Sometimes you just gotta spend 25 bucks!

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Pop1655, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2019
    Texas Hill Country
    Always fearful of waking up “that guy” who lurks in cyberspace waiting to pounce on a poor rookie who asks the wrong question with that famous “use the search feature”, I’ve dutifully done that to avoid embarrassment. Some topics you can search and read about till your eyes don’t work and you still end up knowing less than you did when you started.

    Sometimes you’ve just gotta spend 25 bucks!! :p :)

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    My new 5420 will know soon enough!
    Looking forward to the experiment.
     
  2. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    The lower three strings of that set are on at least two of my guitars and the next thicker set is used on a couple more. TI Jazz Swings are amazing strings and last a long time.
     
  3. Hope you like them. I think they make a great product. Had them on my hot rod a few times, but i had to take them off to get a slightly different sound for a recording, and gig,l so it hurt take them off at 25 bucks a set. I think i payed more.
     
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  4. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2019
    Texas Hill Country
    They definitely seem to be one of those “there is no right answer”. They’re either your thing or they’re not. Nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. I’m looking forward to finding out. I don’t really know or care what my final answer will be. Just curious to see.

    I will say, I’ve got other nice guitars to do other things. The 5420’s job is to serve as that full hollow clean rhythm sound. Amplified acoustic is an overstatement, but something in that general direction.
     
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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Amplified acoustic is a contradiction in terms.
     
  6. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Electromatic

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    I’m very sorry. I’ll go do an edit and say an acoustic with a factory pickup that you run through an amp.
     
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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Sorry. It's one of those incongruities of the English language that just gets to me. It's nowhere near as bad as listening to the vast majority of newscasters butcher the language.
     
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  8. Axis39

    Axis39 Country Gent

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    Mmmmm, mmmm, mM! Loves me some T-Is!

    Play 'em in good health!
     
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  9. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

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    I use flatwounds on all my guitars. I use JS-110's on my Gretsch's (including a 5420 like yours) and Pyramid flatwounds on my Telecaster. I like 'em! :- ) Interested to hear your take on 'em.
     
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  10. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    Good choice, I've loved these on my '56 Streamliner and Galaxie at any rate.
     
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  11. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    These are my regular strings on all.my guitars except I use unwound G / .019, although I might try the wound one next string change as it's been a couple years. I buy the unwound G separately.
     
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  12. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Electromatic

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    I bet I would like that. Thanks
     
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  13. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    I use a 10, 13, and 17 up top with the 47, 35 and 25 flat-wounds on the bottom. Its a very favorable compromise for my needs.
     
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  14. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2019
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    Y’all aren’t making this any easier! :D
    I’m gonna go broke trying all these options.
     
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  15. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    What I do, is order from Strings by Mail. I order the bottom three flat wounds, then I buy the upper strings separately. TIs last a long time, so you’ll replace the upper strings several times before the lowers give out.
     
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  16. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2019
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    This is really good info. I appreciate it. I really like hearing that what I’m about to try is not the end all or a pass/fail kind of thing. I may love it, or it may just be the first step in the journey.
     
  17. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

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    The thing I’ve always liked about trying strings is that a) they’re cheap, at least relatively. For the price of a decent pedal you can try a bunch of strings and b) they’re just about the most easily reversible mod there is.

    Every once in a while I go on a string odyssey where I take some money and buy a bunch of strings I haven’t tried yet and see if I find something that dethrones my current fave.
     
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  18. afire

    afire Country Gent

  19. diamoroso

    diamoroso Electromatic

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    Feb 4, 2019
    San Diego, CA
    Love the TIs on my Jaguar, been meaning to try them on my 5420 too.
     
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  20. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

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    Synchro - Sincere question...I’m curious what you get out of 25,35 & 47 on the bottom as opposed to 26,36 & 46 which would complete a standard 10-46 set. Is it because the bottoms are flats?
     
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