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budg
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Jun 10th, 2019 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

So now that the honeymoon is over I thought I would give it a proper review.

To be honest it took me a while to wrap my head around this guitar as my other guitars are Gibson’s and strats. I was looking for something different and this guitar has it in spades. When I first started picking it up my tendency was to play clean , put some reverb or delay on and do some rockabilly or country stuff. Sounded great , but it’s not really in my wheelhouse. So I decided to treat it just like my other guitars. I played some blues, some rock and went for some AC/DC as well. It sounded great on all accounts . The master volume works great with OD . Nice and smooth. Clean tones are out of this world. Hard to believe it’s got humbuckers.

The pots work nice and smooth. They are very effective when used. The guitar stays in tune pretty well, but to be honest I’m not a heavy trem user. The tuners are smooth and hold their tuning quite well. The one thing that surprised me was how nice the fretwork is. Right out of the box the frets appeared to be polished and playing it was easy. The only thing I did was lower the action a tad and adjusted the pickups .

The blacktops are great pickups. They are nice and chimney clean and don’t get muddy with od. They have a Woody tone with plenty of punch .

The neck is a pleasure to play. Not too thin, but not too big . The fit and finish is really outstanding on this guitar. No flaws anywhere .

My only beef is when I play it with a strap the upper bout strap knob keeps coming loose. I have another set coming , but may switch to Dunlop’s .

Al in all a very gigable guitar that covers a lot of tonal ground. I venture to say that this isn’t my last Gretsch either.

Big Joe

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Jun 10th, 2019 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great review... I put Dunlop strap locks on my 5420, as I use on all my other guitars.

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 10th, 2019 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great review!

If it’s equipped with the Gretsch strap buttons that screw onto a threaded hanger screw, this loosening of the strap buttons is a common problem. Try this:

Remove the button and hanger screw. Poke two drops of Titebond wood glue into the screw hole in the wood with a toothpick. Next, use your fingers to screw the hanger screw back into the body. Let it set up overnight.

It will now stay in place as you use the removable button to attach and remove the strap.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 03:58 AM, Jun 11th, 2019)

budg
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Jun 11th, 2019 04:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Gents. Peegoo , I have another set of the Gretsch knobs coming. Ill try that . It doesnt appear to be the stud loosening up in the body of the guitar. Its like the knob is stripped most of the way down. I used to have to thread it most of the way down . Now I can push it most of the way down and only have about an eighth of a turn of good thread to tighten it with . The post appears solid in the guitar body, but ill check more carefully. I could be mistaken.

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 11th, 2019 04:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ah, so it’s the metal-to-metal connection that’s the problem.

budg
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Jun 11th, 2019 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

So I ordered some replacement Gretsch knobs and studs. I took the old knob off and screwed it onto the new stud. It fits perfectly with no slop. I took the new knob onto the old stud and there is some play back and forth , so..... It appears there is a discrepancy between the threads on the knob and the old stud. I’m wondering if one thread is metric and one is sae, or maybe just wrong size threads. So I removed the old stud , installed the new stud and knob . Everything seems to be good now.

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Jun 11th, 2019 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great review!

Interesting observation about the strap knobs. I need to have a closer look at mine.

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Jun 18th, 2019 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

budg: Curious if you think opting for the 5420tg-59 model offers significant advantages over the std 5420t? Sure looks nice -- I'm just not a big fan of gold hw.

budg
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Jun 18th, 2019 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

archie - significant advantages? Not really IMO. I loved the color and really like the fact you can see the wood grain through the finish. I would guess that all the finishes are in line with one another.

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Jun 22nd, 2019 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I climbed on this bandwagon and bought a G5420LH - black.

So, between this thread and your other thread, Bud, I blame you. (-:

budg
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Jun 22nd, 2019 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^^^^ Well leftee , its just payback for the Marshall thread and hooking me in ;-p. Glad I could be assistance.

Enjoy your Gretsch.Dont be afraid to plug that thing into the Marshall.

Leftee
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Jun 22nd, 2019 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, I did! First thing!

My DSL15 head into a 2x12 cab.

Glorious!

Payback is fun on the FDP.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 05:16 PM, Jun 22nd, 2019)

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Jun 28th, 2019 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

“My only beef is when I play it with a strap the upper bout strap knob keeps coming loose. I have another set coming...”

Same same with my 5420

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El Californio

Jul 6th, 2019 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

-removed due to lack of enthusiasm-

(This message was last edited by archiestone at 04:08 PM, Jul 13th, 2019)

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Jul 6th, 2019 11:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just like yours, Bud, the studs were the wrong threads. I put the new studs in and all is well.

budg
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Jul 7th, 2019 04:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Leftee , thank you . I thought I was losing my mind. I ordered the Gretsch ones and they have been rock solid since.

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The Escalator
Jul 7th, 2019 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

The studs that were in the guitar were black. The new ones matched the knobs that came with them.

budg
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Jul 7th, 2019 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

same here. I tried the old knobs on the new studs and they fit tight. With the old studs I could tighten them up and wiggle them loose.

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 7th, 2019 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep!

Does this make us stud brothers?

budg
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Jul 7th, 2019 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep

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