Custom Shop Redwood Penguin

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by giffenf, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I went into my local Gretsch emporium (TrueTone Music in Santa Monica) today to pick up a guitar I'd had worked on, and while checking out the technician's handiwork on my guitar, one of the store's owners said "You've gotta check out the Redwood Penguin." Sure enough, I looked up at the Gretsch wall, and there was a beautiful new Masterbuilt Custom Shop Gretsch Redwood Penguin. Made from reclaimed redwood, no relic job here, just Stephen Stern's craftsmanship. Beautiful wood, beautiful appointments, and incredible playability. And of course, that Great Gretsch Sound. Not cheap, tagged at $6,199, but it made me start a-thinkin' how I might find a way to afford it (I haven't figured it out yet). So if one of you beats me to it, I guess I should thank you for all the marital anguish you helped me avoid. But still....

  2. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
  3. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Hubba hubba. That looks great. If you love redwood, next time you visit San Francisco, check out the redwood room, a bar paneled with humongous redwood panels.
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  4. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    wonderful burl on that one... sell a kidney.
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  5. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
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  6. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I do like it, but why oh why do they insist on gold hardware on almost everything.
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  7. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Is the top made of redwood, too?
  8. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    The top and headstock veneer look like redwood, the back and neck to me do not look like redwood but I haven't seen a lot of redwood that wasn't figured.
  9. gretscher09

    gretscher09 Electromatic

    Apr 18, 2009
    Wow, Redwood top! Great look. Back and neck look like the traditional mahogany used on Penguins. And I thought a White Penguin was expensive.
  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Va va va voooooom !!
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  11. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    That is enough to knock your socks off. I could not play it. I would have to just look at it. Is their such a thing as too great a looking guitar ?
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  12. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    I love the look of woodgrain on a guitar, and the more natural, the better. Unfortunately, that look generally comes at a premium, and my budget tends to commands lower than premium - I have champagne taste on a beer budget.
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  13. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Fabulous guitar. If it were a Jet instead of a penguin I’d be interested a lot. It’d be cheaper then too!
  14. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Mills River NC
    For people like me that like it? :)
  15. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Nice. It looks like a heavy finish on the top which may be a good thing. I have a Telebration Redwood Tele that dings just by looking at it.
  16. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Does Redwood tend to be a softer wood? I have no idea as I’m not blessed for a redwood guitar as of yet.
  17. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Redwood is very, very soft.
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  18. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Gretschie

    Jun 2, 2008
    Fort Collins, CO
    Having lived in Humboldt County, I love redwood. And that guitar is just beautiful! If I had the cash, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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  19. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    Truetone is a great place to visit!
  20. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    TrueTone is a great store! When I was in LA I stopped in just to windowshop lol and it cost me! I'll be back. Great selection and good vibe.
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