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Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Outlaw, May 9, 2021.
Love it man. Great work.
That is pretty, great work!
Love it! Nice work! Any chance of a sound clip?
Outlaw, that is about the coolest redo I've ever seen! I've got a Daphne Blue Strat, so I agree it's a great color and pairing it with cream colored back and sides is an awesome combo. You've done a great job with the modding and woodworking. I wish I could be as handy with woodworking as you are.
Still in awe of you doing this, fantastic work and I love the colour scheme. Well done.
Outstanding work, @Outlaw !
That finish is simply stunning.
That is exceptional, beautiful and just pure class. What a great job!
This is amazing, you should start charging to do this for people
That looks so good gratz on the build, she's a real looker
Outlaw, let me know when you will and I'll get in line.
I couldn't have put it better myself, you are spot on.
Gretsch have made several electro jet models and I think at least one of those could of offered the choice of a floating bridge, yes I know 'production costs' etc but there has been bolt on neck versions, solid body, chambered body etc etc.
My point being that I don't think that costs is a big factor, after all the 5420s have it, but what do I know!!
I've asked my guitar man (a well known italian vintage Gretsch specialist) the same question and his guess it's that basically all the chinese factories now own the same production machines. The one that does Epiphones, Guilds, Gibsons and other "les paul type" guitars. So it's easier (and convenient) to build them with the same structural features.
Yes, that does make sense but it's still a shame.
Well, let's put it that way: a 5220 it's a 400 dollars guitar (although a very good one), so I can handle the fact that it sounds a bit more "gibby" than a true Duo Jet (that costs x5 dollars).
What I wouldn't really accept is that the new Pro Line Jets (that cost 2000 dollars) are built with the same features and, basically, if a want a "true jet sounding" Duo Jet I have to buy a Custom Shop. That's a pity.
Don't get me wrong: the new Pro Lines are wonderful guitars... but with bolt on bridge and B7, they just sound different, that's a fact.
That's a good idea and once the guitar is set up with new nut etc I'll do it!
Thanks to you and everyone for the thumbs up on this project, it means a lot!
There are a few big body Electromatics that have a raised neck, allowing a wood based bridge.
Makes bridge swaps so much easier.
Opening up the pocket, and raising the neck is the best of your mods, it will allow you to do so much, especially if you want to make some changes in the future...George Harrison??
The current low profile Electromatic neck joint keeps the Jet in a similar structural configuration to a LP, which may be the market Gretsch is trying to chase, it's certainly no easier or less expensive to do, but Gretsch sticking with Gretsch tradition would be much better, so would dumping the T-O-M bridge, another LP likeness.
Outlaw, if you don't mind, what was your total expenditure, including the cost of the guitar and the case?
When I did my G5222 to Malcolm Young ''Salute'' last summer, my total expenditure was high, a lot of it having to do with what I had to pay for the first Burns Tremolo, and the fact that I ended up doing a second TVJ PU and harness swap.
Nothing beats, buying a new guitar, and tearing it apart.
Thanks for your comments and I totally agree with you.
As for your good question about total expenditure, I'll work it out and let you know.
I've got to take several things into account such as, the 5230 was a present from my other half, the b3 was a present from my son, the HS filters I already had.
So really I have bought the nitrocellulose (£100),
Kluson tuners (£60)
Compton bridge (£80)?
Bridge base (£10) ebay cheapo
Aluminium electro socket (£7)
So there is £257.00 approx
and then add cost of guitar, Bigsby and pickups and switches, pots etc.
and we're about there.
I hope this is helpful.