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Wilgore

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Jul 10th, 2016 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a new 5422T with a bridge that isn't floating. What kind of mods would I need to do if I replaced the bridge with a Compton or something similar?

Some of those bridges don't look like they have adjustable intonation- besides setting the bridge exactly where it intonates (if my bridge were floating). What would I need to do if my original bridge is planted into the top of the guitar?



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Jul 10th, 2016 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A bar-type (and the original Space Control) bridges have no facility for adjustment of intonation. You have to place the bridge in the correct place, which is a compromise for best intonation across all six strings.

If you have a wooden bridge foot that's pinned (affixed) to the guitar's top, you stick with what you already have on there--if keeping the guitar stock is important to you.

If not--you use the bridge you want and switch to floating style--or pin your new bridge where it needs to go.

It's a guitar (and not a particularly collectable one), so drilling new holes in it isn't the end of the universe.

Wilgore

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Jul 10th, 2016 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey thanks a lot- I'm not wanting to keep the guitar stock so I'd consider having the mods done.

Are there tuneomatic style bridges that are better quality- something that I could just drop in there and replace the one I have? Or are they all pretty much the same rattly deal?

Besides Compton bars- what others would you suggest looking at? I'm all ears.

Thanks again for the quick replies Peegoo-

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Jul 10th, 2016 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an aluminum Tru-Arc on my 6122-JR and it is excellent. A big improvement over the stock, TOM-type, tone-wise, it is also radius-matched to the fretboard.

By the way, the stock bridge on mine was a floater.

Tru-Arc

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Jul 10th, 2016 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Gretsch Pro Jet Bigsby that came with a floating Space Control. I swapped it out with a Wilkinson roller bridge and pinned the bridge foot.

I couldn't be happier. It returns to perfect tuning when I use the Bigsby and no rattles or squeaks.

Pinned foot.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 01:56 PM, Jul 10th, 2016)

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Jul 10th, 2016 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is the bridge.

Shop around. Prices swing wildly.

Wilgore

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Jul 11th, 2016 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Was the bridge foot that you pinned on your pro jet the stock one? Or did it come with the Wilkinson?

Thanks again for all the input guys. I can't wait until my guitar is rattle free.

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Jul 11th, 2016 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used the stock foot.

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Jul 11th, 2016 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The newer Gretsch Electromatic guitars have the bridges already pinned. My G5438T Pro Jet has the new style bridge.

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 04:55 PM, Jul 11th, 2016)

Wilgore

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Jul 11th, 2016 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That TruArc Serpentune (stainless) bridge looks pretty enticing. Sounds like its as simple as dropping in the bridge on my current affixed bridge foot. I like the sound of this even though it is a little pricey.

On the other hand I would have to pay someone to drill and install another type of bridge- so maybe it's roughly the same out of my pocket.

I don't have a drill and even if I did I wouldn't trust myself with accurate measurements.

I'll keep you guys posted before I make any huge decisions.

Thanks again for the help!

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Jul 11th, 2016 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you watch the Gretsch forums, there's a lot of enthusiasm for replacing the stock installed bridge.

I encourage you not to make any huge decisions right away. First of all, the factory equipped "Adjust-O-Matic" bridges work pretty well. Brian Setzer still uses these (or equivalent}.

If you still want a custom bridge, it is very important to decide which string set you want. Basically, the larger the string core wire, the further the bridge saddle must be from the nut.

As far as I know, both the Compton and Tru-Arc bridges require that you slide around the bridge bases to get them to tune in. If you want a Serpentune bridge you also need to know if you're 3rd string is plain or wound.

So, I say find your strings, tune them in the to AJM bridge, then your choices will make some sense.

Lee

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Jul 11th, 2016 10:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love the stainless steel Compton I installed on my 5420.



Remember, Brian Setzer's Adjust-O-Matic bridges aren't made in China like your 5422's. He has a guitar tech too. ;o)

(This message was last edited by capnhiho at 12:39 AM, Jul 12th, 2016)

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