DIY (Do It Yourself) Gretsch Guitar Kit

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by ZackyDog, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    More information.

    $299 AUD = $228 USD
     
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  2. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    712
    Aug 21, 2014
    NYC
    Then after it's all put together, it will be time to start modding it. Comptons, locking tuners, different pick-ups, new nut, upgraded pots, etc. ...LOL!!!
     
  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    What about the paint job? ;)
     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    I see those finished, and falsely advertised as Gretsches, for about the same money. Those triangular "thumbnails" are the giveaway. They've popped up here and on GT from time to time. I kinda wonder what Asian factory they come from. Notice the "White Falcon" type headstock, "Bigsby" copy, and pseudo Gretsch pickups. It just screams copyright infringement. Looks like a tone pot instead of a mud switch, and there's no pickup selector, either. Avoid at all costs, and buy a used Electro for just about the same money.
     
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  5. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
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    In the top picture, the neck route looks like it's a half inch too far to the left and in the pic of the 'together' one, it looks like the opposite is true, the low E would totally miss the neck pole piece.
     
  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Multiple companies sell these kits, obviously from the same factory. I've built a couple of them. One went together very well with minimal adjustment. Another was a big disaster. It finally came together but not without a lot of work (and money to a real guitar tech.)
     
  7. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    Why unless you want the experience of doing it which is a valid reason in itself. There is a perfectly nice 5120 shipped with case in the sale forum for $450.00.
     
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Check out the cool Resoglas kits if you wanna build, USA quality and you end up with a great axe. I love mine.
    What you get is the fiberglass body kit that is compatible with most bolt on necks and they sell parts too so you can have the total Valco experience.
     
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  9. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    I was just curious and thought it was interesting. I would rather have the real deal:

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  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I think it's pretty cool for $228.....BUT WHERE'S THE CASE AND JACKPLATE !!!!!!!!
     
  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I had one of those, but ended up selling it before diving in. They do take a little more skill than the kit above.
     
  12. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    ya.. because everyone here has 200 man hrs to go horribly wrong in their attempt at DIY amateur guitar building. :) :)

    When you've mastered Ikea bedroom furniture construction without a manual, then you are ready
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  13. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    ?

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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Zack , I just went on the web sight and on top there is a red line that states " DIY guitar kits have closed " ....click on it
    oh well , it was fun while it lasted .........
     
  15. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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  16. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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  17. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    It's OK. I never planned to order a kit from them.
     
  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Don`t buy it, friend. I saw those "project-Guitars" and none of them turned out to be a keeper. They are the rough -models overseas builders rejected to finish. IMHO.
     
  19. Gimper

    Gimper Gretschie

    332
    Oct 30, 2016
    Canada
    What kind of Bigsby spring does it come with? ;)
     
  20. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

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    Aug 15, 2008
    England
    I just don't get all this modding that goes on here. Lol
     
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