I bought a used G5420T for $500 with case, and really like it. Haven't had tuning issues, and it's a different flavor from my Teles. Live it's a blast using the controllable feedback and Bigsby (licensed); for lead work above the 12th fret it's not great, but it's fun.
there's lots of people telling you online how you have to upgrade the tuners, bridge, pickups; for me it's fine for now. At some point I may get the TV Jones wiring kit and add a treble bleed circuit as the treble rolloff from the master volume is pretty significant.
I've played a real 6120 once for about an hour, and so I can't compare the less expensive Gretsch to the real deal, but for starting out with this style of body and pickups, I think it's a great buy for the money used.
I agree that TV Jones pups are a mandatory upgrade. Some models have had them standard. I have replaced with direct equivalents on the Setzer model I had and on my falcon moved from stock humbuckers to TVJ single coil pups.
It really comes alive.
For what it’s worth, both of mine have never felt like the best made Guitars and both have floating bridges. They stay in tune well with mild bigsby use
Post by guitfiddler on Jan 18, 2020 0:39:59 GMT -6
I like my cheap Gretsch made in China. I forgot what the number was, but it's the solid body with the Bigsby. Silver sparkle paint. Stays in tune, and it does sound surprisingly good for made in China, paid $350 for it new. The music store was having a going out of business sale. It was a steal at that price. I think it listed at $749. This was years ago when I bought it. They had USA models as well starting around $1500, but sold out of them so fast I couldn't get to the store in time. I still like the USA models much better, but I'm happy with the setup and tone of this one. Plays like butter. My luthier loves this guitar. He keeps asking me when I'm going to sell it to him.
for the most part, rubbish. But I did find a damaged pro jet that had a soul. I had to gut the electronics and a friend installed a set of 60s deArmonds and a '65 Bigsby B5 which both made a massive difference and gave it an amazing sound. I use it often.
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