Gretsch Rail Consolette Tool

marc3k

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Dear Drumforum members,

what size is that Gretsch tool to adjust the rail consolette?
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I bought a 7/16 wrench and it is too small! However, it seems to fit on my 60s Ludwig rail consolette :)
I measure here about 11.5mm. So what would be next size? 15/32 in?

Thanks in advance!

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The Maxwell repro version is 1/2" the original Gretsch (W&A) rail is 7/16". The ones on the end of the banana/hot dog are 1/2" on both the original and repro. if a 7/16" doesn't fit the original, it may have been replaced with a different size.
 

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Alright, thank you!
This is a new broadkaster in vintage build. Seems that they replaced it with something bigger..
 

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Just buy a 1/4” ratchet and the appropriate socket and carry that in your gig bag.

You can never get the bolt tight enough with that stamped steel “socket” that was supplied with originals and the repro and the drum eventually slips and falls.

That alone was probably responsible for half the damage we see on vintage drums.

I’d have to double check but I think those repro rails are 13mm but to be honest its been so long since I checked mine it could be anything from 12-14mm.

I do remember it being very well discussed here- just search for “Maxwell Rail”.
 

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ok cool, thanks for the insight! I may look into that.

Are Gretsch using the "Maxwell Rail" for the new "vintage build"?
 

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As far as I knew (but I could be wrong) all the Gretsch Vintage Build sets used the Maxwell rail.
 

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I did a quick search and the size seems to be 12mm.

I would make sure to get a 6 point 1/4” drive 12mm socket and leave it in your stick/hardware bag.

I did that when I was gigging a Slingerland set that had a Maxwell rail consolette. If I was at home I would double check, but it will have to wait a few days.
 

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Awesome, thanks for your replies!

If I was at home I would double check, but it will have to wait a few days.
No hurry! I'm pretty sure with a 12mm it would work!
 

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