You’ve gone too FAR!! 5420TG-59 TVJ Tone-Switch & Standby switch

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by calebaaron666, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Thanx man! You’ll be happy to know all 3 of my Gretsch’s now have jackplates :)
     
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  2. Parttime

    Parttime Gretschie

    143
    Dec 6, 2018
    Texas
    Looks awesome!
    I almost put the football shaped jack plate on my guitar but I went with the square.
    It was a tough choice.
     
  3. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    30643534-547D-4D34-AC0E-7449CA55F2D9.jpeg Great work. I went with the other alternative to those jack plates :cool:
     
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  4. DennisC

    DennisC Gretschie

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    May 11, 2017
    Germany
    Too far ... well, I see this guitar grew from a very nice one in stock condition to a very unique and even nicer one by your mods.

    I often see mods I don't like, or people claiming that stuff like different knobs, pickguards or something similar is an upgrade, which is ... well ... really not that, really ... or something.

    This is the CAC-signature, right? I like her! Seems I generally tend to like your mods, or your guitars in general (... says the guy playing a 2622, a 5420 and a Tele ... I honestly see some similarities here...).
     
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I guess I wanted this guitar to be as close to a 6120 as I could get it. After all is said and done, the only part of this guitar I haven’t modded is the neck. It’s a nice neck. I’ve been debating adding some black dye to the fingerboard, but that might really be too far.

    Yes! You and I have identical tastes in guitars!
    I also have a Gretsch 5129 that I love, and a strat that I barely ever play. I guess if I ever had to play in a surf project it'd come in handy.

    Thanx for the kind words!
     
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  6. stiv

    stiv Synchromatic

    895
    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Looks great.
    I’ve always been a fan on the mud switch.
    Funny enough, in mid ‘00 I got some money and went on a hunt for a vintage Gretsch. My guitar man had some from a collector on sale, all of them mid ‘60s, and his opinion was (and still is in this days) that the only way to make a vintage 60s Gretsch sounds great was to get rid of all that mute switch/mud switch/treble boost switch that only deteriorated the signal quality from the cable to the pickups.
    It seems you’re headed the other way round. :)
     
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  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I held out as long as I could, but I noticed some checking around the input. I figured I oughta cover it while it’s still early.
    But yes, I always use an angled chord too :)
     
  8. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Yeah, I've definitely gone the other way with this one. But even with all of the new stuff, it still sounds better because All of the wires and components have been upgraded to better quality stuff.
    I think my 2622t streamliner would be better as a hotrod though. Maybe someday.
     
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  9. DennisC

    DennisC Gretschie

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    May 11, 2017
    Germany
    ... you've got gooooooooooooooood taste!
     
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  10. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    ;)
     
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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Do you like using the mudswitch or was it mainly cosmetic? Looks kickass btw.
     
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  12. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

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    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
  13. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Thanx dude!
    Partly just wanted to try this kind of set up, partly wanted to make this into a fake 6120. 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other...

    I’ve only had it in for a week, but I’ve already been using the mud switch to roll off a little bit of treble when I use my fuzz pedal. Works great!! When I stomp on the fuzz and slap the mud switch down, it curbs the screaming, but I still get the trebly biker movie sound from my satisfaction fuzz. I just have to be quick to put the switch back to neutral when I’m done. That’s a learning curve, but I still like it more than reaching for the tone pot.
    I haven’t found a use for the muddiest position yet, and doubt if I will.
     
  14. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    They've probably got them more user friendly, the old one's were real sucky.......like "here, let me throw this blanket over your amp" sucky.
     
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  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Looks really fine. Well done, sir.
     
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  16. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Oh man, if I flip it down without the fuzz, it’s totally a blanket.
    I’ve never been a fan of a tone knob on any guitar. That’s why I took it right out of my tele.
    But with a screamy fuzz it helps to be able to roll a little high end off.
    This is a TV Jones wired kit, so I’de guess it’s pretty high quality stuff.
     
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  17. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    HURRAAAAAAAAAAAAY !! :) ( thank you sir , I'm a happy camper )
     
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  18. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    I don't think you've gone quite far enough! Now you gotta make a some trestle braces! :D

    Nicely done Caleb, great Gretsch!
     
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  19. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Thanx!
    Hmmm adding trestle bracing? Should be a simple mod... lemme crack her open and get on that! ;)
     
  20. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    Looks fantastic!
     
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