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5Strats
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Nov 14th, 2014 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

QUESTION - Would I really "need" to have work done on the bridge?

I doubt I'd use this guitar for live work, as I'm hooked on Strats.

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Nov 14th, 2014 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The OEM bridge is subject to vibration and rattles but replacement isn't absolutely necessary. Judicious application of nail polish may be enough to quiet down the stocker. My SS Compton was $70 well spent - it's a drop-on solid metal replacement for the Rube Goldberg collection of screws, springs, and pot metal.

Sanding the bridge base is a simple and very effective means of maximizing contact between the bridge and guitar top. The angles on the mass produced generic base don't necessarily match the curvature of your guitar top. Another tip I have learned from Gretsch forums is to use a little violin rosin to anchor the bridge. Mine stays put just fine without pinning or rosin.

These hollowbodies can also be subject to a weird harmonic resonance of the strings between the bridge and Bigsby. A really cheap fix for this condition is to slip three grommets between the three pairs of strings just downstream of the bridge.

I didn't mind investing in a few mods because I scored this brand new $875 guitar for $620 delivered to my door, but I can certainly understand your hesitance to buy an expensive project. As I said earlier, I'm lovin' mine!

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Nov 14th, 2014 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The specs state that the G5420T has a Rosewood-Based Adjusto-Maticâ„¢ bridge.

Is this different from the OEM bridge?

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Nov 14th, 2014 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

5, if you're hesitant about the bridge, maybe the 5600 series Electromatics would be worth a look-see.

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Nov 14th, 2014 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Is this different from the OEM bridge?"
OEM is an automotive term: "original equipment manufacturer"

Adjuso-matic is known as the Rattle-o-matic in some circles. Lots of parts to vibrate and buzz. The Asian versions are of dubious quality but the Pro Line versions must be OK - Brian Setzer doesn't replace them. You could replace the Adjusto-Matic on a 5420 with a better quality unit from an aftermarket supplier but the Compton is elegant in its simplicity and performance. Truarc also makes one-piece bridges popular among Gretsch folks. I'm in the Compton camp.


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Nov 14th, 2014 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dave. Buy the Gretsch. They're a lot of fun to play. That looks like a cool guitar.

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Nov 15th, 2014 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Dave. Buy the Gretsch. They're a lot of fun to play. That looks like a cool guitar."


Great advice. They are really cool guitars!
Definitely a different flavor than any other.

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Nov 15th, 2014 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really dig the aspen green model.

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Nov 15th, 2014 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only downside to Gretsch is the full-size humbuckers they install into some of the the Electromatics. They are known as 'mudbuckers' for a reason.

Once in a while though, you'll find a Gretsch with those pickups in it that sounds great.

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Nov 15th, 2014 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As I mentioned above, a big advantage of the 5420 over the 5120 is the Blacktop Filtertron pups instead of the really generic sounding Gretschbuckers (the muddy ones).

G5420T's rock!

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Nov 16th, 2014 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

adr2 - Thanks for the heads up on that model.

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Nov 20th, 2014 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a G5420T today in Gretsch orange and it was super cool. The Bigsby stayed in tune nicely and didn't have much play.

I just wish I could try it out with different guage and quality strings.

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Dec 23rd, 2014 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

capnhiho, I have a 5420 on the way. Why did you choose ss for the Compton Bridge and how did it change the tone from stock?
And why Compton over Truarc? Just curious & learning about stuff new to me.

telegib

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Dec 24th, 2014 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried one out in black and it is very cool. The open face Filtertron sounded very much like my MIJ G6120. I believe they are ceramic magnet Filtertrons on the Electromatic series.

The only issue on the one I tried was a rattling bridge but I'm sure that could easily be fixed. A heck of a guitar for the money though. Super nice finish and the Bigsby worked well.

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Dec 29th, 2014 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got that Gretsch itch recently too. Sandy Claws said I could so...I did.

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telegib

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Jan 1st, 2015 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like the one I tried. Nice guitar.

telegib

Canada

Jan 8th, 2015 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry. I just realized the one I tried was the single cutaway. I would love to try that DC model though. The body is a little thinner too.

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Jan 9th, 2015 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got my 5420 yesterday. It has the Gretsch sound to be sure. All those wonderful overtones sound almost like multiple guitars at once. It is also huge! It is beautifully crafted and plays great. The fit & finish are exceptional. The individual volume pots are worthless, more like on-off switches. The master volume does work like a normal pot, so I can compensate with that. Too bad, that to replace the pots that don't work with decent ones would likley void my "limited lifetime warranty".
The Blacktop Filtertrons are great. They chime clean & roar with Marshally OD & everything in between.
The Aspen Green is gorgeous, a pale grey-green. The binding & all is perfect. The Bigsby is OK. I'll lube the saddles & nut as a matter of course. Maybe a Compton bridge down the road.
I got it through Music Store Live- call & get their best price. I recommend them highly after this deal.
Except for the cheesy pots this is a real-deal Gretsch!

Edit to add a few things. I did a lot of research today and the volume pot peculiarities are common on Gretschs, even on some of the Pro Line models. It may have more to do with the circuit than with the actual pots themselves. That oddity may be something I just have to learn to work with.

On another note, the complex overtones of the 5420 make for a WONDERFUL SLIDE guitar, kind of like playing an electrified resonator. It is just really easy & pleasant to play slide on, nothing to fight at all to get a killer slide tone. Gretschs are not common guitars for slide but they should be!

(This message was last edited by 9fingers at 11:03 PM, Jan 9th, 2015)

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Jun 17th, 2015 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a G5422TDCG that had been pin striped by "Hot Rod Walt" two or three months ago. Great guitar for the money - and plays and sounds fantastic. I have a lot of guitars, most of which cost a lot more and this one is (and will continue to) getting it's share of gig time for sure.

Texican

Cypress, TX

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Jul 14th, 2015 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm tempted to get one of the limited run of lefty G5622Ts from Jerry's Lefty Guitars. The run is being offered in two finishes, blue with white competition stripes or white with blue stripes. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

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