Nearly finished my 5420!

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Barber2020, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. Barber2020

    Barber2020 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2021
    Utah
    I've gone through and done the mods I wanted to do with my 5420 and it's coming out amazing. Floated the bridge with an aluminum Compton, ground down the Bigsby bar stop so that I can run it under my wrist, put in a hot rod master volume/3 way switch with some dummy dice pots and finally, got the pickguard/truss cover I've been looking for.

    Next up, I was thinking about getting it pinstriped. Has anyone had this done before? I was trying to get a feel for what something like that may cost. Thanks!

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  2. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Hello and welcome to the forum, glad to have you here.
    Your 5420T is a great looking Gretsch, enjoy it.
     
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome friend , your guitar looks great
     
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  4. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    Welcome! Beautiful guitar... 5420s are awesome!
     
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  5. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    I've collected pics of many Gretsches that were pinstriped. Try googling "pinstriped guitars."

    I live in a big city and searched for pinstripers. There are a couple here, easy to find and I can meet with them with ideas and get a quote.

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  6. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

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    usa
  7. Barber2020

    Barber2020 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2021
    Utah
    Those are some amazing pinstripe jobs for sure!
     
  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

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    Welcome to GT Barber!
     
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  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum, Barber2020!
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  10. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Found a few more.
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    Those 3 are currently listed for sale on Reverb. The striping doesn't add a lot to the price.

    I don't care so much for the full coverage designs, to me they look too busy. I'd seen some done by another artist that were only maybe 25% coverage and really highlighted the lines of the guitar and those were my favorite. Can't find any pics of those right now.
     
  11. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

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    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    Yes, it's easy to overdo the pinstriping. And you already have a the checkered flag thing going, and if you want to keep it a little classy I would suggest a pretty subtle pinstripe effect.
     
  12. Barber2020

    Barber2020 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2021
    Utah
    I definitely like a more subtle striping. It can definitely be overdone sometimes.
     
  13. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congratulations on your mods, looks great.
    Possibly an additional "mod" could be to take the Bigsby protection off.
     
  14. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

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    Nice 5420 :p welcome
    Keep us posted on the striping, I'm looking forward to seeing it.
     
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  15. Barber2020

    Barber2020 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2021
    Utah
    I’m guessing you’re talking of the rubber cap on the arm? If so, I took I off ages ago, but there must be a strange reflection in that picture because it does look like one is on there.
     
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  16. Barber2020

    Barber2020 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2021
    Utah
    will do, I got set up with a great local pinstriper that I’m taking it to on Sunday.
     
  17. Barber2020

    Barber2020 Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2021
    Utah
    Well, I picked up my 5420 from the pinstriper today, and I couldn't be happier. I asked for something subtle, the colors and design were all up to him. Came out looking amazing!

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