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Modding my Gretsch electromatic G2202 (many pics)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by screaminglucy, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    I had some crazy ideas about what to do with my little Gretsch short scale.

    It began like this:
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    Then I replaced the pickup with a Gretsch filtertron and added a bridge pickup. I also replaced the bridge with a musicmaster bridge which I had to drill to allow it to be topload.
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    Then I thought...hmm...i wish this bass had contours.
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    and how about some new paint...
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    still working on the clear coat. stay tuned for the epic conclusion...
  2. FBS1996

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    wow I cant wait to this how this turns out! :)
  3. carlos840

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    Thats going to look sweet! Nice work!

    Can i suggest chrome pickup rings? Would really work IMO!
  4. ack

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    what did you use to remove the original clearcoat and paint?
  5. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    i didn't remove the finish. i just scuffed it up with 220 grit sandpaper.
  6. screaminglucy

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    hmm...hadn't thought about chrome. i was thinking maybe painting the rings the in the same blue color so they disappear into the body.
  7. johnk_10

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  8. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    Sweet. Turning your 2202 into a 2220, eh?

    Well, sorta 2220.
  10. screaminglucy

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    almost there...

    i ordered 2 new pickup rings and a silver pickguard which hopefully i can reshape to work.

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  11. screaminglucy

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    i bought one of these hoping that it's big enough to reshape...

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    also, now i'm thinking the black headstock looks funky with the blue. i might do the headstock in blue at some point.
  12. arsie

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    [​IMG]

    Pardon the bad photoshop, but I thought if you did a little masking on the logo, you can retain the white logo on a black background when you paint the headstock blue.
  13. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    ooh that looks neat
  14. basslinejam

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    Nice job! I love my Electromatic too, but I have also wondered about another pickup (although I would put mine up by the fingerboard).
    I think the original white pickguard would look cool with the blue.
    Can't wait to see the finished product and hear it too if you are so inclined.
  15. Avalon

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    Don't want to hijack, but just wondered if anyone noticed that Gretsch is now selling the two pick up models. The new ones on eBay have a tobacco-burst finish.
  16. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    yes, i kinda wish they had not changed where the neck joins the body though. the G2202 fits in a guitar case but the new ones have the neck join at higher frets with the bridge further into the body so that won't be the case anymore.
  17. screaminglucy

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    you were right. the white pickguard looks pretty cool. here is the latest. i haven't painted the headstock yet. it's too rainy to spray.

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  18. screaminglucy

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  19. Meddle

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    Cool job. The single cutaway always put me off these puppies, parhaps if you gave it a bass cutaway it would look like a Dano or something though the balance might be upset as a result.
  20. seedokebass

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    Great job on the finish! It looks awesome.

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