Anyone tried the new 5260 baritones?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Andy Fortune, Apr 26, 2021.

  1. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

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    I'm thinking of getting one of these and tuning it down to E-e with heavier strings. I didn't like the original black sparkle ones with the Bigsby because the tension bar Bigsby was just a poor functional match, in my opinion. I'd go with a stoptail version and then decide if I wanted to mount my own vibrato (probably a Les Trem). Have they improved on the design?
     
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  2. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

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    It’s looking like the answer to my question is “No”.
     
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  3. Penguin Picker

    Penguin Picker Gretschie

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    I've never had any interest in a baritone personally. Baritones, 5-string bases and 7-string guitars aren't for me. It's enough work for me focusing on standard guitars and basses. :)
     
  4. Outlaw

    Outlaw Country Gent

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  5. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

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    May 24, 2016
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  6. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

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    Well, I was watching one on Reverb and the seller offered me 15% off, so I'll just have to answer my own question. Dark Cherry Metallic, so it will match my 6128T-DCM.:cool:
     
  7. Outlaw

    Outlaw Country Gent

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    UK
    Yeah nice!
    Let us know how you get on with it!!
     
  8. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

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    should be here this weekend...I'll let you know.
     
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  9. juks

    juks Synchromatic

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    I'm very interested to hear about it too!
     
  10. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

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    First impressions after playing it a good bit:
    -Excellent fit and finish. I can’t find anything to nitpick.
    -Setup was great, and it was even almost perfectly in tune right out of the box, and the intonation was set well.
    -8.2lbs, but well balanced without much neck dive. I expected it to be more neck heavy given the 30” scale and jet size body.
    -stock strings are are .014-.072, which is too stiff for B-b, in my opinion, but that’s ok with me since I tuned it down to E-e and it holds it fine. If you have a heavy touch, you’d want to go up to a larger gauge.
    -pickups are just ok. If you want baritone twang, these mini hums aren’t gonna do it. I’ll probably swap them out, but the stock ones are good for clear bass tones with it tuned low.
    -tuners are not great either. They seem a bit weak for the heavier strings, so I’ll upgrade those.

    Altogether, I’m very happy with it, and it definitely exceeds my expectations for the price. It feels like an Electromatic Jet vs my Pro line Jets, but in no way does it feel cheap or even low quality.

    pics to come shortly...
     
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  11. juks

    juks Synchromatic

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    Nov 26, 2020
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    Thanks for the info!
     
  12. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

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    @thunder58
    I can’t believe I forgot to mention it has a jack plate. Alas, it did not come with a case.
     
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  13. thunder58

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    Best news of the day ;)
     
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  14. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

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    Congrats Andy. Looks great, enjoy it.
     
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  15. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

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    I just was looking at one of these bad boys at Harvard Street Music in Hemet, CA. A very cool guitar, congrats!
     
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