I just picked up a used G5120. It's a really awesome guitar, but the bridge was glued down. Normally they're loose if you get them new. The intonation sounds fine though.

So is there any reason why Gretsch has their bridges loose on these? Or am I going to regret getting one with the bridge glued down.
They are so called floating bridges, they are designed to be held on by the pressure of the strings, hence they're being "loose". Before adjustable bridge designs came out, it was the only way to be able to set the approximate intonation on a hollowbody. Even with the tune-o-matic, you usually start setting the intonation by moving the bridge to the right place, and only then set the saddles. If you would want to change to a way different string gauge, you might not be able to move the saddles exactly where you want them with a glued down bridge. The glue or tape usually dampens the resonation a bit, it might not be noticeable.

Glueing them in place is kind of an unprofessional way to have them protected from the occasional hitting and moving, especially people who play lighter string gauges feel the need for it. If it's just a double sided tape you're lucky and the finish under it might still be ok.

The right way to do it is to pin them bridges down. Here's an article about it: http://gretschpages.com/forum/general-tech-questions/diy-how-to-pin-a-bridge/10808/page1/

Some pricier models are factory pinned:

Last edited by Tinderwet at Jun 18, 2010,