Some problem with my new G5220

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  1. old_internal

    old_internal Electromatic

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    Tehran
    Hey everyone,
    today I bought my first brand new guitar (yay!)

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    I took it out of the box and hook it to my amplifier and tuned it.
    When I played it I have some fret buzz on most string.
    The other thing is the pickups are somehow placed weird (maybe it's completely fine, i don't know i'm pretty new to guitars), here are some pictures of the pickups

    Image 1 - Image 2

    Are the pickups in the right place?
    And what should I do for fret buzz? Should I return my guitar or it's something fixable?
    Thanks
     
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  2. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

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    OI,

    Please explain ''weird''.

    I'm looking through my Master catalog and I am seeing ''floating space'' around the neck pickup for your model, nothing to worry about.

    These pickups are ''English Mount'', meaning being attached to the plastic surround ring and not the guitar. Pickup height is adjusted by turning the small inner screws on the surround, two screws on one side to prevent ''rocking'', one screw on the other, hidden under the pick-guard. The pick-guard will have to be temporarily removed to adjust the ''height screw''.

    As far as fret buzz, check your action height as the action may be set too low, loosen strings slightly, adjust bridge height, retune.

    Very nice ''vintage'' finish. You can remove the plastic ''protection film'' covering the pickups.

    The stand will help to protect the guitar when it's out of the case. Hope you got a proper ''Jet'' case as well, the jet case has special wedge padding for the underside of the body, to ensure the guitar ''rests'' with no strain on the neck.

    Enjoy your new guitar.

    BIB.
     
  3. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

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    I would slightly raise the action and check the intonation, that can have an affect as well. Check the neck to make sure it’s not bowed too far forward or back. You may have to adjust the truss rod slightly, ideally the neck is as straight as possible with no buzz. That neck pickup also looks like it could come up a bit.
     
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  4. old_internal

    old_internal Electromatic

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    By weird I mean one of them (bridge) is pretty low compare to the other one (neck).
    And for the pickup height, is there any rule of thumb for it?

    by the way thanks for your information, I would definitely buy a case for it.
     
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  5. old_internal

    old_internal Electromatic

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    I think giving my guitar to a expert to adjust these things is a good idea :D
     
  6. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    First off, welcome to the forum and the world of Gretsch @old_internal. I have that same guitar in Casino Gold. It's a great instrument! I would return the guitar to the dealer for a set up assuming you have that option, especially since you are "new to guitars". Most of the adjustments are pretty straight forward and you've received some good advice already with I'm sure more to come, but a bit tricky if you don't have some experience.
     
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  7. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Welcome @old_internal ,
    this is a beautiful Jet you have, congratulations!
    Two thoughts regarding your problems: first, I think both pickups need to be closer to the strings. Back in Black gave a good description how to do it. Gretsch pickups like to be rather close to the strings. You may want to see TV Jones setup guidelines as a starting point: https://tvjones.com/adjustments-and-schematics
    Second: if you bought that guitar in a store (not via internet), take it to the store and ask for a proper setup. The best case would be that there is somebody in the store to set the guitar up, check intonation and action in a few minutes - and possibly free of charge. Usually, a new guitar should be playable out of the box, but changes in temperature and/or humidity can affect the playability.
     
  8. Jardin

    Jardin Electromatic

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    Greetings old_internal and Welcome!

    Here is a link to the Gretsch Manual that will likely help to understand how to adjust the action and truss rod etc. Really simple once you find your way around.
    https://assets.ctfassets.net/3xaxfh...c360009ce371d3144dbe85/gretschmanual42403.pdf

    Action and the like are really matter of preference but this should get you in the ballpark and you can make adjustments from there. It should also help you answer most of the common questions that come up.

    If you are in the ballpark on action and truss rod adjustment and it is still buzzing, then you should take it back to where you got it and talk about how to remedy the issues.

    As far as pick up height goes here is a link to TVJones Specs on pick up height for filtertrons. Again this will get you in the ball park and then you can tweak until your ears are happy:
    https://tvjones.com/adjustments-and-schematics

    Enjoy your new guitar!
     
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  9. old_internal

    old_internal Electromatic

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    Thanks, I'm really glad I found this forum.
    I will contact them in the future (it's the new year holidays here, so they are closed for an other week) and ask them for a setup.
     
  10. old_internal

    old_internal Electromatic

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    Thanks, it really is beautiful.
    Yeah I will contact them and ask them for a setup
     
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  11. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

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    Oh also, be patient with the strings breaking in and some issues remedying themselves after the guitar is setup and you’ve played it a lot for a week. Some strings take longer to break in than others and they can still buzz until they’re fully set. I just got a new guitar similar to yours last weekend and I adjusted the truss rod after a couple days and after a week of constant playing it’s really coming to life and keeping tune well.
     
  12. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    SoCal
    Welcome OI to Gretsch-Talk. Best of luck with the new Jet. It’s a beauty!
     
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  13. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Welcome to the forum. It is likely that things could have shifted from the time time in left the factory into you hands. As people have advised, have the shop perform a basic set up. A new guitar should be playable when you buy it from a local shop. When you buy it online, and it travels to an area with different humidity/temperature levels, minor tweaking and neck adjustments are common. It doesn't mean that the guitar is defective, so please relax and enjoy it.

    The advantage to set up, is to have it adjusted to your playing style. If you are a hard picker versus a finger picker, the set up can accommodate that. That is an instrument of beauty, and having to fight with it, does not make sense. We always set up our guitars before handing them over to a customer, this is the main reason that you buy locally.

    People have given great advice, and if you feel brave over the next week, and want to try it, these guitars are designed to have frequent neck adjustments. As was mentioned, Gretsch pickups tend to be closer to the strings than other guitars. Moving the pickups closer to the strings, and raising the bridge height is a very common adjustment.

    Welcome to the forum, and you do have great taste in guitars.
     
  14. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Don't worry @old_internal : indeed this is fixable... Your brand new guitar is simply in need of a setup correction, and that's normal.

    By the way, many of us - me included - own a G5220 and AFAIK, nobody complain about that fine guitar...

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    IMHO, if you don't know how to setup your instrument, the best would be to refer to a local competent luthier. It won't cost you a fortune and your guitar will be fine-tuned to your needs. ;)

    But it's me, OK ? :D
     
  15. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

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    OI,

    If there is a fast and hard rule regarding pickup height in relation to ''bottom of string'', I'm not aware of it.

    I set my pickup height as close to the PU as possible, with little/to no chance of the string grazing the pickup.

    It's personal preference, like to many other guitar related likes/dislikes.

    No mention was made where/who you purchased the guitar from, seems obvious no predelivery set up was performed.

    Personally I prefer no predelivery set-up, for those like yourself, it would have certainly gone a long way in assuring you your new guitar was not defective.

    Be careful of the set-up tools you use. Buy a few small correct fitting screw drivers with fresh tips, screws are soft mailable steel and damage easily, do not over-tighten anything.

    Screwdriver sets like I've shown will work very well for you. The driver on the left has a torque setting and is a little pricy, the set in the case is Kubota brand, $20/$25. It even has the two pin ''security'' screw tip.

    Mine do double duty, Guitars/scuba gear.

    Best,

    BIB.

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  16. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

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    Welcome to GT old_internal!

    Congrats on the new geet sir.
     
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  17. Outlaw

    Outlaw Country Gent

    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Once your new jet is set-up properly it will play and sound great.
     
  18. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum, old_internal!
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  19. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Congrats on the new guitar, nice colour too.
     
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  20. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum @old_internal , glad you found us
     
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