5230 ambitious mod

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Outlaw, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Yes, I've already got the headstock decal, it's a gold waterslide decal.
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  2. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Well, it looked already pretty good to me.
    Actually it was the way I’d like my 5220 to look after the mods I have in mind... :)
     
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  3. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    That's a fair comment about you preferring a fixed bridge.
    As for better tone I've no idea but I don't like Bigsby's with a tension bar and I think a floating bridge is part of what gives a Gretsch its mojo.
     
  4. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Yeah It looked OK
     
  5. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    Where did you get this decal???
     
  6. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
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  7. Archtops

    Archtops Gretschie

    233
    Mar 4, 2021
    SoCal
    Hey Outlaw,
    Excellent job and great pics! Thanks for the decal link. Best of luck on the project!
     
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  8. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    This is one of those threads I’m going to keep coming back to check on.
    Truly inspiring work you’re doing.
     
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  9. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Well I don't have any bigby's with a tension bar - no need :)
    Mojo :eek::confused:
     
  10. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    I love this thread and what you are doing, I am so tempted to make my own custom duojet, don't think I'd go as far to to raise the neck like you have but if I could find a cheap project proline 6128 I'd be keen to have a go at what your doing.
    Eagerly looking forward to updates.
     
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  11. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Cheap pro line? Good luck mate, I’ve been on a hunt for years and ended up on a 5220... :)
    Btw, a while ago there was a pre FMIC duo jet on Reverb from Japan that has been all black painted (including binding) and they did a pretty poor job, so it looked really horrible (that’s probably the reason why the guy was selling it, as everything else seemed ok). It was selling for 900 Euros (so pretty affordable). I didn’t check back lately but you may want to try...
     
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  12. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Not much to do until nitro arrives hopefully in a couple of days.
    So I thought I'd share some pics of the hardware I'll be using.
    IMG_20210406_083900_edit_154761193338883.jpg

    and of course the B3 with rev soft spring
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    Kluson waffle back tuners
    IMG_20210406_083945_edit_154732206509200.jpg

    DIY jewelled knobs IMG_20210406_084004_edit_154693001501914.jpg

    All of the metal hardware has been gently(ish) aged.
    I like the look of aged hardware on a non aged guitar.
    Two neck HS filtertrons sans wax,
    Inspired by ZackyDog and they sound great esp in middle pos.
    Compton Aluminium chambered bridge.
     
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  13. GOOBALL JEFF

    GOOBALL JEFF Synchromatic

    634
    Oct 1, 2019
    london
    I guess some great things come of of lockdown! this is crazy hahaha
     
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  14. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Yes it is, but oh what fun :D
     
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  15. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

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    665
    Mar 27, 2020
    Belgium
    please do update us in this thread so we can follow along, looking great already :D
     
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  16. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Every step of the way friend
     
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  17. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Well....cheap for a proline anyway lol.
     
  18. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    I got one of these armrests to fit on this jet, trouble is the radius is to big it would fit on a 5420 perfectly but I don't like them on those guitars but think they look good on a jet.
    Anyone know where I can get one for a jet?
    Or maybe you have one you can sell me?
    IMG_20210406_150647_edit_173241601527730.jpg
     
  19. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Did you plug the 3 control pot holes on the lower bout and then refinish in black?
     
  20. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    977
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Yes that's exactly what I did but just sprayed over the top of existing black.
     
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