All right you enablers, I need your “help”

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by capnhiho, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    I very much enjoy the neck shape on my 5230. It's turned into my go to guitar.
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
  2. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    296
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    I stopped by GC yesterday and fondled a couple of Streamliners with thin U necks. Definitely not chunky enough for these aged mitts. :(

    Looking at Double Jets and CVT’s now.
     
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  3. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Did they ever make these with a wider headstock? Those narrow ones bug me a bit and neck dive doesn't bother me if it did I wouldn't have the Gretsch I have.
     
  4. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    See if you can find a stump model, it really felt nice.
     
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    The originals had a bigger headstock, like a '62 or so. Screenshot_2019-09-02-10-41-44-1.png
    It's one thing they didn't get right on the reissues.
     
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  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    I like that you were able to find out before buying one blindly online.
     
  7. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    296
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    I’m sure burning the bandwidth doing my research!

    I’ve found Double Jet specs indicating “U” neck shape (vs. “thin U” listed for the newer models) and “fat neck” was listed in one “Con” comment.

    I also called Street Sounds and left a message. Rocky himself returned my call about 5 minutes later. He asked me to call back Wednesday morning when his luthier is in - said he’d have him measure necks for me. That’s service!!
     
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    The neck on my '08 Pro Jet is a pretty good handful so don't rule out a used model either. I think Rocky will take good care of you.
     
  9. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    296
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
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  10. RussB

    RussB Electromatic

    45
    Sep 20, 2019
    CT
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  11. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    296
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    Agreed. I done real good!

    My chunky neck requirement was fulfilled by this 2018 built 5245 - the neck profile is nearly identical to my 5420.
    I added a Brick’s BiggsFix to improve the break angle and tuned up the nut slots. She’s nearly perfect now! I didn’t notice the stripped down control layout (master volume, master tone, selector switch) until after I ordered her but I’m enjoying the clean signal path! The Blacktops sound great on this incredibly resonant solid body, tone is punchy, and the attack is really lively. And she’s a beauty! I’ll post some photos in a belated NGD thread; when I’m not working on this dinky iPhone.
     
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