How to restring the G2622?

Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by Jelly Roll Horton, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Electromatic

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Hey y'all. I got this beauty G2622 last fall, and it is a fabulous instrument. It's more than time to put new strings on it, but I can't find any instructions for how to remove the old strings from the G2622 Cadillac chevron tailpiece. The Gretsch owner's manual doesn't address this except for Bigsby guitars. There is nothing on Youtube (that I can find). I could use some direction here. How to correctly replace the strings on my G2622?

    Thanks. Glad to have found this forum.

    Jelly Roll

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  2. TW4990

    TW4990 Gretschie

    Aug 20, 2016
    Sydney Australia
    They just push out the back. Exactly the same as any other stop tailpiece.
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  3. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Electromatic

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Ha! Boy, do I feel dumb. I was thinking they went down instead of back, because of the way the tailpiece looks closed. But there it is. Thanks!

    By way of explanation or weak excuse, this is the first electric guitar I have owned, though I've played acoustic for years. I see a big learning curve ahead. :)
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in

    Howdy, Jelly Roll! Welcome aboard! If you've got questions, ask! You do have a learning curve ahead of you, but it's fun. As you already play, you've got most of it covered. Picking dynamics are important. The electronic aspect will be partially your ear and experimentation. Play with the knobs, start low, then turn things up till you find a tone you like. Enjoy the toys, as it were. Adjustments on the guitar, setting action and intonation is a source of frustration for some. Ask, read, go thru the archives and you'll find answers to most anything you'll need. Most of all, have fun!
  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, Jelly Roll Horton!
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  6. russmack

    russmack Country Gent

    May 1, 2017
    ballina australia
    Welcome JRH.

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  7. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Welcome friend , beautiful guitar and enjoy . Be careful , I think when you remove all the strings at the same time , the tailpiece may slip from the post' and may scratch the finish in that area
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  9. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Thunder gave good advice. Change them one after the other. It is easier.
    Do not put too much turns on the tuners.
    Stretch them in and change them regulary.
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  10. johnny g

    johnny g Gretschie

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Great advice from all at GT as always. I will add it is a great time to do a little cleaning and checking at this point. Be sure to knot those strings to prevent slipping.
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  11. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT Jelly!
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  12. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Electromatic

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Replaced them this morning, one at a time. Cleaned the fret board and put a small drop of oil on the saddles and a touch of graphite on the nut grooves. Stretched the strings and she sounds good. Named her Alice.

    Thanks to you all for your welcome and your help.
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  13. MarkyMac

    MarkyMac Gretschie

    Welcome Jelly Roll. And welcome "Alice".
    Here's an old song from 'down under' just for your new Geet. (Alas... looks like Smokie didn't play Gretsches.)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
  14. salvatore

    salvatore Electromatic

    Nov 29, 2017
    The Sea Ranch
    This community of Gretsch enthusiasts are suave and warm- hearted... that great Gretsch sound.
    I just joined this last week. I am looking forward to listening and learning while being entertained.
  15. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Electromatic

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Very nice song. I gotta learn that one. Thanks for posting.
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