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    source for custom pickguards?

    I've had good luck with WD Custom Pickguards recently. I had them make a couple TV Jones Telecaster pickguards and a custom one for my Traveler. Everything lined up perfectly and the workmanship was very clean. They have a pretty large selection of pickguard patterns, and some aren't listed on...
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    Electrinics

    I installed a TV Jones tone pot harness with treble bleeds, which made quite a positive difference in the sound of the pickups. However, there's no magic in their harnesses, just solid components. You could buy all of the components from a number of sources (including TV Jones), get the...
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    Upgrade my G5230T Jet? People who have upgraded please also respond

    As for tuning stability, I installed some Grover locking tuners because one of the stock ones wasn't smooth. I lubricate the nut slots every time I change strings. The ABM roller bridge was overkill (lots of cheaper roller bridges out there), but I like it and it eliminates the bridge rocking...
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    Humidpaks - Yes, No, How? (Not a ‘Should I Humidly’ Question)

    Anchorage is classified as a semi-arid climate, despite being next to a large body of water. Winters mean heating systems dry out the already dry air significantly. The local Guitar Center doesn't humidify their electric guitars, and fret sprout and bowed necks on the hanging guitars are the...
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    Your Gear of the Year

    Wow, I have aquired more guitars this year than any other since I started playing, but here goes- Love Affairs: Gretsch G5230T in Cadillac Green- Really the guitar that re-inspired me after a very long break from playing. Modded a bit, but a great guitar. Fender American Ultra Telecaster in...
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    PRS owners assemble. Haters need not reply.

    I recently bought a PRS SE Hollowbody II in the rei-color burst. Wasn’t looking, but a local shop had one on the rack they got in with a broken switch. PRSs have always left me cold, but this one drew me in. I played it for a little while and realized it suited my tastes far better than the...
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    Upgrade my G5230T Jet? People who have upgraded please also respond

    I have a G5230T. I replaced the harness with a TV Jones harness with treble bleeds. Woke the entire guitar up. It was a bit dark and muddy, but now it sparkles without being shrill. Kept the original pickups and consider it done (well, I also replaced the tuners/bridge). Love that guitar and...
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    Rick Beato on Adele's new drop

    Certain singers like Adele or Brandi Carlile can convey a lot by allowing their voice to break and/or sing out of tune occasionally. The YouTube and American Idol types can learn a lot from them. At least the vocal histrionics school of Mariah seems to have fallen somewhat out of favor...
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    G5220 and G5222 Fretboard Wood?

    I soaked mine pretty heavily initially, and now do a light application every string change. I live in a semi-arid area, and winter gets pretty dry. Clean and oil the fretboard, polish the frets, lubricate the nut, put on new strings, and adjust the truss rod if it's needed. I haven't seen any...
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    Unsolicited opinions on the G5230T and Gretsch as a whole.

    I wonder how much of that is really just the wood changing as it ages. I'm sure a thicker poly finish that retains some structural integrity will somewhat deaden the resonance of a semi-hollow or hollow body guitar, especially if it was applied thickly. The way wood is cured these days for...
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    G5220 and G5222 Fretboard Wood?

    I dumped a ton of lemon oil in my G5230T's fretboard (very dry environment in the winter) and never had any stain issues. Mine was made in China a couple years ago, so they could have made the switch to laurel relatively recently. You could always call Sweetwater about a specific guitar and...
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    Unsolicited opinions on the G5230T and Gretsch as a whole.

    That's what I don't get. They make a beautiful playing and sounding instrument, which for the most part looks like a high quality piece. Then the headstock just is so 'meh', like a cheap guitar from the '70s you got out of the Sears catalog. I just can't wrap my head around it. It's not just the...
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    Unsolicited opinions on the G5230T and Gretsch as a whole.

    I really was looking at picking up an Eastman, but their headstock looks... lifeless. I know that's a petty complaint, but even on their nicer models it seems like a design afterthought. It's just a "butterface" aesthetic that I just can't get past. Is a used Gibson worth four or five or six...
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    Squier CV 60's

    I was really, really tempted to get one in Sunburst, but it would ultimately be a less expensive clone of my '85 MIJ '62 Custom. So, not adding anything really to the collection. I have played a few that were kinda meh (mostly in big-box stores), but then I played one at a local music store...
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    Unsolicited opinions on the G5230T and Gretsch as a whole.

    +1. I started this year really, really wanting a Gibson Les Paul or ES-335. The pandemic is absolutely the worst time to buy one, because supply is low and prices are high. I quickly gave up on 335s, because I just couldn't find what I wanted at a price I thought would hold up. So, I started...
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    Unsolicited opinions on the G5230T and Gretsch as a whole.

    I have 2 Japanese-made Fenders. One of them was made when there was no US Fender factory (1985). I was just a kid, really wanted a Telecaster with a rosewood fretboard, and had read glowing reviews guitar magazines, so I dropped more money than I had ever accumulated before on a MIJ Telecaster...
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    Gretsch G5230T Electromatic Upgrades

    Don't get me wrong, I love my G5230T, but if I had to do it over again and was paying retail (I got my G5230T for less than a G5220), I would have gone with the G5220. I don't use the Bigsby that much, but the B3 looks better and works better than the B5. There are threads on this site that...
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    $200 budget, new pickups in G5220 Jet

    Step 1- Spend $50 on new CTS split shaft pots, caps (to include treble bleeds), Switchcraft output jack, and wire. Your switch should be fine. TV Jones has the parts and schematics you need. You could buy a Tone Pot harness with treble bleeds, but you'll pay twice as much. Step 2- Build and...
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    Gretsch G5230T Electromatic Upgrades

    I would look hard at a 5220 instead, given the level of modification you're planning on doing. That way you could run a B3 with a Towner bar. A roller bridge wouldn't be a bad idea either (I like the ABM, but they are pricey). If the stock nut is properly cut , you can lube it up for tuning...
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    What pickups will give my this on 5420...?

    Before you replace the pickups, replace the electronics. CTS pots with good caps and treble bleeds. The stock stuff just squeezes the life out of the pickups, and would also minimize the impact of any pickup swap.
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    My G5230T -> “G6230T” Mod Project

    I put on an ABM 2400c. I went with a roller bridge to keep the bridge from flexing when I used the Bigsby. It was overkill, expensive, and only slightly colored the tone, but I tend to go overboard at times. I could have certainly gone with a cheaper roller bridge. Someday I may upgrade the...
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    What's In Your Stable Besides Gretsch Guitars?

    In addition to my Gretsch G5230T and G2220, I have: 1985 MIJ Fender '62 Telecaster Custom with Cavalier Fat Lion/Fat Lion King pickups. 2021 Fender Ultra Telecaster in Texas Tea, stock. 2020-2021 Fender Telecaster Partscaster with Seymour Duncan '59/HotRails pickups. 1996 MIK Epiphone Les Paul...
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    My G5230T -> “G6230T” Mod Project

    I installed a TV Jones split shaft tone pot harness with the treble bleeds on my G5230T with the stock pickups. Suddenly I didn't want to replace the pickups anymore. At least on mine, the stock harness looked extremely cheap in comparison to the TV Jones, and was strangling the tone. Nothing...
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    Straight Up...compare Gibson and Epi Les Pauls

    This. I've done the same thing, not only at Guitar Center (where there are plenty of bad Fenders and Gretschs on the racks), but also at shops that take the time to set up the guitars they sell correctly. For a Gibson, I have to top out at around $2500-$3000, and that guitar would have to speak...
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    Cort Vs Squier CV

    My longest-owned guitar is a MIJ ‘62 Tele Custom sunburst- basically a nicer version of the ‘60s Custom Vibe. I may pick up a CV just to use as a test bed, but I really don’t need another Tele after my recent purchase of an American Ultra. I might just invest the money I’d use for the CV/case...


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