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Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by MrAstro, Sep 3, 2019.
MrAstro, well done. Beautiful guitar, loves me some Fairlane Blue
Well I've got the action pretty nice and dialled in now. I'll tell you what - the quality control can't be too bad!
Congrats sir,love that blue myself!
Very nice snag, I love mine too. My profile pic is me playing the 6120SSU I had to sell to pay for medical expenses and yes they are a different animal - but the 5420's are a terrific instrument in their own right
Now y’all are making me miss my 5420TSIMS which Tony bought, modded in every way possible and promptly sold.
I might contact the person i sold it to.... just on the offchance they got bored with it yet.
You did great
That comes as no surprise to 5420 owners. Congrats on your new beauty.
Well I've been playing it a few weeks now (quite a lot of hours each day) and I have to say it's still nice and I haven't changed my opinion. I did wonder if anything would annoy me with it but no... I did have to file the nut a bit to get that to the right height oh and tighten the output jack which came loose. Both of those things are normal with even much more expensive guitars sometimes of course.
I have even begun to wear the frets a bit. I do play a lot each day though.
Some very nice playing on your YouTube channel. I really like those glass display cases for your guitars, that is a great way to display them and keep them at the ready.
I was about to get one of those 5420's, that's what brought me in, but for some reason the 12-string 5422 on the shelf next to it just grabbed me, and the 4th of July sale price at GC helped. One may still be in my future someday.
More than a few of us have added input jack plates for various reasons, mostly to protect a potential weak point. I used a Gibson jackplate which fit perfectly, but the stock jack was a bit short, so I upgraded that to a Switchcraft L11 (money well spent), did a couple of aesthetic changes (gold plastic appointments), and added an ABM2400 roller bridge. Very happy with mine still to this day.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to upgrade the stock Bigsby spring to one of @Setzerhotrod’s squishy springs. I bought a Reverend one (best $10 I ever spent) before I knew he had them.
Like rockinforJesus I did similar upgrades to an already great guitar.
Jack plate, dressed the nut, ABM roller bridge and shaped the bottom of the bridge base to match the guitar top.
Funny you should mention that - I noticed that too. I was just getting motivated to do it at some point
That was a great guitar! I still think about it sometimes!! Sounds like you do too.......