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DannyB

Gretschie
Apr 26, 2019
325
Michigan
Welcome to Gretsch Talk! As a proud owner of a red Gretsch 2622 Streamliner (see below) I can say you picked a great guitar to go electric with. The Broad'tron pickups on the guitar really allow you to play all kinds of music from blues to jazz to rockabilly to hard rock to even metal! You will enjoy the guitar and you will love this site, lots of friendly people with helpful hints and suggestions. Hope we see more of you on this site (and we need to see some pics of your guitar!)
 

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Buggerlugs

Electromatic
Jul 1, 2022
15
Yorkshire
Hi thank you all for sincere and warm welcome already got my slippers on with a JD , but maybe I’m early with this ,a problem with my new Gretsch that I never had with my accoustic is that the first four frets tuning seems to be a tad sharp wel not a tad on the 6th string a lot sharp , any ideas what going on here my first reaction is that the neck needs filing down ,I have not done a set up yet or changed the strings Ill wait to when they arrive just a tad concerned maybe it’s an electric Gretsch thing
dunno.cheers
 

capnhiho

Country Gent
Feb 16, 2013
1,432
California
Hi thank you all for sincere and warm welcome already got my slippers on with a JD , but maybe I’m early with this ,a problem with my new Gretsch that I never had with my accoustic is that the first four frets tuning seems to be a tad sharp wel not a tad on the 6th string a lot sharp , any ideas what going on here my first reaction is that the neck needs filing down ,I have not done a set up yet or changed the strings Ill wait to when they arrive just a tad concerned maybe it’s an electric Gretsch thing
dunno.cheers
It sounds like your nut slots may not be deep enough - the strings at that end of the neck are likely so high that fretting pulls them sharp; I had a similar problem with my Double Jet. This condition is fairly easy to correct, but you may wish to consult a luthier if you’re not confident about doing the job yourself (or if you lack the proper tools).

And welcome to Enablers Unanimous!
 

dlew919

Country Gent
Jul 18, 2016
1,185
Sydney, Australia
I’d argue that the best guitar to graduate to electrics from acoustics would be a gretsch. Maybe a casino.

Has gretsch ever made an ugly guitar? Even the Bo Diddley is charming. Yours is beautiful.

10s -46 are perfect. Wound G if you don’t want to bend.

It’ll need a set up. Plenty of resources on the web to help. If you’ve done acoustics an electric will be easy.

*EDIT* 'Graduate' is not meant to imply that electric guitars are 'better' or 'higher', just changing. You can also graduate from electric to acoustic...
 
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guitarist1983

Electromatic
Feb 22, 2022
24
Georgia
Hi thank you all for sincere and warm welcome already got my slippers on with a JD , but maybe I’m early with this ,a problem with my new Gretsch that I never had with my accoustic is that the first four frets tuning seems to be a tad sharp wel not a tad on the 6th string a lot sharp , any ideas what going on here my first reaction is that the neck needs filing down ,I have not done a set up yet or changed the strings Ill wait to when they arrive just a tad concerned maybe it’s an electric Gretsch thing
dunno.cheers
Electric guitars work best with a light touch, you can't mash the strings down hard; heavier gauge strings may help you transition to electric. Try an 0.011 or 0.012 set. Ernie Ball makes 011-048 sets and some 0.012-.056 sets, too. However, a 056 string will likely require the nut be modified. You can also try a capo on fret 1 and see if your problem still occurs--if so then nut height is not your problem, but likely finger pressure.
 

mrfixitmi

Country Gent
Mar 20, 2010
1,921
Michigan
@Buggerlugs,

Welcome as many have said your guitar probably comes with 10-46 strings, our G2622 did come with 10-46s. The set up was good, however, the nut for the "G" string needed a little help with the back angle. We needed to slope the nut downward toward the head stock. This solved the tuning issues we had with the "G" string. It is also helpful to add some nut lubricant to the nut slots, and on the saddle (bridge) where the strings contact the movable "ramps".

Being acoustic players, we do like the heavier strings. We did replace our 10-46 strings with D'Addario 11-49's (EXL-115). These nickel wound strings gave us the sound and feel we were looking for. There were two nut sluts that needed to be opened. The others were fine. If you feel that the 11-49s are perfect, you can always upgrade to the higher priced 11-49 Elixer #12102 Nanoweb electric strings if you were used to the Elixir strings on your acoustic. I would try the lower priced D'Addario first to see if you like the feel of the 11's.

You have selected a beautiful guitar, and they are a tremendous value proposition in the world of almost endless choices. I honestly feel that it won't be your last Gretsch.
 

Buggerlugs

Electromatic
Jul 1, 2022
15
Yorkshire
Hi thanks for the tips I have just sent in my Gretsch for a set up , I did buy some 10/46 flatwounds to go on it as well ,I felt that it would give me a more mellow sound, according to YT vids , we’ll see when it comes back , if not I’ll try 11s .you know it’s like I’ve just bought a guitar for the first time,it’s like travelling downs a long road and I’ve just taken a left turn just to see where it takes me
thanks again😎
 


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