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Could the 2017 Broadkaster G6659T be the guitar of the year?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Lawrie Minson, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Lawrie Minson

    Lawrie Minson Electromatic

    I've just played at Viva Las Vegas with my new G6659T-DCHFM (dark cherry, flame maple) and I know this will set the fox loose in the chicken house but after playing this instrument for only one gig I'm naming it THE guitar of 2017. Joe Carducci from Gretsch delivered the Broadkaster and helped me with the set up. I heard it plugged in for the first time when we were getting ready to play last night. I know it has new design pickups and the neck angle is set further back but what I wasn't ready for was the jaw dropping response from this guitar. It just wants to rock! If a Chet is a Cadillac this baby is a Corvette! I'm naming it Guitar of 2017 because thay have delivered a semi that feels and plays like a solid body yet retains all the classic Gretsch character. Truly unique!
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  2. MikeJaguar

    MikeJaguar Electromatic

    Nov 10, 2016
    NE England
    Dude.. PICS! We need eye candy. Words mean nothing here hehe

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  3. Lawrie Minson

    Lawrie Minson Electromatic

    Have a pic on my phone but I'm new to the forum and haven't worked out how to upload it!
  4. Lawrie Minson

    Lawrie Minson Electromatic

    Think this may have a pic. I hope!

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  5. Lawrie Minson

    Lawrie Minson Electromatic

    Losing the Tone switch also works for me. I never use it on my other Gretschs and now I don't have to worry about bumping it all the time!
  6. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Oh yeah there's a picture, that guitar looks killer!
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  7. MikeJaguar

    MikeJaguar Electromatic

    Nov 10, 2016
    NE England
    Took the words outta my keypad

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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
  9. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    A beauty!!! Congrats!!!!
  10. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Totally. How about that tension bar Bigsby? Tuning issues or stiff feel?
  11. senojnad

    senojnad Gretschie

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    AGREE!! I've had my Broadkaster JR for 2 weeks and am really loving it.
    See review & photos here:

    Re: tension bar Bigsby Mine was a little tight initially so I replaced the stock spring with a Reverend "Soft Touch" spring. The only "issue" is that those springs are only available in chrome/nickel -- not gold. However, given its location, the spring is close to impossible to see.
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  12. Lawrie Minson

    Lawrie Minson Electromatic

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Until I get home to Australia next week and do some more set up work it's hard to comment on tuning. The Broadkaster came with 46s and I use 10 to 52 gauge strings so the nut is going to need a tweak. I'll also have a look at the trem spring and see how it compares to my 6118 Jnr. It's still early days but you know when you have something special and I think Gretsch have nailed it with this guitar!
  13. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
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  14. fishman919

    fishman919 Electromatic

    Sep 4, 2012
    Lubbock TX
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  15. Lawrie Minson

    Lawrie Minson Electromatic

    Hi all, just home today from Las Vegas tonight and the Broadkaster has safely survived the three flights including the 14 & a half hours across the Pacific. As tired as I am I can't help doing a bit more tweaking to the set up. The nut is made of a product called Graph Tech. I don't know if sounds any better than bone but it is definitely softer. Here's a tip I picked up from a builder friend of mine - If you accidentally cut the nut slots too deep (very) carefully drop a tiny amount of super glue into the slot and leave it to dry overnight. I use the pointy end of a pin to spot the glue in. You can then re cut the slot and it will last for years :) I have a couple of gigs on the weekend and I'm looking forward to spending quality time with this beautiful new instrument.
  16. jklotz

    jklotz Gretschie

    Mar 24, 2013
    We sometimes use this trick in the shop, however, be aware that it is not a permanent fix. It will come out at some point. The real fix would be to cut a new nut.
  17. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Looks great!
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  18. Lawrie Minson

    Lawrie Minson Electromatic

    Have the nut set up done now and I'm spending some quality playing time with my 6659. I keep discovering subtle design features that are so well thought out. The tone pot has a notch that holds it fully open. Usually when the tone knob gets bumped at the gig it always takes those few seconds trying to figure out where the treble went. This is a really clever fix!
    The combo of the A5 pup in the neck and A2 bridge also works well for me. There is plenty of bite from the bridge and the middle position is very well balanced. I also like the definition the A5s have in the neck. I see that Tim Shaw was involved in the design of these pups and I'm keen to know more.
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  19. TrampledUnderFoot

    TrampledUnderFoot Electromatic

    Apr 20, 2017
    That's the "no load tone pot" feature. The detent effectively takes it out of the circuit. I use it to add some extra hotness to lead parts, as there is definitely a little bit more output when it's out of the circuit.

    I'm really enjoying the pups in my 6609 too. Chimey, but still pretty aggressive. Still working on balancing them together and how to use the volumes with the master volume too (new Gretsch owner here).
  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Glad you like the guitar. About the Broadtrons, I would like to see a source stating Tim Shaw's involvement, cause I can't find it!