1 Proteus 5 months ago I believe in the scientific method as mankind's greatest tool, and the source of more benefits to the race than any other single intellectual development in our history.You know: observe carefully, create a hypothesis, devise a test, control the test by constraining all variables but the one you're testing. Run the experiment, observe and document results. Hypothesis is confirmed or disproven, quantified, revised for next test.Whatever you do, never make more than one change in a system at once - or you won't know how to evaluate the results.That's why I decided to change the tuners, the bridge, the Bigsby spring, and the strings all at the same time on my 2003 G5248T Electromatic Double Jet. As mentioned briefly in the what-was-your-first-Gretsch thread - and as covered exhaustively in a gloriously pictographic thread (complete with multiple sound files) which is now lost to us in the 2014 Database Black Hole - this first-generation Electromatic was my introduction to all things Gretsch. I had been aware of Gretsch since Februrary 1964, but in 38 years of playing had never held one in my hands, nor knowingly heard one played live. They were always too expensive, and I hadn’t followed the rebirth of the company. Around 2004 a guy I was buying a guitar from on Ebay mentioned that the Electromatics were “a seriously good idea.” So I started paying attention and soon bought this one. It was good enough to hook me on Gretsch and send me on a long, expensive, but rewarding adventure.For those who may not know, this particular breed of Jet represents the state of the solidbody Electromatic line at the very end of the Fred Gretsch era, just before FMIC took the reins. It has the proper double-cut Jet shape, the requisite arched maple top over mahogany body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, a classy narrow headstock, and neoclassic fret markers. So far (with the exception of the rosewood), it has the specs of the pro-line Jets of the day. But that's before we take note of the licensed tension-bar Bigsby, the streamlined control set (vol, tone, 3-way switch), the stud-mounted Adjustamatic bridge, and a pair of surface-mount Gretsch mini-humbuckers (which I believe survive today only on the Electromatic lap steel) - all of which (along with details of its build, see below) constitute its Electromaticity.It's made in Korea - someone else will pop in and tell us what factory - and it's my (speculative) theory that there was a panicked DAMMIT moment there when someone realized that someone else had badly screwed up the neck-body geometry on a big batch of guitars. Specifically, the guitar has as low a neck set as the new rock-n-roll Players Editions Jets - but on this guitar, that neck angle didn't allow enough clearance to mount the pickups on the top of the guitar. Solution? Rout a shallow cavity to fit the bridge pickup's mounting flange flush with the top - and a deeper cavity to set the neck pickup nearly half an inch into the top. I can't believe such a design was intentional from the git-go. So did Fred, and then FMIC, get a deal on these guitars for this clearly unscientific boogering-up? Maybe not - because what they got as extra value was more wood. About three pounds of it. There's no chambering in these puppies, no weight relief in sight (or out of it). The body is 2" deep at the rim and more like 2-1/2" in the middle, and you also get a long chunky heel that extends 2" from the tips of the cutaway horns, and 4" from their deepest scoop. (From the front, it looks like you might have easy access to at least the 20th fret (of 22); in actuality, you have a handful of heel at the 14th.)Weight? 10 lbs, 10 ounces.There was once a great GDP thread detailing builder Paul Wilczynski's extensive mod project on a single-cut Pro Jet of the same generation, wherein he cut the back off, hogged out some chambers, and put it all back together as a slimmer, lighter guitar - anticipating in many ways the evolution of the pro-line Jets since that time. Paul is well-known as Jingle-Jangle in the Rickenbacker world (in which he's done tons of work); his nick here was cardesnr (as he's also a car designer). That guitar was finished in Cape Ivory and Wedgwood Green Dark Metallic, Cadillac colors from 1955 - a scheme he borrowed from my Coupe de Ville - and went to a home in Australia. If it's ever for sale, I'd love to know about it. Paul still has pictures on his site right here.But I digress. The mods to my Electro Jet are teeny-tiny compared to that project. I was just illustrating what measures have been taken to relieve the weight on these first-gen Korean Electros. All factors taken into consideration, we can all appreciate how the Electromatic Jet line has evolved over the last 15 years: not only are the intentionally historically correct elements more so, but the modernizing features are much better implemented.