Been here a while, now posting

Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by dougmon, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. dougmon

    dougmon Electromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    I am a long time guitar player, but sold all my electric guitars a while ago. As I've said elsewhere, I don't regret getting rid of those particular guitars, I do regret not having an electric. So I'm here doing research to figure out which hollow/semi-hollow model I want. Though I'm also tempted by the Jet models. I'll probably be asking loads of questions in the next few months. :) I'm just looking for the best all-around blues/roots rock guitar that will also work when I'm not such an incompetent jazz player.

    Nice to be here.
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  2. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Electromatic

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Nice to have you here.
    Lots of great people and great guitars. Best of luck finding the guitar that suits you.
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  3. dougmon

    dougmon Electromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    Thanks. I feel confident that it's here somewhere. It's just a matter of finding some Gretsch dealers and playing a few.
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  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Welcome to Gretschville!
  5. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Welcome aboard....You will get lots of good advice here, along with many opinions on what is "best"
    Go play as many as you can....Only your ears, your eyes and your hands will reveal the best guitar for you....If you still cant decide, get a Tele:);)
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  6. shrews824

    shrews824 Country Gent

    Feb 22, 2016
    Hardinsburg, Kentucky
    Welcome. Best forum on the 'net. I concur, there is plenty of knowledge here about all sorts of Gretsch guitars. I highly doubt anyone would mind answering whatever questions you may have regarding a particular model.
  7. dougmon

    dougmon Electromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    I've actually had a couple of Teles. And a couple of Strats. Good guitars, but their sound was just not for me.

    In any case, thanks for helping to start my day off with a laugh.
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  8. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
  9. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Welcome Gretsch Talk and back to electric. Hope you find that Gretsch for you this year. :)
  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome friend . I just know you'll find what your looking for .....or maybe even 2 guitars
  11. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Welcome aboard. Of course you realize if you've been following the posts that one Gretsch isn't enough....:D:D:D.but it's important to get started.
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  12. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Welcome, and enjoy! First thing would be to determine how much you want to spend. There are 3 lines of Gretsch (4 if you count the Custom Shop). Streamliners are the least costly, and are an amazing guitar for the money. The Electromatic line is next up, hugely popular and a very good guitar for still not a huge price (the 5420 is one of the most popular hollow bodies, a wonderful first Gretsch).

    If you can swing one, the Pro Line Series made in Japan is the professional quality line, and are top notch guitars. 6118 Anniversaries, 6119 Tennessee Rose and 6120 models (several variants) are some of the more popular models. These will all have the 24.6 inch scale length (similar to that of a Gibson). Then there is the Country Club and the Falcons with the 25.5 inch scale length (larger body and lots of bling on the Falcons), this is the same as the scale of the Fender Strat and Tele.

    Enjoy the journey, I'm sure you'll find one (or two or more!) that you like.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2020
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  13. southpaw185

    southpaw185 Electromatic

    Jul 13, 2017
    San Diego
    Welcome to the forum! Good luck finding the perfect guitar. Everyone here was very helpful when I was seeking my first Gretsch.
  14. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Who had 7 years/22 days in the 'When will dougmon start posting' pool? :p

    Welcome to the forum!! :)
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  15. Sean McILwaine

    Sean McILwaine Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2012
    London UK
    Welcome to the forum. As stated you will get lots of advice and help on your journey plus humour without much of a bite.

    Try and find somewhere that has a good stock of the guitars in your price range, see how they feel in use, sound and if you like the look.
  16. BrianW

    BrianW Synchromatic

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    Welcome from the wet coast. As has been said, the best way is to find a place you can play a few and see what feels/looks and sounds right to you. Good luck and have fun looking!
  17. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome ,eventually,to GT sir!;)

    I'll give the anwser i always give,ya can't beat a good 6120!
  18. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, dougmon !
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  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Welcome. Lots of good advice here.
  20. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    You're starting off in the right direction. Research the product, play as many as you can, keep your options open. You'll find "The One" eventually.

    Then, the great amp hunt begins.

    After that, pedals.
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