Gretsch Issues

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by MullisMan, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. MullisMan

    MullisMan Member

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    Just got this guitar from a friend, sounds great, and plays great....for the moment. There is some fretboard binding rot, where the fretboard or at least the binding is separating a little near the nut from the neck. Also, my bridge is at an angle, as if somehow the screws that go into the wood tore into it, hopefully these photos will help to explain. Does anybody know how hard these things are to fix? It's a G3161 Historic Series, the Korean made guitars.


    I know the neck picture is hard to see, it was hard to get close enough to show the separation.

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  2. Tinman

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    That bridge issue is a little weird. That took some serious force to bend those screws. Does that wooden base float or is it pinned somehow? I'm guessing someone bent that bridge intentionally.
     
  3. MullisMan

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    I think it might just be glued onto the body, not sure. And I don't think the screws are bent, I think the wood has actually been stripped. It's not causing tuning problems or anything but the small e string isn't really sitting in the saddle like it should, it's more or less resting on the backside of the bridge.
     
  4. Tinman

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    How about some more picks from the top. Are the posts coming straight up off of the base, or are they tilted towards the neck? Does the base move, or is it stationary? If you loosen the strings, can you lift the wooden base? Are the holes in the tuneomatic the same diameter as the posts or close? (Can you rock that bridge back and forth?) Do the height adjustment wheels turn, and do they fit flush against the underside of the tuneomatic? I guess what it comes down to is that these wooden base/bridge units are completely replaceable. If the posts have somehow stripped the wood in the base its time for a new base. If someone glued that base on, well that's a different story.
     

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