Am I man enough to handle a 59' Sparkle Jet?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Syncro, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Syncro

    Syncro Electromatic

    Jan 6, 2016
    East of Nashville
    This guitar has always made me smile.
    A bit flashy for some and even I thought maybe too much - but - if I put a Bar bridge on it, to me, it is the coolest Gretsch:
    ss jet.jpg
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  2. MRey

    MRey Electromatic

    Feb 7, 2011
    When it comes to sparkle jets the answer is always yes...unless the question is "should I get rid of it." :)
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    IMO from all flake finishes, a silver flake is the least flakey to me... Does that help?
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  4. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    I've heard many say that sparkle finish guitars don't sound as good as they look. In my experience, that's usually true.
  5. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Yeah, something about the wrap deadening the sound I think.
    I like the way they look when someone else is playing one but they're not for me.

    The silver is my favorite though and I also like the slightly pinkish one -- 'champagne' maybe?
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  6. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Yep. And, I'm a sucker for that champagne too. ;)
  7. MRey

    MRey Electromatic

    Feb 7, 2011
    They stopped making the gold sparkle which I am drawn to for some strange reason.
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  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Champagne is a great color!

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  9. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I don't know I love the green sparkle. And this guitar sounded great with a classic, classic+ set and now it really sounds great with the setzers in it. IMG_1305.JPG
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  10. MRey

    MRey Electromatic

    Feb 7, 2011
    No love for the gold? It just makes we want it more. :)

    You ordered that silver jet yet Syncro? :D
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  11. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I must confess I am definitely NOT man or woman enough for a sparkle guitar.
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  12. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Silver Sparkle is probably the least flashy. This might depend on the lighting. Sparkle tops are slightly less resonant, but IMO not in a bad way. Red Sparkle is my favourite.
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  13. blc45

    blc45 Country Gent

    Aug 23, 2011
    I agree. But my wife says I need more "color" in my clothing maybe she would not squawk if I did it in my guitars instead?
  14. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    You know what drummers say about silver sparkle ... they're Louder!
  15. dazzajl

    dazzajl Country Gent

    Apr 18, 2010
    One of those was the first G I ever fell in love with. Never actually even got to see it in the flesh but it's still the one I'd want above all others.
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  16. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Think this says it best...least flakey. I have one sparkle guitar (not a Gretsch) I don't play it often but I love having it...just because. Sounds great by the way.
  17. DrumBob

    DrumBob Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    I know for a fact that plastic wrap finishes, if applied correctly to drumshells, do not inhibit the sound of the drum at all. There have been numerous tests done over the years. I can't imagine they would have an effect on a guitar either.
  18. Syncro

    Syncro Electromatic

    Jan 6, 2016
    East of Nashville
    I guess the biggest hurdle is having to sell a few things to purchase a Sparkle Jet.
  19. Gimper

    Gimper Gretschie

    Oct 30, 2016
    That red is awesome. What model/year is that?

    Edit; Nevermind, I think I answered my own question... G6129T RED SPARKLE JET 2015 LIMITED EDITION
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2017
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  20. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Sparkly guitars make you play better. Or at least they make people think you're playing better. Not sure that's really true, but it sure makes them pay more attention to you on stage. So just to be safe I have 5 sparkly guitars, though unfortunately, none are Gretsches. I did once have a Silver Jet like the one shown above, and like Nick said, it sounded great with TVJs in it. The Dyna-equipped one I had was a tone monster as well.
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