EU source for large bridge wheels

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Dimitree, May 4, 2021.

  1. Dimitree

    Dimitree Electromatic

    Nov 13, 2019
    hello everyone,
    I'd like to get a pair of large thumb wheels to replace the original thumb wheels on my G5622T bridge..only for aesthetic reasons..

    The one I'm looking for are those made by Gretsch, and are quite larger than the standar tune-o-matic thumb wheels.

    Like those:

    but I cannot find any webstore that sells those in Europe (I'm in Italy), and I've checked some US store, but shipping would be too much (40$-70$ for a pair of 5$ wheels!!)

    so, do you know some place to find those wheels?
    thank you
  2. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Stop by a metal shop and ask them if they would make you some. Couple circle cuts from a sheet of SS then tapped to size.
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  3. cowmoo

    cowmoo Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2011
    North Wales
    I have these; diameter/thickness
    On the base, 20mm/2mm(2.5max ) gold
    Left; 18mm/3mm gold
    Centre; 17mm/3mm chrome
    Right; 16mm/3mm chrome
    None are Gretsch but would fit metric thread. The large ones are off an Antoria or Encore.
    Let me know if they’re any good and which you would like. 3AFA3934-8A0D-4DAD-B1B4-A977D3B1EB34.jpeg
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    It'd be cheaper to drill and tap coins of the right thickness and diameter. Cooler, too.
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  5. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
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  6. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    Look for flat knurled nut, thumb nut.
  7. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    The way coins are made today I can't help but wonder if that pot metal would even be durable enough to hold the threads.
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    They even come pre-drilled!

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  9. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

    Mar 27, 2020
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