Gretsch 5120

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by strattele335, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. strattele335

    strattele335 Member

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    What do you think about them? I just picked one up. Plays nice, looks great. Will need better tuners.
     
  2. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    tuners are no issue on mine, the wiring harness & switches/pots are cheap junk, that would be a more primary upgrade imo based on my experience w/ them. it's a very high quality guitar if you find a nice one.
     
  3. J Purcell

    J Purcell Member

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    I bought one used here on TGP. It came with a complete wiring upgrade, green pickguard, TV Jones Filtertrons with Gretsch pickup rings and a tweed hardshell case.
    Plays and sounds great.
     
  4. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    yup, the TV Jones harness & TVTron Plus pickups turned it from a good guitar into a great one.
     
  5. sickboy79

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    +1 - I dont' own a 5120 - but do own quite a few Gretsch's. TV Jones is the bomb for Gretsch pickups. Can't go wrong there! Congrats on your new guitar!
     
  6. \DARKMETL/

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    I have a 5120, threw a GFS Nashville Retrotron and a spare set of Grover tuners on it. Neat guitar.

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  7. Zexcoil

    Zexcoil Vendor

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    For me it was a "gateway guitar".

    It spurred me to buy a higher quality Gretsch 6118, and I don't really ever play it now.
     
  8. \DARKMETL/

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    Yeah, it definetly could be a gateway. Its a nice option for those that dont want to throw $2000 on a real one, thats just overkill for a lot of people. It was my first hollowbody and someday would like to have an upgrade but for now it does what I need it to do.
     

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