G5420T love

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mschafft, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    594
    Jan 19, 2017
    Switzerland
    The orange stain G5420T got a new set of strap buttons (the retro ones were getting loose and impractical for me). I played a few chords unplugged last night and was very pleasantly surprised at the openness and sweetness of the acoustic tones. I guess the larger f-holes make a difference explaining why my G2420T sounds slightly boxier acoustically. Anyway, it was one of those moments where you put the final touch (new Gretsch walnut leather strap too) after a long process of getting the guitar to play the way you want and feeling the result overcoming expectations. Just wanted to share the joy!
     
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  2. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congrats,
    Bububububut.... Pixs or it didn't happen!
     
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  3. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    594
    Jan 19, 2017
    Switzerland
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  4. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    A shiny piece of art.
     
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  5. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

    135
    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    I too have much love for the G5420T, mine in Aspen Green.
     
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  6. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    There are some great Electromatics, but I think the 5420 has captured the 6120 mojo in a stunningly made package. Other guitars come and go in my house but mine will never be sold.
     
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  7. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Nice!
    I bet cash money the 2420T sounds ‘boxier’ because it don’t have a sound post like the 5420T :)
     
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  8. Thass

    Thass Electromatic

    71
    Dec 29, 2019
    Palm Desert
    She’s a beauty.
     
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  9. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    799
    Aug 21, 2014
    NYC
    I gotta agree. I modded out my orange 5420 with HS Filtertrons, locking tuners, gold surrounds and pickguard, Compton bridge, Squishy spring and filed down nub on the Bigsby arm bracket , jack plate, Zero Glide Zero fret.. and probably other stuff I don't remember.. LOL. Then I was fortunate enough to acquire a 6120! I was floored to see that the difference between the two was really negligible for me. Other than the slight difference in neck shape (a hair thinner on the 6120, which I like) and the mud switch (which I really don't like), not being a professional anymore, I actually am thinking of selling the 6120! Nuts, but can't justify having two guitars that are so close in spec. Saving grace is to put Dynasonics in the 5420, but can't seem to find an easy way to mount them, but that might be my project for 2020.
     
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  10. fsdphcorrigan

    fsdphcorrigan Electromatic

    49
    Aug 30, 2019
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
    What buttons are those, and do you know if they're available in gold?
     
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  11. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    566
    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    Love my 2016 5420...... I installed TV Classics, Reverend Softspring, and strap locks....use Thomastick BeeBop Round would 11s which are full sounding, incredibly balanced and feel like 10s under my hands....and they last forever.
    I keep this guitar in the stand all the time in my music room because I play it everyday.
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  12. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    594
    Jan 19, 2017
    Switzerland
    I used these but with Fender felt pads and non original screws:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-10P...800154?hash=item5d78de685a:g:llwAAOSw-xVaMOyN

    They come in gold with a very similar shape :
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Pieces-...156737?hash=item3d875f0641:g:GVgAAOSwXgFcoWUf

    The screws that came with these buttons were very thin. Fortunately, I had slightly bigger ones which happened to match the original holes perfectly.

    BTW I cut the Fender felt pads in halves because they are super thick (it also doubles the number of pads quite conveniently).
     
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  13. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    566
    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    After hitting a few guitar shops when I was in Austin, and playing both guitars, I had a tough time justifying the price tags of the 6120 vs the 5420, especially after loading TV Classics in a 5420....both were exceptional guitars. Just my evaluation and I do own high end Fenders, Heritage and Gibson guitars
     
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  14. Thass

    Thass Electromatic

    71
    Dec 29, 2019
    Palm Desert
    Joey how do you like that Princeton Reverb? I want a super clean amp that doesn’t break my back. The goal is to run a wet dry signal. I love all the chatter about modding the 5420t.
     
  15. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta

    5420’s are fantastic after some mods. And not a lot of mods at that. And since I like a bigger neck.....5420’s are always attractive. Still though, a 6120 is a PREMIUM instrument and certainly “nicer” imo.
     
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  16. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Gretschie

    216
    Nov 18, 2019
    Hillsboro, OR, USA
    I also have a pair of TV Jones Classics in mine, and a set of Sperzel locking tuners.
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  17. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    566
    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    I also prefer the feel of the larger neck..just feels a lot more comfortable for me..
     
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  18. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    566
    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    I also changed the bridge to a quality roller. Due to the pinned bridge, I needed something with adjustable saddles so I could properly intonate the guitar, which a fixed bridge would not allow.youll note the holes I drilled in the pickguard to make pick up adjustment simpler.
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  19. cqscqs

    cqscqs Gretschie

    255
    Dec 8, 2013
    midwest
    Which bridge is that? Looks good. Also, drilling holes win the pick guard, I had never thought of that, great idea.
     
  20. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    566
    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    I got that bridge from All Parts years ago and had it in my spare parts bin...I was lucky it had a 12” radius.
     
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