Gretsch G5235T......should I?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Salsg, May 4, 2018.

  1. Salsg

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    Locally there is one for sale I can get for $280. It is black with Bigsby, the mini humbuckers, which I've read aren't great.
    I certainly dont need another guitar, but hey it's all about want.

    I had a G5420T before getting my 6120 and it was a fine guitar, didn't like the blacktop too much, but the guitar was well made and played well too. Other than the pickups my only complaint would be the finish felt plasticky. (All my electrics are nitro)

    How does the G5235T Electromatic compare? I am not opposed to swapping pups, I dont have a P90 guitar anyway.

    Worth it?
     
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    At $280, why not? Give it a shot.
     
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    I had a silver one years ago, and put P90s in it. Good axe, but I sold it off when I picked up a Gibson LP Special. The pickups are meh, but if you do pick it up, read the resistance (ohms) of the pickups with a meter- mine had a 5k-ish bridge pickup and a 7k-ish neck. When I reversed those, it made a BIG improvement.
     
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    Well i checked it out today. It was a mess. Everything worked on it, but the switch tip is missing.
    There was corrosion on the frets, needed a fret level, and had a lot of nicks and dings and scratches. Of course, the description in the ad didn't match that.
    A lot of dirt and grime, looks like it just wasn't taken care of.
    Even at that price I had to pass.
     
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    So the guy dropped the price, and I decided to go for it. After a few hours of cleaning and more cleaning, the guitar came out nice. Missing the switch tip, I'll have to find another.
    I have strap buttons on the way, I took to stick ones off, they no longer come apart. Don't really like those types anyway.
    I went to take out the pickup to clean it, and one of the screws broke as I was unscrewing it!
    Half of the screw is in the wood and about 1/8 deep inside! Nothing to try to grab with needlenose pliers or anything. I have no idea how to get that out. Luckily the pickup stays secure with only one screw. Any ideas?

    The stock pickups aren't that bad as I've read

    And of course.......

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    Congrats that is sharp.
     
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    Pretty guitar!
     
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    Nice!
     
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    I am looking at some TV Jones P90 mount pups.
    Classics or Powertrons? Hmmm......

    Anyone have experience? I have Classics in my G6120SSLVO and love them.
     
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    Cheap, "not that bad," can be swapped and upgraded... what's the point in buying something that you have to rebuild to make it mediocre? I'd buy that guitar happily if I didn't have a guitar -- I'm sure it's OK -- but since I have a decent guitar (several, really), I don't think I'd add another uninspired one just because the price is low. That actually strikes me as a bad expenditure, not a bargain.
     
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    Sometimes things are better left unsaid...........
     
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    Great little guitar. The red ones of those are tempting just because... and there's something very satisfying about taking a bit of spit and polish and transforming someone's beater.
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Congrats! This guitar was my second Jet, a great “gateway” drug.

    If your ear leans toward the single coil side, I’d get a Classic neck and Classic+ bridge and be done with it. Extra points for getting these pickups to fit ;)
     
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    I've always resisted these just because the pickup dimensions puzzle me and I hate routing an otherwise good body. Is there a clean drop-in solution, like do Gibson size mini's or firebirds fit?
     
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    From my understanding P90 soapbar is a perfect drop in fit for these.

    Luckily TV Jones makes a few of their pups in P90 mount
     
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    That's my #1 guitar, although I've done some mods to it. But yeah, it's a great guitar and I didn't have a problem with the stock pickups. The only reason I swapped them out (GFS NY II) was because everyone online told me I needed to. The GFS pickups were good, but the stock mini-humbuckers are pretty good also. Currently it has HS Filtertrons in it, but that required a dremel tool and some wood removal...
     
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    The stock pickups in the 5235 are not bad at all, they just aren't "Gretsch-y."

    I had my 2007 5235 guitar modded for Power'Trons, and I love them. I think they are the perfect blend between a PAF and a Filter'Tron. They are the best of both worlds.

    P90s are a good choice for this guitar. Any of TV Jones' pickups in P90 mount would be great here.
     
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