Gretsch-GEAR Modern Electromatics 5120 Hollow Body

2006 Gretsch 5120: KS06089731

Owned by
Pt
Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Sunset Orange
Fretboard
Rosewood with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Nut
Delrin/Synthetic Bone
Pickups
GretschBucker
Tuners
Unknown
Bridge
Adjustamatic
Tailpiece
Bigsby B-6
Modifications

Not yet

Unusual factory features

Clear pickguard...replaced

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
4 years ago Last modified 2014-07-30 14:46:35

2006 model. Bought it from a collector in un-played condition in 2014

I wasn’t happy with the sound from the stock pickups but before paying for T-Armond’s I decided to make some changes to the gretschbuckers. After reading and seeing Scott’s video on youtube I removed the bottom screws on each pickup. Improved the sound but the pickups are just too hot for me. Next came some pickup height adjustments. I took them down as far as they would go but there was a considerable loss in volume. After raising the pickups slightly I got the sound I was looking for without investing over $300 for new pickups. I didn’t measure how much they are lowered but they are close to being bottomed out. If you want to change the sound from Gretschbuckers remove the screws from the bottom of each pickup and lower them considerably. It’s a free mod that works. No more muddy neck pickup, bridge pickup is bright and cheerful. And it is all easily reversable.

Pt

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