1 jasperthecat 1 year ago Hi everyone from East Yorkshire UK. I'm Tony and new to the forum. Briefly I was a full time pro singer/guitarist from around 1968 to 1980 touring the UK for up to 40 weeks each year. I specialised in country and pre-white 50s R & R.When I retired to take up a 'normal' way of life to be with my wife and kids, I'd achieved most of what I wanted including buying my first home outright by the age of 22 and decided not to pick up a guitar again as the temptation would have been too great not to return to the road and so I threw myself into the business I built up and I never picked up a guitar from 1980 until 2014.Just as I'd decided to go back to music for pleasure and record some tracks for posterity on a 24 track and other gear I'd bought including a telecaster and other gear, the Grim Reaper came knocking and it was touch and go from then on whether or not he took me with him but I'm still here.I still wake up wake each morning and more to the point I've just today bought myself a G5120. I saw it advertised last night on an internet selling service. When I went to view it today I found it was owned by the late husband of the lady who was selling it. He'd died two years ago and had been in bands all of his life and when he found out he was terminally ill, he bought the Gretsch from a friend as it was a guitar he'd always aspired to owning.It was in absolutely mint condition and still had the covering on the scratchplate but over the past two years since her husband had passed away, unfortunately she had propped the guitar leant back against a wall instead of on a stand and together with strings so thick that they could be used to tow a Jeep out of a ditch, the neck was quite concave which meant the action was really far too high for me. I was going to let it go but she found the truss key etc and I had a go at adjusting the string height and adjusting the neck relief via truss adjustment for her so that it would at least be more appealing to the next potential buyer as I personally have always preferred my guitars to have perhaps unrealistically low action but some people quite like medium/higher actions and I eventually got it adjusted to where it was even playable for me but not enough for to tempt me to buy it.However the lady and her daughter were so sweet and we got on really well that got it set up as best I could and I advised her what to put in the advert in order to make it appealing to potential buyers as her asking price was already very reasonable but all she wanted was for it to go to someone who appreciated it and they determined that because I'd tried to help them and initially offered a very fair price, I was that person and so they discussed it and offered me it at such a low price that even though it wasn't to my playing taste I couldn't possibly refuse and I must have got the bargain of the year.I explained to her that even with the adjustments I'd carried out, it was going to fetch far more money than she offered it to me but she was adamant that I should have it and so I thought what the he**, even if I don't like playing it, at that price it will make a great decoration for my home studio. I quite enjoy restoring and setting up guitars...I particularly love fret levelling and dressing and I'm sure if I take off the strings and allow the neck to relax for a few days and then give it a full set it up I'll possibly have a really nice playable guitar at some point.I'm sure I'll gain much valuable advice and information here so I'm looking forward to finding out the various details and adjustments such as optimum neck relief, string action heights and pickup heights, optimum string choice etc which I'm sure are available and will get me into the ballpark so that I can fine tune it for me and my playing style.