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Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by NervousJohn, May 11, 2017.

  1. NervousJohn

    NervousJohn Electromatic

    May 8, 2017
    Hi all,

    I'm John, I'm in the UK, and I've recently bought a new guitar... My main guitar for the last few years has been a Rickenbacker 330 12 string, and I really fancied something with six strings. I'd unloaded a JV Squier Strat that had been gathering dust, (I'm not really a Strat person) and I had a bit of bonus to burn, so I went shopping.

    I couldn't quite stretch to another Ric, and I fancied a hollow/semi hollow guitar as I used to own a DeArmond (Guild) Starfire which was lovely. So I looked about a bit, and a local music shop had a G5422TG....


    Its a glorious thing to play, inspiring and other than a tweak to the truss rod, out of the box it's perfect.

    Getting a case was a bit trickier, as it's going to be a gigging guitar, I needed something decent. And the standard Gretsch case is a long way from that - no neck support, no real structural rigidity, and a whopping gap to the back of the neck joint. It would keep the dust off, but I wouldn't depend on it for much more than that. After a couple of goes, I've ended up with a Hiscox dreadnaught case (Pro-II-GAD I think). I'd contacted them and they sent through a bunch of pads to take up the extra space for free. I've used Hiscoxes for years, they are good cases from a good company, and given the price in the UK, I can't think why you wouldn't buy one...

    Here's a photo before the pads arrived...


    Stupid questions will doubtless follow....

    MikeJaguar, JimB1122, ffooky and 3 others like this.
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, very nice.
    I have one or two Hiscox cases myself. I prefer mine to be a tight fit though.
  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Howdy! Welcome to the asylum!
    Nice looking guitar!
  5. jklotz

    jklotz Gretschie

    Mar 24, 2013
    That's pretty! Congrats and welcome!
  6. NervousJohn

    NervousJohn Electromatic

    May 8, 2017
    Thanks for the welcome folks.

    I did look for a tighter fit case, but the G5422s while the same outline as an ES-335 are about 1/2" thicker, so don't fit in those cases. I tried as SKB and a few others, and they were just too small. The headstock touched the case and the neck didn't sit flat.

    I ended up contacting Hiscox, and this is what they recommended. And with the pads it doesn't move. I've tried holding it head down and shaking and it's solid. Plus the pads give a small amount of shock absorbing. Which is good.

    Last edited: May 11, 2017
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  7. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Congrats. Pretty guitar.
  8. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    Hi John, welcome. Your new guitar looks very nice. Feel free to post a picture of your Ricky aswell - that would count as "other cool guitars". Hope NervousJohn isn't your stage name. :)
  9. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    Oh and I forgot to mention that stupid questions are OK - I ask lots and the guys are really cool about it (some of them know a lot of stuff)
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  10. Pdnlegs

    Pdnlegs Country Gent

    May 28, 2016
    It's pretty. But good luck with that Gold Hardware.
  11. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    My first Gretsch was a 5422, it was a great guitar. Congratulations.
  12. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Welcome NervousJohn! You've got yourself a real beauty there.
  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Welcome here! Nice little guitar you got.
  14. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT John,cool geet ,congrats!
  15. NervousJohn

    NervousJohn Electromatic

    May 8, 2017
    Thanks, I will. My username comes from the band I'm in - Nervous Pills - so here's a shameless plug to the band Facebook page...
  16. blc45

    blc45 Country Gent

    Aug 23, 2011
    Congrats, she sure is a looker!!
  17. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2008
    Welcome and congratulations on a cool looking guitar
  18. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    Welcome...great looking guitar!!!
  19. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Allo & welcome John!!! She's a beauty. Congrats!!!!
  20. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, John!