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Wilgore



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Jul 10th, 2016 08:38 AM        

I have a new 5422T with a bridge that isn't floating. What kind of mods would I need to do if I replaced the bridge with a Compton or something similar? <br /> <br /> Some of those bridges don't look like they have adjustable intonation- besides setting the bridge exactly where it intonates (if my bridge were floating). What would I need to do if my original bridge is planted into the top of the guitar? <br /> <br />



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Jul 10th, 2016 09:03 AM        

A bar-type (and the original Space Control) bridges have no facility for adjustment of intonation. You have to place the bridge in the correct place, which is a compromise for best intonation across all six strings. <br /> <br /> If you have a wooden bridge foot that's pinned (affixed) to the guitar's top, you stick with what you already have on there--if keeping the guitar stock is important to you.<br /> <br /> If not--you use the bridge you want and switch to floating style--or pin your new bridge where it needs to go. <br /> <br /> It's a guitar (and not a particularly collectable one), so drilling new holes in it isn't the end of the universe.



Wilgore



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Jul 10th, 2016 10:03 AM        

Hey thanks a lot- I'm not wanting to keep the guitar stock so I'd consider having the mods done. <br /> <br /> Are there tuneomatic style bridges that are better quality- something that I could just drop in there and replace the one I have? Or are they all pretty much the same rattly deal?<br /> <br /> Besides Compton bars- what others would you suggest looking at? I'm all ears. <br /> <br /> Thanks again for the quick replies Peegoo-



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Jul 10th, 2016 11:17 AM        

I have an aluminum Tru-Arc on my 6122-JR and it is excellent. A big improvement over the stock, TOM-type, tone-wise, it is also radius-matched to the fretboard. <br /> <br /> By the way, the stock bridge on mine was a floater.



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Jul 10th, 2016 11:56 AM        

I have a Gretsch Pro Jet Bigsby that came with a floating Space Control. I swapped it out with a Wilkinson roller bridge and pinned the bridge foot. <br /> <br /> I couldn't be happier. It returns to perfect tuning when I use the Bigsby and no rattles or squeaks.



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Jul 10th, 2016 11:57 AM        

This is the bridge.



Wilgore



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Jul 11th, 2016 11:50 AM        

Was the bridge foot that you pinned on your pro jet the stock one? Or did it come with the Wilkinson?<br /> <br /> Thanks again for all the input guys. I can't wait until my guitar is rattle free.



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Jul 11th, 2016 02:40 PM        

I used the stock foot.



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Jul 11th, 2016 02:54 PM        

The newer Gretsch Electromatic guitars have the bridges already pinned. My G5438T Pro Jet has the new style bridge.



Wilgore



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Jul 11th, 2016 03:28 PM        

That TruArc Serpentune (stainless) bridge looks pretty enticing. Sounds like its as simple as dropping in the bridge on my current affixed bridge foot. I like the sound of this even though it is a little pricey. <br /> <br /> On the other hand I would have to pay someone to drill and install another type of bridge- so maybe it's roughly the same out of my pocket.<br /> <br /> I don't have a drill and even if I did I wouldn't trust myself with accurate measurements. <br /> <br /> I'll keep you guys posted before I make any huge decisions. <br /> <br /> Thanks again for the help!



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Jul 11th, 2016 09:57 PM        

If you watch the Gretsch forums, there's a lot of enthusiasm for replacing the stock installed bridge.<br /> <br /> I encourage you not to make any huge decisions right away. First of all, the factory equipped "Adjust-O-Matic" bridges work pretty well. Brian Setzer still uses these (or equivalent}.<br /> <br /> If you still want a custom bridge, it is very important to decide which string set you want. Basically, the larger the string core wire, the further the bridge saddle must be from the nut.<br /> <br /> As far as I know, both the Compton and Tru-Arc bridges require that you slide around the bridge bases to get them to tune in. If you want a Serpentune bridge you also need to know if you're 3rd string is plain or wound.<br /> <br /> So, I say find your strings, tune them in the to AJM bridge, then your choices will make some sense.<br /> <br /> Lee



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Jul 11th, 2016 10:38 PM        

Love the stainless steel Compton I installed on my 5420.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Remember, Brian Setzer's Adjust-O-Matic bridges aren't made in China like your 5422's. He has a guitar tech too. ;o)



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