1 hasserl 8 months ago Hey guys, I'm a long time guitar player with dozens of guitars of different brands, mostly Fender & Gibson, I have like 4 Tele's and 3 Strats, 3 Les Pauls, SG, ES135, SIlvertone/Harmony H64 hollowbody from late 50's/early 60's, DeArmond X155 hollowbody (just installed flat wounds on that), and a bunch of other stuff. My #1 has been a Tele since the late 70's, if I could only own 1 guitar it'd have to be a Tele, but thankfully I can own more than that. Never had a Grestch, but always thought they were cool. I've been wanting to expand my hollowbody collection for sometime now, and was thinking about getting one of the new Guild's, but I came across an ad on craigslist for a used Electromatic 5126, I made a low ball offer and the guy accepted it, so now I own a Gretsch, and I can say that already it's moved up to #2 spot and has been out on 3 gigs now since I bought it just before Christmas. I am not a full time pro musician, I have a day job, but I am in a working band (blues), and a working duo act, so my guitars are not just a collection, they do get used professionally as well as for fun. All together I do about 9 - 12 gigs per month on average.So I'm really digging this Gretsch, but I have some issues with it that maybe you guys can help me with. I'm really digging the tone, I love how versatile it is. Between the 3 pickup settings and working the Volume controls it covers a LOT of ground. One of the features that piqued my interest in this guitar was the DeArmond pickups, which I've learned from reading this site are not genuine Dynasonics, but some look alikes? Maybe someone can clarify that. Still, I'm digging them! Great clean tone, especially on the neck, very full & warm and with the volume backed off can sound very jazzy. But crank up the volume and dig in and whoa! This thing will bark! But not a lot of sustain. I think I can work with my compressor to compensate for that if need be, but not too much of a problem.What I'm really struggling with is the contol layout, it's so foreign to me. Any advice on how to work with the controls for somebody who's not familiar with them? So far I've tried diming the individual Volume controls and just using the Master Vol to control volume, and I've tried the opposite, diming the Master and just working the individual Volume pots, but the Bigsby gets in the way of the neck pickup Volume control, and the bridge Volume control is waaaayyyyy down there, I struggle to find it in a hurry. The master being on the lower bout is hard to access too. What do you guys do?The other thing is, this guitar came with a non-stock bridge installed, a roller bridge. The high E string keeps popping out of the roller! I don't know if it's just something with the way I'm picking (flat pick & finger style), or if its a common issue. As you can imagine, it's a pain in the ass to deal with this in the middle of a song. Any help or advice on that would be appreciated.If I can deal with these 2 issues I think I can be fully converted to a Gretsch guy, it could possibly even displace my Tele, though I don't know about that!