New G5655TG

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by mikellerTGL, Aug 13, 2020.

  1. mikellerTGL

    mikellerTGL Electromatic

    Aug 13, 2020
    Columbus, OH
    In nearly 50 years of playing I bought my first Gretsch last week - a G5655TG (Cadillac Green).

    I understand in advance this is a purely subjective questions but are Gretsch's with Bixby tailpieces finicky with string gauges? I have read that they "like" heavier strings, but I don't.

    I believe 10-46 are installed at the factory. For many years I have used 9.5-44 gauges on all my guitars, and yeah, I know its not much, but there is a difference.

    Is there any reason which a slightly lighter 9.5-44 set would not be recommended?
  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome and congratulations on the guitar . Sit tight as you'll start to receive dozens of reasons regarding the " finicky "
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  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, mikellerTGL !
    Welcome mat 50.jpg
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  4. dr. love

    dr. love Gretschie

    Jun 2, 2008
    Guitars with floating bridges can be more “finicky” because they can shift more with lighter sting tension and the Bigsby movement can add to it, but lighter strings are definitely do-able.
  5. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    Congrats on your new guitar. Sorry, I can't give you any advice on strings, as I use 11-49s.
  6. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    I don't think the Bigsby has an issue with 9's. The nut will be happier for sure.

    What it does need though is a BiggsFix installed to replace the front tension bar roller if it is anything like mine was. An insane amount of angle and tension and it wouldn't come back even close to in tune after using the Bigsby. Not expensive and simple to do yourself. First pic is the original roller, the second is after the BiggsFix.

    Welcome to the group and you violated the first forum rule; pics or it didn't happen so let's see em!


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  7. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Welcome and congrats.
  8. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    Congrats on the new geet! We love pictures, waiting yours :)

    As for your question, I have only a single guitar with Bigsby, a 2655T, I don't know if I am lucky, I normally use Hybrid Slinkies, so 9's, and I have no issues with Bigsby or keeping tune.
    It does stay in tune ... so glad for that

  9. mikellerTGL

    mikellerTGL Electromatic

    Aug 13, 2020
    Columbus, OH
    Thanks all. Will post a photo soon
  10. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Welcome to the forum.
    Congratulations on your fine new guitar, you will enjoy it.
  11. mikellerTGL

    mikellerTGL Electromatic

    Aug 13, 2020
    Columbus, OH
    And without further ado - the required photo!! Thank you all for the welcome and info.

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  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to the nut house mikeller!:)

    Congrats on the new geet,cool colour.
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