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5Strats
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Oct 6th, 2015 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently bought a Gretsch G5438T Pro Jet and am really loving this guitar. I've tried out many Bigsby-equipped Gretschs, including high end USA models, and most of them won't say in tune with even subtle trem use.

I also scored a Gretsch case for $99 off of Reverb which is substantially less than what they're selling for elsewhere online.

I was wanting a hollow body Gretsch, but I think the Pro Jet better suits my playing and the loud nature of my band.



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Oct 7th, 2015 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I ordered a G5439T a silver sparkle Pro Jet recently and it should be here by the end of this month. Are you planning on doing any mods to it yet?

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Oct 7th, 2015 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Deep - I'm not planning on doing any major mods. The only thing that may need upgraded is the toggle switch which doesn't seem very robust.

Another upgrade would be better tuners. Some locking tuners would be nice.

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Oct 11th, 2015 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a gold sparkle jet on impulse at the local music shop yesterday, a pre-FMIC MIK guitar. What an awesome little player. Gotta sell something now, but I"m loving this guitar.

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Oct 11th, 2015 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The tuners aren't bad at all--even on the Electromatics.

One thing that vastly improves the Jets that have the floating (wooden-foot) bridge is to pin the bridge in place using small brads or small screws. This keeps the bridge in place.

I prefer the 3/4" long screws Gibson uses on the bridge pickup bezels of their Les Pauls. They are small, with a countersunk Phillips head. Black ones are perfect because they are invisible under the thumb wheels when done correctly.

Set the bridge up so the saddles are in their center of travel, and then (with your preferred string gauge installed), move the entire bridge so all strings are as close as possible to being intonated.

Place tape around the bridge foot so you can accurately place it once you remove the strings to do the work.

So, with the strings off, put the bridge foot in place and drill a 1/16" diameter hole 1/4" inside each post, through the bridge foot and into the guitar in one single motion.

Add a small countersink to each bridge hole, and re-drill only the bridge foot using a 3/32" bit so the screw threads slip through it.

Use the countersink to remove just a smidge of finish around the two new holes in the guitar body. This prevents flaking the finish off when you drive the screws in.

Replace the foot on the guitar, install the screws, add the thumb wheels and bridge, and proceed with the setup.

Those are little square cardboard 'chicklets' taped down to accurately

place the bridge.

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Oct 12th, 2015 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo - The G5438T doesn't have the wooden foot, thankfully.

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Oct 12th, 2015 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent. It probably has the adjust-o-matic, which is a great bridge for the Gretsch Jet.

The Space Control bridge (with the grooved wheels on the threaded rod) is horrendous. Impossible to intonate with a plain G. Me no like.

Not even gold plating can save it, Gretsch.

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