^ Project '59 My goal is to create a 1981 Straycats tribute guitar. Even though I'm impressed and very happy with my 5420 I got a couple of months ago, I really got it because I think it is the best platform for upgrading towards a slightly less poor man's 6120. A late 50s version and particularly that original Setzer Gretsch. For me the thumbnail inlay, the headstockshape, en especially this beautiful shade of orange are the things that convinced me to buy this particular version. Sure, it has the pre '58 electronics configuration, but as a player I kinda prefer that over the post '57 mudswitch version... I'll just have to hide that tone knob. What I've done so far: - blacked out 'Licenced' (on Bigsby) - straplocks (schaller) - strap (made out of leather belts) - stickers (vinyl + spraypaint) - pickguard (made from plexiglass) - drilled a 2nd hole, moved pu switch ^ Cut 2 cheap leather belts to make a strap. ^ finished homemade leather strap ^ One of two homemade halloween stickers as seen on Setzers original 6120 in 1981 ^ because I'm not to fond of the shape of the original Setzer-pickguard I tried a more Gretschlike shape, but that just didn't look right. I decided to go for the Setzershape. I like it now. Very much. Because it turned out so well. ^ Testfitting new scratchplate before spraying it a Smokey clear black. ^ I taped off the front and sides and sprayed it with a few layers of Tamiya smoke clear. ^ Adding some historical correctness by drilling the 2nd hole (or should I say removing some historical incorrectness...) ^ Moving pu switch to the new hole ^ My 5420 as it is now. I know the holes aren't exactly spot-on as vintage 6120s, but a lot of other 58/59 and on Gretsches do have these two switches on these spots, so I'm good. Hope you like it. Stay tuned for more!