G5232T Mods Complete... for now...

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by HypotenusLuvTriangle, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    Hey there, remember when i posted about the unboxing I did of my Xmas guitar with help from my son and two pups?
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    Yeah... that was pretty awesome.

    Here’s what it looks like now.
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    A blue guitar just needs gold hardware to really pop. Honestly, Gretsch should just hire me to design and color coordinate their products. Fred Gretsch III, give me money, please!

    Anyways, mods not just switching to gold hardware include:

    -Hipshot open back locking tuners

    (No routing required)

    -Hipshot GT2 Xtender w/ DoubleStop Lever

    (To do instant drop D and then drop C)

    -Zer0glide Nut ZS-3 (May need to switch the medium 0fret with the high one and widen up the Low E string nutslut)

    -Dr Martins India Ink stained fretboard

    -replaced and rewired the tone knob with a tone switch using 0.11uf and 0.223uf caps

    -reorganized the pup volume and tone switch locations

    -removed the tensions bar from the B50

    -turned the B50 string anchor into string thru

    -straplocks, of course

    -Aluminum Compton Bridge

    -TVJ Magnatron neck and Brian Setzer Sig bridge pups.
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  2. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    She’s a stunner!

    I haven’t put nearly that much effort into Joan, my Casino Gold/Arctic White G5245 Double Jet. Joan got a Switchcraft pup selector, BiggsFix roller, and her aluminum Compton arrived yesterday. These are great guitars, aren’t they?
  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Nice job. Looks killer.

  4. s360guitarist

    s360guitarist Electromatic

    Feb 17, 2010
    St. Louis
    That looks great! (and I don't like gold.)

    How is that Magnatron?
  5. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    That looks awesome. Could you give a description of how you stained the fingerboard with ink?
  6. mixmkr

    mixmkr Electromatic

    Mar 2, 2020
    I have the same guitar, but found the pots, input jack, and pup selector to be Chinese junk. The plastic nut was also replaced with bone and I went with the Grover mini Roto locking. Looking at the string angle, it appears the tension bar would be slightly underneath as well. Your gold looks good.
  7. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    They are fantastic. I was stunned when I first picked it up. So much upper fret access. So good. Kinda wish it was 25.5" scale length with 24 frets though. I didn't originally plan on swapping the pups. But then I put my duo-trons into my Falcon and those HSFTs had to go somewhere. So i put them in. Then I discovered a neck magnatron I purchased from @nord'ish back in 2016. Planned it for a project then got around to it, like, was gonna do a magnatron and supertron combo in my Falcon, but then the Duo-Trons came out. So i saved it. Cut to 2 weeks ago rummaging thru my garage... ooooo... a gold magnatron... perfect for my G5232T. So I needed a new bridge and decided to go with the BS sig.

    Thank you much!

    Don't know how you couldn't like shiny gold. Its so shiny. The Magnatron is beautiful. I have one in the neck of my Penguin with a Powertron in the bridge. So versatile. It's sound is a tamed down version of a Dynasonic without the hum. Love it.

    So, on my other guitars I've used the black polish from StewMac. That stuff was soooooooooo messy. It got everywhere and eventho you just put on a little, it would flow everywhere and get in nooks and crannies and stain the binding and inlays, despite their claim it doesn't. This time I found some India Ink from Dr Martin on Amazon. I like it better. Doesn't run as much and is more manageable (or I'm just better at using it now).

    First: wipe the fretboard down with Naptha, or a solvent like it, to remove oil and clean up any dirt and mess from interfering with the ink soaking in.
    Second: some say to sand the fretboard to allow the stain in better. I suggest not to, because you end up marking up the fret and the ink/stain penetrates just fine.
    Third: use Painter's Tape, the yellow frog tape that doesn't allow paint to bleed under it, and mask off what you don't want black. ie Inlays and binding and nut. Its better, but more time consuming, to cut small pieces to cover the binding in between frets than to cut a piece of tape the length of the fret board as you will be left with space on either side of the fret. Use the edge of the tape to cover up the binding.
    Fourth: On the Inlay, if you can match the inlay with tape, cover it up. If not, when you paint the stuff on, you should just paint around them.
    Fifth: Get one of those sponge paint brushes and just dip a little onto it. get rid of excess paint/stain using a rag or towel. If you have too much on the brush, it will get everywhere.
    Sixth: paint the fret board and get into the edges of the brush point with the frets. Use it sparingly.
    Seventh: Let it dry. StewMac says to let their's dry overnight. I say that's not needed. The India Ink I used this time dried fast.
    Eighth: Get a clean towel or rag and wipe the fret board down and the frets. You're done if their isn't a lot of black stain on the towel. You can now remove the tape.
    Ninth: There will most likely be stain in places you didn't want, so you need to rub it off or sand it off or use your fingernail. This stuff comes off better than the StewMac Stuff. You will need to wipe off the frets pretty vigorously though.
    You can use some Naptha but you need to be careful as it will pull the stain out of the fretboard, and then deposit it elsewhere and might stain something you don't want.

    I think this Dr Martin stuff is more user friendly than StewMacs stuff. It dries faster, easier to clean up, and doesn't come off on your fingers when you play. I stained a couple fretboards years ago. I still get black stain on my fingers when I play. But it washes off, so its no biggie.
    Hope that helps. YOu can PM if you want more info.

    Thanks! Yes. The pots don't bother me yet. I was bummed about the input jack. The replacement gold nut I ordered to go with the gold jack plate and washer didn't fit the jack's screw size and thread. It was like, 0.1mm to big or something. SOOOOOOO ANNOYING!!!!!!!
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  8. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    WoW - I think that's the most extensive list of mod's I've ever seen :D
  9. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
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