NGD: Gretsch G5232T Electromatic Double Jet FT with Bigsby, Casino Gold

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by grayn, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. grayn

    grayn Electromatic

    May 15, 2017
    North West England
    Went out today, looking for a cheapie with P90s or Filtertron sttyle pickups. I ended up trying 3 guitars,
    a Gretsch G2622T-P90 Streamliner, in Gunmetal; a Gretsch G5232T Electromatic and a Vintage V100P
    ReIssued W/W90 (V100PBB). All 3 were under £500 and I have to say, were excellent value, with good
    build quality and very decent finishing. The first to go was the Streamliner. It had decent P90s on it but they
    didn't quite stand up to the other 2 guitars. Also, I only had to look at the Bigsby and the guitar went way out of
    tune. It was pretty close, between the Electromatic and the Vintage. I preferred the wider fretboard on the
    Vintage but it was the Blacktop Filtertrons on the Gretsch that swung it for me. Apart from a little, buzzy rattlling, from the bridge/tailpeice area (any ideas?), it sounds really good, both clean and with some dirt.
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  2. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    Good choice, brother! I got me a G5232T in Midnite Sapphire. I replaced my bridge with a Compton and gonna try out an ABM 2400 roller.

    If you have any issue with the bigsby being too tight or tuning issues, you can remove the tension bar (i did). I like it better and the strings don't pop out of the saddle.
  3. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Very nice, congrats.
  4. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    Wow, it's a beauty.
  5. grayn

    grayn Electromatic

    May 15, 2017
    North West England
    Thanks. I did the same with another semi I had and it not only improved the trem but also made the whole guitar more resonant. So that tenson bar may be leaving the guitar very soon.
  6. MKunie

    MKunie Country Gent

    Feb 8, 2012
    perfectly beautiful!!!!
  7. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    That's a fine looking double cut Jet. Casino Gold definitely works there.

    Congrats and Enjoy!
  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Congrats and enjoy!
  9. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    I live that casino gold... a great look for a Jet!
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  10. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Congratulations - looks fantastic!
  11. Outlaw

    Outlaw Country Gent

    Jul 13, 2011
    Very nice looking guitar you got there. I would seriously consider a Compton or tru arc bridge, no rattles and improved tone.
  12. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats on a fine looking G5232T. I replaced the bridge on my G5230T with a Comptons. Enjoy your latest.
  13. Marko60

    Marko60 Gretschie

    Mar 26, 2021
    Yorkshire, England
    Cracking looking guitar Grayn, where in the north west are you and where did you buy? I'm just over the pennines in Huddersfield and will be in the market for a new Gretsch soon.
  14. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
  15. grayn

    grayn Electromatic

    May 15, 2017
    North West England
    I got the Gretsch from Promenade Music in Morecambe.
    Sound Affects in Ormskirk also have some nice Gretsch guitars.
  16. Marko60

    Marko60 Gretschie

    Mar 26, 2021
    Yorkshire, England
    I know Sound Affects at Ormskirk, my daughter lives in Southport so I've called in once or twice. I don't know of any guitar shops in Morecambe, although I have been there several times with work and I have good friends there. The only shop I've been to in Morecambe is Gerry's Fishing tackle.....
  17. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, very nice!

    Get rid of the rattlematic. A nice Gotoh is 30 bucks. Opt to remove the outer bar of the retainer. It’s just a hollow tube, the axle is thinner but solid enough.
  18. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    A few strategically placed drops of clear nail polish (nail lacquer on your side of the pond, I believe) will silence the bridge rattles. I’ve had to perform this operation on a few guitars over the years.

    I installed one of Wayne Compton’s Jet bridges on my G5245, but the intonation just wasn’t quite accurate enough for my picky ears. I had to reinstall the lacquer-silenced original. On the other hand, intonation on my Compton-equipped G5420 is perfect!
  19. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    Here’s Joan, my Casino Gold over Snowcrest White Double Jet with hot rodded wiring:
    Compton bridge was still aboard when this photo was taken.
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  20. grayn

    grayn Electromatic

    May 15, 2017
    North West England
    Promenade is on the outskirts of Morecambe, on the coast road.
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