Got my first Gretsch G5220, have some problems with it

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by alex_dark, May 8, 2021.

  1. alex_dark

    alex_dark Newbie

    May 8, 2021
    Hey guys.
    I was searching on internet and found this forum and wonder it's a good place to ask my question.
    First of all I'm pretty new to guitar world so I'm not very into guitars
    I got my G5220 a couple of days ago and today I tried to set it up like neck relief, action and …
    And I face a problem
    The output of the pickup are not the same, the neck pickup is much louder compared to bridge even though I raised the pickup on the bridge side with the 3 screws on the sides but still it's much quieter than neck pickup, is this normal? (volume knobs are at max position)

    Last edited: May 8, 2021
  2. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Hi @alex_dark & Welcome ! :)

    IMHO, to do this, it's better to have some tools... o_O;)


    Yes. I noticed the same phenomenon on my G5220LH-DCM. I had to lower the neck pickup with the casing top at the level of the bezel, and rise the bridge pickup accordingly. Doing this, I could obtain a satisfactory loudness balance between the 2 pickups.

    On the picture below, taken with pickups removed BUT still adjusted at suitable heights, you can see the neat difference in position :


    But it's me, OK ? :D

    Maybe other G5220 owners can confirm ? o_O

  3. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Country Gent

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    Exactly as @hcsterg shows.

    The bridge and neck are very close in Resistance (DCR) and the neck needs to be adjusted with the pole pieces at or below the rings as shown in the pictures above

    to achieve balance.
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  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Do not use the pole-pieces to fix volume issues between pickups.

    Leave the pole pieces flat on the bobbin or following the neck radius. Set the height of the pickups until they sound good and the volume is balanced with the other.

    Only then adjust pole pieces for string to string balance.
  5. Gregor

    Gregor Synchromatic

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Yep, my neck pickup, although not quite level with the bezel, is much lower than the bridge for equal volume and the poles adjusted for string balance as Rich says above.
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  6. Gregor

    Gregor Synchromatic

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Welcome to the forum by the way Alex.
  7. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    Mine too. I'm pretty sure they just use the same pickup.
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  8. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

    Mar 4, 2021
    Welcome to GT Alex. Looks like you’re getting some good suggestions. Good luck!
  9. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT Alex!
  10. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, Alex!
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  11. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    This sent me checking on relative volumes of neck and bridge pickups on my 2017 G5422 that I bought new in ‘18 from GC. I haven’t done anything but play it for 3 years, and the neck/bridge volumes seem just fine as purchased. Lucky, I guess.
  12. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Country Gent

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    Had a close look at where I have my neck pickup set.
    With the pole screws fully screwed in approx 50% of the pole head is above the bezel. Pretty much what other users have said.
  13. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

    Mar 27, 2020
    This is a helpful guide for all types of pups. The bridge pup is indeed raised higher then the neck pup.

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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
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  15. Todd123

    Todd123 Electromatic

    May 15, 2021
    Since it has independent volumes for each PUP and a master volume, couldn't you just use the PUP volume controls to set any king of levels you want and not mess with the PUP height?
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