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5120 goes under the knife.....again!

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by wildeman, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Its official, i no longer need the Surf 90's in this ( they're sold) as i have the 5125 now. This is getting Filtertrons standard mounted so ill post pix of what i do, im also gonna finally order a Compton for it. I only have one Tron for it now so if anybody has a nickel of chrome one layin around lemmy know. 20170415_112105.jpg
     
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    What's the best way to strip the paint off the guard, i have Jasco but i dont wanna melt it:D
     
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  3. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I have a neck Fidelitron if that's any help.
     
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  5. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I think i just want a std filtertron, there's one on reverb for 60 bux but its gold. I could take the TV's out of my DeArmond and put the others in that but its hard to rip apart one working guitar let alone two. What's a fidelitron?
     
  6. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Some say they are clones of TV Jones classics.

    I wouldn't know.

    They are made by Fender for their Cabrotinas.



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  7. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Now we're cookin! Got my H.S. alnico filtertron today. Gonna be a ceramic neck in back and H.S. neck in front, should be killer. Got work to do now. 20170420_201453.jpg
     
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  8. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Country Gent

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    A good rubbing compound will get it off with a bit of work.
     
  9. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    HEY ! Put some clothes back on that thing ......:eek:
     
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  10. Jonbass

    Jonbass Gretschie

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    Oct 10, 2016
    Yukon
    I see what you did there!;)



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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Okay, Compton ordered! I went with the Aluminum as it sounds like what i want in the descriptions, it was between that and brass. I may just get the brass too for 5125 or pro jet, we'll see.
    Anyway tomorrow morning's the day for the pickup install ( hada work today), im excited to have some Filtertron spank in this.
    I've found a can of Throttle body cleaner seems to be working well on the paint removal, im bout 1/2 way through the pickguard.
     
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  12. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Good luck man!
     
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  13. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Okay, one step forward, two steps back:D. So i cut some 1/4" ply to span between the braces, this way i have options. 20170509_120128.jpg 20170509_120047.jpg 20170511_111417.jpg
    Then i glued in riser blocks to mount the Filters to, everything is great except now i need more parts........:mad: 20170511_134058.jpg
    Off to TV Jones for risers as the pups sit way too low. 20170511_153702.jpg
     
  14. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Waiting for parts sux. Someday ill know exactly what to order in one shot.
    Luckily i got other Gretsches to play while she's down because its already been a minute.
     
  15. Dostegrar

    Dostegrar Country Gent

    Nov 5, 2013
    Delta,b.c.
    Too bad the brass doesn't come in silver.
     
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  16. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    It may be taking long than you want, but it's moving forward toward the goal. :)
     
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  17. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Okay, got my spacers from TV Jones and the pickups are wired up and done. This thing sounds awesome, total 6120 tone! I love it, just gotta paint my guard and order another Compton.
    The ceramic back pickup balances out well with the HS front, not much volume difference at all. 20170520_111753.jpg
     
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  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Nice job!
     
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  19. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    Looks great!! I love Filters......
     
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