Best Tuning Machine Upgrade for G5120

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by SuperB23, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. SuperB23

    SuperB23 Gretschie

    Jan 5, 2009
    Bay Area California
    I've been slowly improving my White G5120. I have upgraded the pickups, straplocks, and bigsby so far. I'd like to do the Tuners, Bridge and Nut next. I'm curious what Tuners fit in place of the fancy looking open back ones that come on the Anniversary year 2008 G5120 models. It feels like I have to retune my guitar a lot compared to the more expensive Japan made models I've owned. I'm hoping this final upgrades help with that.
  2. Astrolux

    Astrolux Gretschie

    Dec 7, 2011
    I now someone did this mod very recent. I am having trouble finding it on my iPhone. They showed a step by step and did a great job.

    I haven't had any trouble with either of my 5120s coming out of tune. Even with Texas weather. ;-)
  3. nickyboy

    nickyboy Synchromatic

    Jan 10, 2011
    South Wales, UK
    Waverly are nice
  4. Colonel Blues

    Colonel Blues Gretschie

    Mar 29, 2010
    Locking Sperzel… really good !
    I have them on my 6118 T-LTV Anny !
  5. dazzajl

    dazzajl Country Gent

    Apr 18, 2010
    The best upgrade to the tuners always seems to be a well cut nut.

    It makes the most sense to get a nice tone enhancing and sustain giving bridge. Get the nut just right and then see where you're at. You might not need to do anything at with the heads, unless you want a different look.
  6. Lance Romance

    Lance Romance Electromatic

    Oct 29, 2011
    London, Ontario, Planet Earth
    The stock open tuners are actually quite good. The nut is the problem. Fix that FIRST and see if your tuning woes vanish. Then spend a few bucks and get a Compton bridge...huge improvement!
  7. polishbroadcast

    polishbroadcast Synchromatic

    Jun 23, 2010
    +1. I like the tuners Gretsch uses on their 51XX series. They are light and work great. The metal post is going to shear off before the worm gear moves so if you are losing tuning, you have other issues to investigate (as others have mentioned). I'm a big fan of the Black Tusq nut. I have them on two guitars.
  8. james lee

    james lee Synchromatic

    Feb 7, 2012
    north pole
    Don't throw things at me, but why buy a guitar gut it and replace everything on it?

    To me that says you bought the wrong guitar. (I have been known to be wrong before)
  9. MyBootsOnFire

    MyBootsOnFire Gretschie

    Dec 16, 2011
    Fix the nut to fix the tuning, then get some Sperzel tuners just cos they make life easier when you do string changes. Being able to change a string in all of about 15 seconds is worth every penny.

    @James Lee
    i think there are a couple of reasons for this. Some of us can't leave anything alone. I'm sure a lot of the folks on here are just like me. I've modified most of the things i own. My cars, my computer, my home, and of course, my guitar. Sometimes its fun to try something new, see if it works a little bit better. The other reason to modify an electromatic especially is that they are a nice budget guitar, but a budget guitar doesn't get top of the line parts. For some of us it's easier to buy the cheaper guitar and upgrade pieces of it at a time instead of forking over a large sum of cash all at once.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  10. ampe

    ampe Country Gent

    May 11, 2011
    lube the nut, luke!
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