Saddle buzz on my 5230T

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by TomK, Aug 25, 2021.

  1. TomK

    TomK Electromatic

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    Nov 18, 2020
    Chicagoland
    Guys I am getting a buzz from one or two saddles on my 5230T. It appears that the screws are moving away from the saddle. This is causing a buzz or rattle. I would really like to change out the bridge to a roller style. From what I have read, there are no drop in ones available. Replacement bridge needs some modifications. Any ideas my dear friends?
     
  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Go with a bar bridge.
     
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Get some clear nail polish and lock the saddles for the time being. Roller bridges suck.
     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

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    Tru-Arc or Compton bar bridges. Install one and never worry about it again.
     
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  5. Butch Ammon

    Butch Ammon Gretschie

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    If you want to stick with the stock TOM bridge from Gretsch: Get some BLUE Loctite, and gently apply it to the threads of the bridge saddles. Sha-boom... Problem solved!

    Do not, repeat... DO NOT... use the RED Loctite... That %*#^ is freakin' permanent!! :eek:
     
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  6. SpaceCowboy

    SpaceCowboy Electromatic

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    Aug 16, 2019
    Austin
    I put the green Loctite on mine, it flows on its own into the void areas on the threads so you don't have to readjust the intonation, etc. Plus it's the easiest to break if you need to move something. Seems like it worked. Also, it dries clear so you can't even see it's there.
     
  7. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    I bought a bottle of clear nail polish at the dollar store - cost me a buck. The bridge on my G5245T (same as on the 5230) has been silent ever since.
     
  8. TomK

    TomK Electromatic

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    Nov 18, 2020
    Chicagoland
    True that. I was an engineer for erox for 25 years, I get the difference. But thanks for reaffirming that to me and post viewers,
    utch Ammon, post: 1426648, member: 16926"]If you want to stick with the stock TOM bridge from Gretsch: Get some BLUE Loctite, and gently apply it to the threads of the bridge saddles. Sha-boom... Problem solved!

    Do not, repeat... DO NOT... use the RED Loctite... That %*#^ is freakin' permanent!! :eek:[/QUOTE]
     
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  9. TomK

    TomK Electromatic

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    Nov 18, 2020
    Chicagoland
    I am going to try this. Thanks
     
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  10. NowEarThis

    NowEarThis Gretschie

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    Not if it's an ABM2400!
     
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  11. Ashley1983

    Ashley1983 Gretschie

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    Aug 9, 2020
    England
    I couldn’t disagree with this more I have a roller bridge and it’s brilliant
     
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  12. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Honestly, I’m glad they work for you. Obviously I was a bit cheeky with my comment. :)

     
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  13. TomK

    TomK Electromatic

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    Nov 18, 2020
    Chicagoland
    You are all good Ric.. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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  14. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I've always wondered about Gretsch's Adjustamatic bridges. There's no reason to assume they'd match Gibson's TOM specs for the spacing, but dang, it sure would be nice if they did.
     
  15. TomK

    TomK Electromatic

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    Nov 18, 2020
    Chicagoland
    I did it. New strings and the nail polish trick. Seems to have stabilized the rattle. Still getting tuning instability using the Bigs. Now what?
     
  16. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    Nut slots are the usual suspect….
     
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  17. Outlaw

    Outlaw Country Gent

    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Nail polish is for girlies!

    Get a Compton or tru-arc and be a real man! :)
     
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  18. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Houston
    The Wilkinson roller is not shabby, nor expensive. I really didn't expect much at the price they go for, but I've got three of them now. They should be a drop-in replacement on your 5230. They're a little bit fun to get set up, but once they're there, they stay there and no rattling.

    I won't tell you not to get a Compton, Tru-Arc, etc, I have more than one Compton myself, but bear in mind that those are straight bridges that will be a compromise where intonation is concerned, and are best used on a floating bridge which the 5230 does not have.

    Nail polish or blue LocTite may or may not be the best fix, but I recommend experimenting as it's an inexpensive fix and nothing that won't clean up later with a stiff brush and a little acetone. I use LocTite all the time on motorcycle parts, gun parts, etc, but I don't remember the last time I used it on a guitar part...

    -m
     
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  19. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    I use a Truarc Serpentune bar bridge on my G5230T. It drops in. The sustain is great, and the intonation seems pretty good.

    Gretsch G5230T with chrome bar bridge.png
     
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  20. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    OMG! You're a cross-dresser?!

    ;)
     
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