Modding a 5120 - 6120 lookalike

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by rockabilly-rebel, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. rockabilly-rebel

    rockabilly-rebel Country Gent

    Jul 21, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    No problem guys - just remember it's the "Rebel Overlay" :D
     
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  2. built4speed

    built4speed Synchromatic

    520
    Mar 9, 2010
    Canada
    Something I wouldn't have thought of for an overlay, but a very ingenious choice. Well done! Now, to see if I can find any near me.
     
  3. JohnnyRingo

    JohnnyRingo Gretschie

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    Jul 13, 2008
    Georgia
    Pretty cool,even though I was privy from the jump....:pSeriously,that was a very clever idea that took the whole job to another level and in a classy way.I bet it was a lot of fun.:cool:Hats off.:cool:
     
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  4. Duo Gent

    Duo Gent Gretschie

    Age:
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    353
    Jan 27, 2010
    Louisiana
    First, that's wonderful work. Now, a question. The overlay on the headstock is vinyl. I've tried to paint vinyl a few times with zero luck. Either the paint won't bind to it or if it does, the different expansion rates make the paint crack like the devil. So, what's your trick to get the paint to adhere?
     
  5. rockabilly-rebel

    rockabilly-rebel Country Gent

    Jul 21, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    Thanks Duo Gent, sorry - no trick - I used humbrol modelers paint for the binding, and plasticote clear spray for the varnish - thats all there is to it.
     
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  6. Duo Gent

    Duo Gent Gretschie

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Louisiana
    I see! Plastic over plastic. I'm very familiar with Humbrol paint, but haven't seen them in years here in the US. Their RAF colors were dead perfect. I loved the paint but hated the tins! ;)
     
  7. Arfer MO

    Arfer MO Synchromatic

    909
    Dec 13, 2009
    Welsh Wales
    Rockabilly, did you get the idea of "sticky back plastic" from Blue Peter or was that defore your time ?

    Hats off to your meticulous approach and skills.

    Stoke me a clipper. Arnold Rimmer
     
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  8. Jukebox

    Jukebox Gretschified

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    Jun 2, 2008
    Foreston,MN
    Nice job, it really looks great. Thanks for shareing this with us.
     
  9. unbridled

    unbridled Synchromatic

    926
    Aug 20, 2008
    Montana
    Cool! My guess was close...
    Good job!
     
  10. Quietly

    Quietly Banned

    Jul 31, 2009
    Spain
    So simple and yet so clever like most great ideas, fantastic job and I have enjoyed you unveiling how you did it.
     
  11. unbridled

    unbridled Synchromatic

    926
    Aug 20, 2008
    Montana
    OK, now, on to the Bigsby. Did you have to drill new holes, or did you get one of those adaptor plates?
     
  12. RepentOrPerish

    RepentOrPerish Synchromatic

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    589
    Jun 4, 2008
    Minnesota
    Wow. Looks cool. I wish I had that kind of time! Someday...
     
  13. Drewgrass

    Drewgrass Country Gent

    Dec 20, 2009
    Teesside ENGLAND
    Yep well done, that headstock definitely earns you one of these... :D
     

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  14. rockabilly-rebel

    rockabilly-rebel Country Gent

    Jul 21, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    Nope, I just drilled new holes in the guitar - the new (standard) plate covered the old holes.
     
  15. tyguy

    tyguy Synchromatic

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    Nov 17, 2009
    madisonville tn
    If you haven't done it,replace those cheap pots,switch and wire.It's a big deal and will make the guitar sound a lot better.Gorgeous.You're blessed,with a lot of patience at an early age.
     
  16. Kuroyama

    Kuroyama Synchromatic

    516
    Jan 6, 2010
    Austin
    @Tyguy If he makes those changes... shouldnt he just call it a 6120? I mean, the difference remaining at that point is what? Lacquer vs. Poly?

    BTW, that headstock mod was brilliant. "There is no "off" position for the genius switch".
     
  17. SpiderMurphy

    SpiderMurphy Electromatic

    32
    Feb 25, 2010
    Germany
    Cool, you did a good work - looks very cool :D
     
  18. sontaya

    sontaya Electromatic

    Age:
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    78
    Aug 3, 2009
    Bangkok Thailand
    very fantastic modification and make me crazy I would like to do so :eek::eek::eek:
     
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