and their tonal characteristics compared to the aluminum.
Has anyone else tried these bridges or the Tru-Arc bridges?


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"Lost Money Magnet"
Apr 9th, 2011 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put an aluminum Tru-Arc on my 6122-JR and love it. Huge improvement in both tone and tuning stability over the stock TOM-type. Big Bends Nut Sauce also helps to keep things slippin' and slidin' smoothly with the Bigsby.

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"Lost Money Magnet"
Apr 9th, 2011 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Deacon, which TR do you have? Filters or HiLos?

Deacon Blues

RIP: Edward Abbey

January 29, 1927 - March 14, 1989
Apr 9th, 2011 10:13 PM   Edit   Profile  


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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 3rd, 2012 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm trying to decide which bridge to get for my 6120-1959.

All I can find on Tru Arc is a 2010 price list. Emailed and haven't heard back yet.

Compton is easy to find and now to choose. Brass is the one that stands out the most to me on the sound clips.

It has Filtertron pups.

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 10:01 AM, Jan 3rd, 2012)

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El Californio

Jan 6th, 2012 01:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am seriously considering one of these in brass for my Duo Jet. Looked into Tru-arc also but the Compton look appeals to me more (price too.)

Check out this guy's test of the Compton stainless steel vs Gretsch's stock adjustomatic bridge:


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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 6th, 2012 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tru Arc - Tim emailed back and thinks mine has a 12 inch radius but I'm finding 9.5 and 12 on the Gretch talk forum.

Just called Gretsch, and according to my serial number, this particular model is the only one with a 9.45 neck radius. Glad I called.

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 09:04 AM, Jan 6th, 2012)


B.C. Canada

Do your best, fake the rest
Jan 24th, 2012 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ordered a brass Compton for my G5120. I'll post after I get it and install it.


Fredericksbu, Va USA

John F.
Jan 28th, 2012 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had a 5127 for a few years and had a roller bridge on it since it was new. But I've been curious about the Comptons....

But recently dropped some one on a 6129tl (Blue Pearl babay!) and am seriously curious about replacing the space bridge... but want to play it for a while first.

I'll be curious to hear more results form the different metals!

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Kansas City, Mo.

counting it all joy
Oct 30th, 2012 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Compton Titanium on my Gretsch 5120 JR.
and I love it---and the pickups are TV Jones Classics--


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Nov 7th, 2012 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm brand new to the confusing world of Gretsch guitars. I just purchased a G5435T Electromatic Pro Jet gold top with the B-50 Bigsby, on Saturday last.

The very first thing someone told me was to investigate the Compton Bridge.

So I've been looking at their website to get proper ideas on diminsions and spacings, but first, I'm going to learn the guitar itself and get used to the bewildering tone and master knobs.

Soundwise, I couldn't ask for more with the Blacktop Filtertrons in this price range, but man, Gretsch Guitars are a confusing bunch of numbers and letters...;-)

But I will probably install the Compton due to appearance and the improved performance that is so highly recommended.

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