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  • Hey Gretsch guys (or other classic styled archtops)

    After some experimenting, I've finally found a setup that works for my Tennesee Rose. I run 11's on everything, but on this one, I have to run a wound G, otherwise the slightest bend throws the G out of tune. I've checked the nut, and tuner, so I assume the bridge is the culprit.



    Anyone have any luck with other bridges on their Gretsch? For now, mine is working well and I can deal with the wound G, but I prefer the plain one. This is my main standard tuning guit, so I don't mind pricier options, I want to get the best thing I can.



    Thanks all.



    Here's a picture, as I don't know what this bridge is called.

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  • #2
    you might be able to fit a tune-o-matic on the wooden base or put a complete ES-175 bridge on it





    there is also the Schaler roller bridge which is good with the Bigsby





    but I don't know if you could mount it on the wooden base


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    • #3
      you might be able to fit a tune-o-matic on the wooden base or put a complete ES-175 bridge on it





      there is also the Schaler roller bridge which is good with the Bigsby





      but I don't know if you could mount it on the wooden base


      you can't control the wind but you can learn to sail

      contentment is true wealth

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      • #4
        Nice Tenny! My first gretsch was one.



        For my current lineup.



        My 6120AM came with an ABR-1 tuneomatic. I had to add a bit of nail polish to quiet the rattles, but it's fine.



        My 6128TCG came with the Melita, which I hated. Too much lateral movement, even hand bending the little pieces. It's now got a brass TruArc, and I play it more than anything. I'll probably get one for the 6120 too.



        I play a 10-46 set, plain G. No issues. I use the bigsby a lot.



        Oh, and roller bridges are tone suckers for the same reason as the Melita. They might make sense if you had a lot of bridge break angle, like with a tension roller bigsby, but even Neil Young and Billy Zoom don't bother with them either.
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        • #5
          Nice Tenny! My first gretsch was one.



          For my current lineup.



          My 6120AM came with an ABR-1 tuneomatic. I had to add a bit of nail polish to quiet the rattles, but it's fine.



          My 6128TCG came with the Melita, which I hated. Too much lateral movement, even hand bending the little pieces. It's now got a brass TruArc, and I play it more than anything. I'll probably get one for the 6120 too.



          I play a 10-46 set, plain G. No issues. I use the bigsby a lot.



          Oh, and roller bridges are tone suckers for the same reason as the Melita. They might make sense if you had a lot of bridge break angle, like with a tension roller bigsby, but even Neil Young and Billy Zoom don't bother with them either.
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          • #6
            Oh, your bridge is what Gretsch calls a "Rocking Bar Bridge." They're OK, but the radius is flatter than your fingerboard. TruArcs take care of that.
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            • #7
              Oh, your bridge is what Gretsch calls a "Rocking Bar Bridge." They're OK, but the radius is flatter than your fingerboard. TruArcs take care of that.
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              • #8
                Oh, your bridge is what Gretsch calls a "Rocking Bar Bridge." They're OK, but the radius is flatter than your fingerboard. TruArcs take care of that.
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                • #9
                  Oh, your bridge is what Gretsch calls a "Rocking Bar Bridge." They're OK, but the radius is flatter than your fingerboard. TruArcs take care of that.
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                  • #10
                    Compton

                    http://www.comptonbridges.com/



                    My 5120 intonates perfectly, 11-49s, unwound G. Just measure your post spacing carefully, and know the fretboard radius. Tell Wayne what string to cut it for.



                    Tru Arc will work too. A little more expensive.

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                    • #11
                      Compton

                      http://www.comptonbridges.com/



                      My 5120 intonates perfectly, 11-49s, unwound G. Just measure your post spacing carefully, and know the fretboard radius. Tell Wayne what string to cut it for.



                      Tru Arc will work too. A little more expensive.

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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by Kap'n
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                        Nice Tenny! My first gretsch was one.



                        Oh, and roller bridges are tone suckers for the same reason as the Melita. They might make sense if you had a lot of bridge break angle, like with a tension roller bigsby, but even Neil Young and Billy Zoom don't bother with them either.




                        Thanks! I wanted a Tenny forever but the price new was a bit much for me, and Gretsches in general seem tough to come by around here used. My tax return last year came it, and one showed up used at the local Guitar Center. I had to jump, it was like fate.



                        I've tried rollers before, with other Bigsby guits. I've had better luck with properly cut nuts, with a bit of graphite thrown in for good measure, along with minor spring mods on the Bigsby.









                        Quote Originally Posted by Kap'n
                        View Post

                        Oh, your bridge is what Gretsch calls a "Rocking Bar Bridge." They're OK, but the radius is flatter than your fingerboard. TruArcs take care of that.




                        That would explain the setup issues I had when I first got it. I never measured the radius, I just assumed it would be right due to it all being factory.
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                        • #13






                          Quote Originally Posted by Kap'n
                          View Post

                          Nice Tenny! My first gretsch was one.



                          Oh, and roller bridges are tone suckers for the same reason as the Melita. They might make sense if you had a lot of bridge break angle, like with a tension roller bigsby, but even Neil Young and Billy Zoom don't bother with them either.




                          Thanks! I wanted a Tenny forever but the price new was a bit much for me, and Gretsches in general seem tough to come by around here used. My tax return last year came it, and one showed up used at the local Guitar Center. I had to jump, it was like fate.



                          I've tried rollers before, with other Bigsby guits. I've had better luck with properly cut nuts, with a bit of graphite thrown in for good measure, along with minor spring mods on the Bigsby.









                          Quote Originally Posted by Kap'n
                          View Post

                          Oh, your bridge is what Gretsch calls a "Rocking Bar Bridge." They're OK, but the radius is flatter than your fingerboard. TruArcs take care of that.




                          That would explain the setup issues I had when I first got it. I never measured the radius, I just assumed it would be right due to it all being factory.
                          <div class="signaturecontainer">Live Rig:<br />
                          <div align="center"> <a href="http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/552505_10150642967952911_782147910_9276805_8752930 77_n.jpg" target="_blank">Gretsch Tenny and Gibson SG Classic</a> -&gt; <a href="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/419350_10150589852237911_782147910_9095779_1289515 009_n.jpg" target="_blank">Some neat effects</a> -&gt; Peavey Classic 50 410 and/or Marshall JTM60 310</div><br />
                          <b><div align="center">Need an exceptionally cheap sound guy in the general Western Pennsylvania area? PM Me. </div></b><br />
                          <font color="#4b0082"><div align="center"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/freecandyband" target="_blank">Do you like Free Candy? Yeah? Then like my band!</a></div></font><br />
                          <div align="center"><a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=2621951" target="_blank">Had a good trade/transaction/deal? Click here to tell HCEG about it!</a><br />
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                          • #14
                            And thanks to the bridge suggestions guys. I'll read up on them. I did some research but it seems like a lot of mod parts for these (or any other vintage style instrument) tend to hover in the "snake oil" realm. I needed some trustworthy accounts before I threw the money down.
                            <div class="signaturecontainer">Live Rig:<br />
                            <div align="center"> <a href="http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/552505_10150642967952911_782147910_9276805_8752930 77_n.jpg" target="_blank">Gretsch Tenny and Gibson SG Classic</a> -&gt; <a href="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/419350_10150589852237911_782147910_9095779_1289515 009_n.jpg" target="_blank">Some neat effects</a> -&gt; Peavey Classic 50 410 and/or Marshall JTM60 310</div><br />
                            <b><div align="center">Need an exceptionally cheap sound guy in the general Western Pennsylvania area? PM Me. </div></b><br />
                            <font color="#4b0082"><div align="center"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/freecandyband" target="_blank">Do you like Free Candy? Yeah? Then like my band!</a></div></font><br />
                            <div align="center"><a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=2621951" target="_blank">Had a good trade/transaction/deal? Click here to tell HCEG about it!</a><br />
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                            • #15
                              And thanks to the bridge suggestions guys. I'll read up on them. I did some research but it seems like a lot of mod parts for these (or any other vintage style instrument) tend to hover in the "snake oil" realm. I needed some trustworthy accounts before I threw the money down.
                              <div class="signaturecontainer">Live Rig:<br />
                              <div align="center"> <a href="http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/552505_10150642967952911_782147910_9276805_8752930 77_n.jpg" target="_blank">Gretsch Tenny and Gibson SG Classic</a> -&gt; <a href="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/419350_10150589852237911_782147910_9095779_1289515 009_n.jpg" target="_blank">Some neat effects</a> -&gt; Peavey Classic 50 410 and/or Marshall JTM60 310</div><br />
                              <b><div align="center">Need an exceptionally cheap sound guy in the general Western Pennsylvania area? PM Me. </div></b><br />
                              <font color="#4b0082"><div align="center"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/freecandyband" target="_blank">Do you like Free Candy? Yeah? Then like my band!</a></div></font><br />
                              <div align="center"><a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=2621951" target="_blank">Had a good trade/transaction/deal? Click here to tell HCEG about it!</a><br />
                              <font color="Red">Proud to be 1st Lieutenant in the SG Army Special Forces <img src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="thumbs up" class="inlineimg" /></font></div></div>

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