Hello Everyone I own a pretty G540TG, Looking forward to discussing

Tennessee2022

Newbie
Jul 5, 2022
2
Tennessee
Hello Everyone I own a pretty G540TG, Looking forward to discussing a few issues, Let me thumb through the
threads to see about the buzzing and rattling I have had to deal with for a few years. Frustrated yes, but we can
manage this I believe. I have a few stories to share on my little journey but I will hold back for now as I am still in the
how did this happen, what is the cause, what is the best solution, is and was this preventable???? Thank you in advance as the empathetic hearts fall upon this post. I really love this guitar but was not so sure for a while. I hope we can solve this soon.
 

THS3171

Gretschie
Jan 20, 2020
206
Germany
Hello and welcome to the forum. Pics of your GreTscH are welcome :)
The G5420 LH was also my first Gretsch. It's a dangerous gateway drug, it didn't just stop at just one Gretsch
 

rake_ether

Synchromatic
Aug 24, 2019
544
Athens, GA USA
Hello and welcome. The G5420 was my first Gretsch and I'll never part with it. Fortunately I've had no real issues with it. Hope you will be able to fix any problems you have with yours.
 

Shock

Synchromatic
Sep 7, 2020
530
Minnesota
Welcome. We love to see guitar pics. How about one with a clear look at the bridge. That is a good place to start to look for a rattle. Check if your pick guard is loose. I had one once I took off because the pickups were picking up the rattling, even though I couldn't hear it rattle when it wasn't amplified.
 

Tennessee2022

Newbie
Jul 5, 2022
2
Tennessee

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audept

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Dec 1, 2010
29,433
Sydney, Australia
Welcome to the forum, @Tennessee2022 ! 5420s are great guitars. A visit to a good luthier will be richly rewarded. With a professional setup and some fine attention to detail they can go to next-level greatness.
welcome mat 130.jpg
 

Dana Rudd

Country Gent
Nov 26, 2019
2,344
Greybull, WY
Hello @Tennessee2022, welcome to G-T. Nice to have you join us here.
Good Looking G5420T you have. Very popular model here on the forum, yep I've got one too.
Enjoy your Gretsch and the time you spend here on the forum.
 

AllenK

Synchromatic
Feb 7, 2019
530
Staffordshire Moorlands, UK
Can't go wrong with a 5420 as first Gretsch.

Have you considered replacing the bridge with one of the quality bar bridges you can get - TruArc, Compton or dbridge? If the rattle is coming from the bridge then any one of those will cure it and should also improve things like tone and sustain.

If you would prefer more adjustability for intonation then something like an ABM-2400 roller would be a good upgrade. I have one on a 5622 and don't get any rattle problems. It also improved the definition and clarity of the base end of the guitar's tone.
 

hcsterg

Friend of Fred
Feb 13, 2012
6,560
France
The G5420 is probably the GreTscH's best seller model, and it's totally justified :

- Fair price.
- Pure Gretsch look and tone.
- Perfect modding platform.
- Premium playabilty.
- Excellent and reliable build quality.

Just to name a few of her successful plus...

Congratulations @Tennessee2022 ! :cool:;)

A+!
 

Shadowy_Man

Synchromatic
May 18, 2020
578
Chicago
Strange as it sounds slightly loosening the main screw on my pickguard cured rattle. It being tightly connected to the body seemed to cause some kind of sympathetic vibrations that somehow made the bridge rattle too.
 

Tele295

Country Gent
Jun 4, 2008
2,782
Bigsby Springs, CA
Here, you’ll find many of us have completely replaced the tune-o-matic bridge (aka the rattletrap) with a solid metal bridge like Compton and Tru-Arc make. No moving parts means no rattle.
 


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