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Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by spinwards, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. spinwards

    spinwards Electromatic

    Aug 11, 2017
    Madison, WI
    I've been listening to a lot of The Reverend Horton Heat, but haven't been able to get that sound from my G&L ... To get a little closer, I just ordered my first Gretsch, a G5435 in gold. No Bigsby, unfortunately, but I can always add one later. I should have it by tuesday.

    Besides a basic setup and some new strings, is there anything else I need to do to get the best out of it?
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  2. nickurso

    nickurso Friend of Fred

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Welcome to gretsch talk. Congratulations on the new guitar. I'd say get it first and play it before you mod it. Usually the first thing most people change is the bridge. But play it first and see how you feel about it
  3. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, spinwards! Nick's advice above is very good. Spend a little time with it before you make any decisions about changes.
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  4. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Welcome to Gretsch Talk. Congrats on the new guitar. Love the Rev. we need pix though when it arrives.

    A Bigsby is easy to add and certainly necessary if you want to play like RHH.

    Agree with the above. The most common first replacement is the bridge, usually either a Compton (made by GT member workknot) or a Tru Arc. You'll find people disagreeing on which is better, but either will make a difference.
  5. TW4990

    TW4990 Gretschie

    Aug 20, 2016
    Sydney Australia
    Congrats on the new Guitar.
    Set it up in standard trim and i doubt you will be disappointed. They are nice to play.
  6. Gretschman2

    Gretschman2 Country Gent

    Apr 8, 2013
    Enetai, WA
    Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new Gretsch.
  7. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Despite the above comments, adding a Bigsby to this model isn't quite as easy as it is on the hollowbodies, plus you will have the holes from the tail piece to deal with.
    You can add a Bigsby B3 and use the tailpiece holes for a Towner tension bar.

    But yeah, play it like it is first and see what you think.
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  8. spinwards

    spinwards Electromatic

    Aug 11, 2017
    Madison, WI
    The b3 w/ towner bar looks better than the b5 that ships on some of these guitars. Thanks for turning me on to it!

    I am definitely not modding it until the 45 day return period is up. I ordered it from mf, which is a bit of a gamble, but the price was too good to pass up.

    I can't wait to see the gold top and hear the filters through my amp!
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  9. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
  10. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Welcome to Gretsch-Talk spinwards!

    I played a used 5435 Pro Jet Gold Top in a local music store, and thought it was a wonderfully playable guitar. I should have bought it on the spot, but while I thought about it, someone else bought it. Recently, I bought the 534TG FSR 2 Tone Red/White Pro Jet, and I am loving playing it. No mods at this point, and I may end up leaving it just as it is. I would agree with the play it a bit and see what you think before you mod approach.
  11. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT spinwards!

    Congrats on the new geet sir.
  12. NickGretsch

    NickGretsch Synchromatic

    Aug 30, 2011
    Cornwall, England
    Welcome to Gretsch Talk Spinwards.

    Hope you get closer to 'that sound'
  13. Hydroman

    Hydroman Gretschie

    Feb 29, 2016
    FUNtucky, Ca.
    The guitar will play fine without a Bigsby or any other mods. Replacing the Bridge is essential , and easily reversable if you dont like it.
  14. Mag3

    Mag3 Synchromatic

    Nov 22, 2016
    I love mine with the B3 and Towner. 20170728_111229.jpg
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  15. Mag3

    Mag3 Synchromatic

    Nov 22, 2016
    BTW welcome to the forum and congrats on the new Gretsch!
  16. spinwards

    spinwards Electromatic

    Aug 11, 2017
    Madison, WI
    That looks fantastic. I love the silver sparkle finish.

    Did you need to get replacement tailpiece studs to mount the Towner?
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  17. stiv

    stiv Gretschie

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Hey, welcome to the forum!
    Your inquiry about Bigsby and Towner just made me want to ask an opinion. I'm about to have a NGD myself as I pulled the trigger on a Jet Club so the question is: due to the guitar's dimension, is it better to install a B3 with Towner or a B7 (it happened a sort of bargain came my way on a used one, I'm tempted..)?
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  18. Mag3

    Mag3 Synchromatic

    Nov 22, 2016
    B3. B7 and B70 are a tuning issue waiting to happen IMO:)