Completed mods on 5420

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by claypainter, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    I think I'm done modding now.

    List of mods:

    Tru-Arc serpentune stainless steel bridge.

    New harness and pots (CTS pots and Switchcraft Switch)
    If you are going to do this I would recommend getting a pre-made harness from TV Jones. I did it myself and it was a pain... I may have saved a little money, but not lots and it was a headache. But... You know... pride and I guess I understand the workings of the guitar a bit more now.

    TV Jones Classic in the neck and Classic + in the Bridge
    But why? The black tops sound fantastic!
    1) Marketing (I am a sucker for it)
    2) While the blacktops sound great, I felt like they weren't super responsive to the tone and volume controls.
    3) Also I felt like I wanted a bigger tone contrast between the neck and bridge pickups.
    mission accomplished.

    Jack Plate

    Truss Rod cover




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  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Awesome! Looks great!
    I have a stainless steel Tru-Arc on my 5420 as well. I love it!
    How do you like the classic plus? Killer, right?
    I put one in mine as well as a T-Armond in the neck.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
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  3. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    Thanks, man.

    I do love the classic +
    It's like this. Let's say you know a girl that has the voice and face of an angel - she's the classic. Let's say that girl has a sister that wears fishnets has facial piercings and is slightly angry - she's the classic +.
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  4. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I can dig it!
    I agree about the blacktops. I liked mine, but after playing the guitar at a gig, I decided they didn’t cut the mustard for me. I added the classic+ and a classic neck, but then decided I hated the classic neck and went for the T-Armond. Two guitars in one!

    I added a TVJ wiring harness last weekend, but it was NOT easy. It would’ve been, but I added a mudswitch and a standby switch.
    I’m waiting for my switchtips before I start sharing pics, cuz with the black tips, it looks kinda lame.
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  5. Outlaw

    Outlaw Gretschie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Nice job you done there!

    Funny but I prefer the classic bridge pu over the classic +
    And I love the classic neck, right now I'm really enjoying hs filters.
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  6. LA Miles

    LA Miles Country Gent

    Dec 6, 2012
    just got my Aspen Green back after 6 months apart - it's a great guitar
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    HURRAAAAAAAAAAY !! :):):):):):):):):)
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  9. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    Dec 6, 2018
    Nice work!
    What is the emblem on the truss rod cover? Looks cool but I haven’t seen that before.
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  10. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    It's an Ogham letter that supposedly represents the poplar tree.
    I was born in a town named Los Alamos (which means the poplars in Spanish). I incorporate the letter into my stuff sometimes.
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  11. built2drag1985

    built2drag1985 Gretschie

    Feb 13, 2012
    North Dakota
    I always liked the Aspen Green color, but the mods you did just make it a killer looking guitar. Congrats on a sweet axe bud!

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Really great mods, claypainter! Congrats, I love your choices!
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  13. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Well done! The Aspen Green G5420 was what started this mess, I’ll never get rid of it ;)
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  14. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    It fooled me. I thought it was stitching and you were simply a football nut. Great job on everything.
  15. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    what a BEAUTIFUL guitar!!!!
    Just looks incredible. You must really be enjoying those new pups. Congrats
    You did an outstanding job.
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  16. G5422T

    G5422T Synchromatic

    May 24, 2012
    Sweet looking.

    Nice job.
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  17. ffooky

    ffooky Synchromatic

    Aug 21, 2012
    Oozes class. Did you need to unsecure the bridge to get the Serpentune intonated correctly? If it is bang on (or as close as poss) what gauge strings do you use?
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  18. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Great mods and beautiful guitar. Classic/Classic+ combo is made for the 5420!
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  19. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    Haha! Now I can't un-see the laces. I never thought of that.

    Thanks, ffooky. I did not unsecure the bridge, i.e., the Serpentune intonated correctly (or correctly enough not to be able to detect bad-intonation with the tuner that I have).

    I use 11s
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  20. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Oops! Sorry.
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