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Old March 8th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got a new 5120 and I love it. I havent been playing long, but I have always loved the Gretsch since I saw Brian Setzer on Mtv in Stray Cat videos when I was a kid. A little apprehensive about the floating bridge (always scared it is moving when I bend strings above 15th fret), but the guitar sounds so good.

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Old March 8th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum.
We'd like to see pics of your 5120.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Greetings Jughead... I haven't heard that name since my Archie comics
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Hi Jughead, welcome to the forum. +1 for pics!
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Old March 9th, 2012, 04:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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welcome!
we have a load of tips and tricks for that guitar
do a quick search for "violin rosin" and 'sand down bridge base'
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Old March 9th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old March 9th, 2012, 06:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old March 9th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Its a plain 5120 box stock but i love it cuz she's all mine.

Did the search about the bridge and I willdefinitely do that. Im going to take it in to the shop to check the trussrod and intonation soon. Ive had it since the end of Dec. What is a good way to mark the bridge in a non tacky/ugly way so that I can take all the strings off and oil the fretboard. After I get it back from the shop it will have the bridge perfectly set so I dont want to move it to sand it and rosin. I was thinking tiny marker dots or something but I would like any good/cool ideas. I also hate the idea of ugly stickyback tape on my beautiful finish. Thanks all for the kind reception to your forum.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Put on blue painter's tape to mark the location. Remove the bridge and strings, oil the fretboard, restring, replace the bridge, remove the tape. Voila.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 10:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Its a plain 5120 box stock but i love it cuz she's all mine.

Did the search about the bridge and I willdefinitely do that. Im going to take it in to the shop to check the trussrod and intonation soon. Ive had it since the end of Dec. What is a good way to mark the bridge in a non tacky/ugly way so that I can take all the strings off and oil the fretboard. After I get it back from the shop it will have the bridge perfectly set so I dont want to move it to sand it and rosin. I was thinking tiny marker dots or something but I would like any good/cool ideas. I also hate the idea of ugly stickyback tape on my beautiful finish. Thanks all for the kind reception to your forum.

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Jug, you don't need anything for your bridge. I have mine set up and intonated for the strings I use. If I'm going to take the strings completely off the guitar I'll just run a little strip of making tape down the line where the bridge is supposed to go. When I restring I just move the bridge up to the line. When the guitar is restrung I take off the tape. There's a lot of angst regarding a floating bridge but it is unfounded. There's really nothing to it. Don't give it another moment's concern
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There's a lot of angst regarding a floating bridge but it is unfounded. There's really nothing to it. Don't give it another moment's concern
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Old March 10th, 2012, 09:47 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Nice Gretsch Jughead! Congrats.

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Old March 10th, 2012, 12:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Jug, you don't need anything for your bridge. I have mine set up and intonated for the strings I use. If I'm going to take the strings completely off the guitar I'll just run a little strip of making tape down the line where the bridge is supposed to go. When I restring I just move the bridge up to the line. When the guitar is restrung I take off the tape. There's a lot of angst regarding a floating bridge but it is unfounded. There's really nothing to it. Don't give it another moment's concern
Thats the post I was hoping would come up. Im new to guitars and stuff and I am leary of messing with it. I have an old 80's Hondo II Les Paul lookalike that I wouldnt hesitate to take a grinder to though.

Thanks for the tips and encouragement guys.
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Old March 10th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old June 14th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hola Jughead. No worries on the floating bridge. Let go of your inner control freak. If wanted to play in tune you should have chosen something other than guitar. And if you're gonna bend the strings at one end... floating can be good when your swiming, then it's probably ok diving into the deep end of the six string universe.

ON the other hand, I used an industrial grade staplegun on mine. Works awesome!


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