what roller bridge for a G5655T-CB?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by MisterTV, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. MisterTV

    MisterTV Newbie

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    Jan 9, 2019
    Minneapolis
    New member, first post!

    i just picked up a 5655T-CB to be the “Malcolm” to my SG Classic’s “Angus.” (See my avatar.)

    For the SG, I replaced the TOM bridge with a Stew Mac “Golden Age” roller bridge and really like it.

    As this is my first Gretsch, I’m not sure what roller bridge options would be compatible here. I don’t want to order something online only to have a luthier tell me it’s the wrong specs.

    Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    Money no object I'd say ABM2400, although they can be spotty on stock through what I believe is their only US distibutor All Parts:
    https://www.allparts.com/GB-0545-010-ABM-2400-C-Chrome-Roller-Tunematic_p_1579.html
    I tried one of them on my 5655 while I was waiting for my Compton to show up (and have wound up w/ a few on other Bigsby-fied guitars) and that's been the best functioning, most solidly built, and best sounding roller saddled ToM I've got first hand experience with.

    For a cheaper option in the roller space, the Wilkinson one like this is pretty darn nice for the price IMO:
    https://www.guitarfetish.com/Wilkinson-Brass-Roller-Bridge-Locking-Studs-Chrome_p_866.html
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    That being said, I like the bar bridge on mine personally, but I think the only currently readily available option there is TruArc.
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  3. radd

    radd Synchromatic

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    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Can’t beat the ABM2400, simply stunning workmanship and the best(sadly most expensive) choice for a fixed bridge roller.

    I have one on a 5420 and have another on the way for another guitar. I have found that Thomann is the only place that consistently has them.

    Same bridge on two different guitars of mine

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  4. MisterTV

    MisterTV Newbie

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    Jan 9, 2019
    Minneapolis
    Awesome! Thanks so much for all the information. Great-looking Gretsches!
     
  5. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
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  6. maverick-tx

    maverick-tx Electromatic

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    Feb 7, 2017
    TX
    These have worked great for me. $20 and improved tone on every guitar, most notably on the g2622t which sounded like a completely different guitar, where before the bridge swap I was set on changing the pickups but now I actually like them. I like how the holes are elongated so you can adjust to have the strings more in a straight line over the rollers instead of the slant that the original bridge had.
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  7. MisterTV

    MisterTV Newbie

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    Jan 9, 2019
    Minneapolis
    Cool. Is that the Wilkinson?
     
  8. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes, I bought one of them too, for testing, but still never used it for the moment. I don't know if it's a Wilkinson, though.

    But these bridges are intereting items because - as maverick-tx mentions it - they have a greater flexibility in adjustment to cure some bridge position issues. It's the model I would have used on my G5622TLH - where the bridge position is straight (see my post above) - in the case of the Göldo HW05C wouldn't have had enough travel to correct intonation.

    A+!
     
  9. maverick-tx

    maverick-tx Electromatic

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    Feb 7, 2017
    TX
    Yes. From eBay. They are 14”radius but don’t let that scare you away. The action is awesome. I actually cut strips of feeler gauges to shim up the saddles for the Jazzmaster since it has a 9.5” radius and that worked great.
     
  10. Howard hughes

    Howard hughes Synchromatic

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    wow that looks amazing! where did you get that bridge if i may ask please? that has inspired me to make my jade electromatic and penguin replica!
     
  11. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    I agree the Wilkinson roller is pretty great and I prefer it to the other options I've tried costing 2x as much.

    Thanks! I like how it turned out too. It's a Compton Compensated Bar Bridge in stainless steel w/ the tone chamber.
     
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