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willie

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May 1st, 2019 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh hell yeah, many of my, now departed, vintage Gretsch guitars had gold hardware which made them look anything but "cheap". I always loved my early 60's 6120 double cut with gold hardware...very classic.

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May 1st, 2019 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Certain color Gretsches look so cool with gold hardware. I like mine with the gold but a silver Bigsby. I think it’s a 50s thing. Cadillac green and gold hardware? That gets my attention. Love that combo. Just classy.

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State of Jefferson

May 4th, 2019 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Not neccessarily true . In Gretschland the White Falcon is one of the pinnacle guitar models that is white with gold hardware"

We were discussing the G5655TG, an inexpensive Gretsch, not the FALCON which is an iconic, if not garish, expensive guitar.

I agree some Gretsch models look "proper" with gold hardware, though I still would not own a guitar with gold hardware, or switch it out if possible.



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State of Jefferson

May 4th, 2019 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

The center block 5622T double cut is cool for many reasons

1. Comes in Black
2. Nickle hardware
3. Made in Korea, not China.

Exudes cool.

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 01:59 PM, May 4th, 2019)

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May 4th, 2019 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

“ we were discussing the G5655TG, an inexpensive Gretsch , not the FALCON, which is iconic ,if not garnish, expensive guitar”.

My point was that it was common for Gretsch to use gold with certain color combinations, not to make a cheaper guitar look more expensive. I actually think the higher end Electromatic are a quality gig worthy instrument because I have held some (and actually own one MIK). Are the MIJ Gretsch’s better? Sure ,but nothing wrong with the Electromatics at all.

(This message was last edited by budg at 02:47 PM, May 4th, 2019)

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State of Jefferson

May 4th, 2019 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

The phrase " gilding the lily" comes to mind.
"Pimping" might be another term.

Like gold, buy it.
Don't like gold, don't buy it.



I'll quote myself from an earlier post...
"I agree some Gretsch models look "proper" with gold hardware,.."

However:
My opinion is that many of the guitars in the Gretsch "PRO" line (and all of the Electromatic line) that have gold hardware would be much classier with nickel.

I worked for many years as a field rep for Mercedes-Benz of No America. We marveled at the number of buyers that would drop $100K or more and then have all the chrome gold plated.We preferred they would buy a Cadillac.

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 10:35 AM, May 6th, 2019)

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May 9th, 2019 12:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

'Also, whats the neck shape like?'

'Thin U' according to Gretsch, unless you get one of the Limited Ed white ones which sports a 'Standard U' (and stock Filtertron rather than Broadtron pups.) I played a green one at GC a few weeks ago and really liked it. Yes, the profile is slender -- by no means chunky -- but very comfortable to play. I'd wager 90% of guitarists will get along fine with the Thin U profile.
The gold hw... that's another story. It's pretty but a bit 'pimpin' as we say here in East SF Bay.

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May 20th, 2019 05:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

The neck is not too small and not too big, it's just right (for me at least).

The G5655TG is the best playing Gretsch guitar I've ever encountered. It totally KILLS the expensive MIJ Silver Jet I used to own. I'm not kidding.

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Texas Panhandle

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May 20th, 2019 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

As much as I was intrigued by the G5655TG instruments, I was overwhelmed by the incredible wood on a particular G6659TFM Broadkaster Jr Centerblock in Bourbon Flame at Sweetwater and had to have it. You can see it in the link below. It cost me about three times as much as one of the Chinese-built G5655TG guitars.

My Broadkaster Junior

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GospelBilly!
May 20th, 2019 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

BobbyMac - That's a beautiful guitar!

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Planet Peegoo

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May 20th, 2019 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a good-lookin guitar. But those gold pickup bezels don't belong on that. They should be silver; Gretsch has silver bezels on many of their models, so I wonder why they went with gold on this one.

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GospelBilly!
May 20th, 2019 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bezelbub done it! (;oD

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Planet Peegoo

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May 20th, 2019 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I blame Jeff Bezelos!

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Texas Panhandle

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May 20th, 2019 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Gretsch has silver bezels on many of their models, so I wonder why they went with gold on this one."

I wondered the same thing. With guitar in hand, though, the gold bezels complement the cream-colored binding, as does the gold-plated "Broadkaster, JR" nameplate on the headstock face.

I do like this version for the fact that it comes without a pickguard and has nickel/chrome hardware.


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State of Jefferson

May 20th, 2019 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of their best... bag the bezels... cheapens the guitar.

Te 52

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May 21st, 2019 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I do like this version for the fact that it comes without a pickguard and has nickel/chrome hardware."

Nickel/chrome except for the jack plate -- for some reason they made that gold. But it's a standard Les Paul USA plate, so it's easy to replace if you're so inclined.

And I agree about the pickup mounting rings. The gold just looks out of place. Silver ones are easily sourced, even the modern 7-hole type.

And just to be contrary, I wish it *did* come with a pickguard.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:58 AM, May 22nd, 2019)

Richerspet

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Jun 19th, 2019 03:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

It worths its money.

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Planet Peegoo

Rhythm & Lewd Guitarist
Jun 19th, 2019 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

You can make a pickguard!

Te 52

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Jun 19th, 2019 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...You can make a pickguard!..."

I can. But it would be the non-reversible mod of putting two holes in the body that would give me pause.

Even if you swear you're going to keep a guitar for the rest of your life, sometimes circumstances change and you decide you need to sell. And at that point, non-reversible mods can be a big detriment. Please don't ask me how I know this.

Te 52

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Jun 19th, 2019 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

And BTW, in and around the 1950s, Gretsch did a lot of mixing of gold- and silver-colored hardware. Apparently the seemingly mismatched color choices on the G6659 models are an homage to that history.

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