Recommend a new bridge please...(I’ve done a lot of research)

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Viking Power, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Hey Gretsch Brethren!

    I have read maybe all the threads on the interwebz regarding bridge upgrades. I know who the typical top choices are though I’m still unsure. On top of that I have a BricksBiggsFix that I’ll be putting on in short order and am wondering what bridge would work best with it. If you have any suggestions I’d sure appreciate it!

    guitar- 2018 G5622T MIK

    I’ve looked at Compton, but when I reached out was told that they wouldn’t work for my guitar.
    I’ve reached out to Tru-arc and am waiting to find out if one of those might work.
    I’ve considered the ABM-2400 but it’s a bit ridiculous in price in my opinion.
    TVJones has a recommendation on their website under their FAQ’s section. It’s this one: GB-0520 VINTAGE ABR-1 STYLE TUNEMATIC BRIDGE from All Parts. This is at least less expensive and having the recommendation from TVJones means a lot. However, this seems a lot like the stock bridge so is it just a way to throw away $40+ tax and shipping?

    My complaint about my current setup is all of the rattling that goes on. I hate it. My other guitars don’t do this and I’d like to get closer to them with the Gretsch.

    Do I even really need a different bridge?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

    ~Jason

    EDIT: Thanks again everybody.
    Based on feedback here and affordability, I’ve ordered a TonePros TPFR. I’ll update with my results after I get it and install it. You guys all rock!
     
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  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    I'm partial to bar bridges. Simplicity that really works well IMO.

    My preference is Tru-Arc.

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    Best of luck and enjoy your git.
     
  3. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Thanks for the quick response!
    Those bar bridges sure are purdy and seems like they wouldn’t have anything to rattle.
     
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  4. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Nothing but pure tone!
     
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  5. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Do the G5422T’s come with a fixed bridge?
     
  6. Kitvin713

    Kitvin713 Gretschie

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    Jan 10, 2017
    Fresno, CA, U.S.A.
    If you are looking for a roller bridge I like my Tone pro’s TPFR. More than likely you have 6mm bridge posts. So it should fit.
     
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  7. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    I'm not sure about the latest versions.

    I have a '12 G5422T, and it has a floating bridge/base like a lot of the Prolines of that time.
     
  8. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    I’ll take a look. If I remember right it is more reasonably priced than the ABM-2400. Thanks!

    EDIT: Okay, it’s not much less expensive. Sigh.
     
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  9. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    I see. My 2018 G5622T has a fixed base and I think that’s where I have a problem with going to a bar bridge. The intonation doesn’t work with that combo or at least that’s what my research is telling me but I had a bit of hope for Tru-arc working.
     
  10. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

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    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    @Viking Power: If your main issue is the rattles, go to a dollar store and pick up a bottle of cheap clear nail polish. Once your intonation is set, carefully put a droplet of nail polish on each of the moving parts - springs, saddle adjustment screw threads, and springs. That should quiet things down until you make a final decision on a replacement. The original bridge on my 5420 was buzzy junk, as was the crap-o-magic on my Double Jet. The nail polish trick worked well at quieting them down, however.

    Comptons on both of them now....

    (Edited to add that I also have a Biggsfix on the Jet. Great solution to break angle issues!)
     
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  11. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Tim at Tru-Arc can set you up. Several options.
     
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  12. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    NJ
    If intonation up the neck is important to you, you'll likely need an ABR-1/Nashville type, with adjustable saddles... I had a Compton for years, loved it, but started playing more jazz chords up the neck and needed more accurate intonation, got a TonePros (I got the AVR2P, with notched saddles), and couldn't be happier. Perfect intonation, no rattles.
     
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  13. Clejmac

    Clejmac Electromatic

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    Cleveland
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    I am very happy with a brass chambered Compton I put on my G5422TG!
     
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  14. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Nice tip. Thanks!
     
  15. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Thanks! I’m exchanging emails with him over the last few days so am hopeful.
     
  16. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Thank
    Good to know. I’ll check that model out. I don’t have the most sensitive ear but do want solid intonation.
     
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  17. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Fixed bridge or rocking?
     
  18. Clejmac

    Clejmac Electromatic

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    Dec 24, 2020
    Cleveland
    I have a 2020 with a secured bridge. I looked at the Compton web site, took the measurements needed and emailed Wayne. He had what I was looking for in stock. I purchased it, $90 with shipping, and he had it on the way the next business day.

    Overall the bridge sounds much better, doesn't rattle, looks better, and tuning is now stable.
     
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  19. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    So weird. When I emailed Wayne he told me he didn’t make one that would work for my guitar. So I figured I’d have to move on and find something else. Obviously, he knows his product but does leave me scratching my head a bit.
    Edit: reread his email. He says that because my guitar had the bridge studs set in the body at an angle it will not intimate properly.
     
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