Need opinions

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Parttime, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    337
    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    personally, I like No Guard. can take or leave the stickers but the hole is a no go for me.
     
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  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Might as well go a step further and add a mud switch to that hole.
     
  3. Yukimajo

    Yukimajo Gretschie

    Age:
    49
    390
    Nov 4, 2018
    Exeter UK
    #2 for me as well. I actually prefer the hole to covering it with a sticker. As you're going for the whole early Setzer vibe, I would remove the pickguard altogether though.

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  4. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    121
    Dec 6, 2018
    Texas
    You get it!
    At first I was going for this

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    But I really like what he has done with his original gretsch since.

    upload_2019-7-19_7-53-51.png

    It’s kind of an interpretation of both with out coping completely.
    I like resting my fingers on the pick guard for reference but like the f holes to be visible. As far as the dice on the knobs, I would’ve done that no matter what.
    If the head stock would’ve looked like this

    upload_2019-7-19_8-0-37.jpeg

    I’d leave it alone but I personally can’t stand the black head stocks they put on all the electromatics no matter the body color. Even though they are not top end Gretsch they cost enough to make the head stock match.
     
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  5. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    121
    Dec 6, 2018
    Texas
    I’ve actually looked at ordering a switch just to fill the hole and still may do it later.
    I debated long and hard about moving the pick up switch in the first place. After playing the guitar for a while with the switch in the original position I found when trying to get to the switch between rhythm and solo your hand naturally wants to go straight up from the strings in your strumming patern. Not forward and up. I researched the design of the hot rod model which Setzer fine tuned to his preferences. He must have known was he was doing because the placement of the the switch is right where your hand wants to go. So that’s where I moved the switch.
     
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    The black guard looks wrong to my eyes.
     
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  7. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    121
    Dec 6, 2018
    Texas
    Switch positions

    Original

    upload_2019-7-19_9-29-9.jpeg

    Hot rod

    upload_2019-7-19_9-29-28.jpeg

    My guitar

    upload_2019-7-19_9-29-54.jpeg
     
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  8. Yukimajo

    Yukimajo Gretschie

    Age:
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    390
    Nov 4, 2018
    Exeter UK
    The first thing I did when I got my 5420 home was to remove the scratch plate, I think they just don't look as good with them on. I think yours is an excellent tribute to the Setzer. Without him, I may not have fallen for Gretsch, and I'm sure I'm not alone.
     
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  9. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    121
    Dec 6, 2018
    Texas
    Anyone here could probably list off a number of things that’s sets a gretsch hollow body apart from others but for me it’s the location of the volume knob. It allows you to fade notes in and out as you play. Also the signature shape of the f holes. They are very much like a stand up bass or a violin. There is a beauty in that, that other guitars don’t have. Not even the streamliners.
     
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  10. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I get what you’re saying. I added a mudswitch to my 5420. And I put the pickup selector in the same spot as yours and the mud switch in the other hole. I put a kill switch where the neck vol pot was and the neck vol pot where the tone top was.
     
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  11. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    121
    Dec 6, 2018
    Texas
    I don’t know how to share this video but you can go to YouTube and type in
    “ Gretsch 5420 highly modified” and this video is exactly what you’re talking about with the mud and kill switches. He also added TVJones pick ups.

    upload_2019-7-19_19-56-10.png
     
  12. Outlaw

    Outlaw Gretschie

    499
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    No 2 but with a gold pickguard.
    What pickups are they?
     
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  13. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Yes, but my guitar is in tune :)
     
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  14. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Here you go:

     
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  15. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Is this guy a member here?
    This video seems “off” ya know?
    Like, he says the blacktops were “garbage” but when he plays his new fancy Setzers, he’s not really giving the viewers a reason to believe they’re so much better. Of course they are, but not in this demo.
    He says the guitar is made in china, it’s not. He says he burned a G brand in, looks like the decal to me....
    And then he proceeds to play excruciatingly out of tune...
    I dunno, it’s all a little off kilter.
    Cool guitar though.
    I’ve done almost all of the same mods to my 5420. I’m glad I did it before watching this video though. ;)
     
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  16. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I don't know...just posted because @Parttime said he didn't know how to share vid.
     
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  17. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I figured that, it was a question for anyone. I’m just curious if anyone knows if he’s a member.
    I’d feel bad cutting it down.
    I guess if I got nothing nice to say, I oughta keep my opinions to myself.
    I try and do that, but every once in a while....
     
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  18. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    121
    Dec 6, 2018
    Texas
    Thanks for the video!
     
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  19. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Im not a fan of the hole. But im not wild about putting a sticker over it. If you rotated the sticker 90degrees so it read better in a playing position that would look better IMHO, but i think the pinup is a better sticker in a better place.
    I say no PG, sticker from #2, mud switch, or at the very least a dummy switch to plug the hole.
    Since you appear to be courageous and “all in” on making this a tribute guitar, you might consider taking a belt sander to it. (I shudder even typing those words). But if you want to do the hole i think it would look better if the guitar looked like it had been toured hard.
     
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  20. wademp

    wademp Electromatic

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    80
    Jan 1, 2010
    Elizabethtown, Ky
    @Parttime I really like the looks of #1
    What is that headstock covering that you have? A decal?
     
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