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Do you consider this a Gretsch or a telecaster?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Fjrabon, Apr 19, 2017.

Gretsch or Telecaster

  1. Gretsch

    14 vote(s)
  2. Telecaster

    25 vote(s)
  1. Fjrabon

    Fjrabon Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017

    No cop out with the obvious "it's something in between"
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  2. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Telly anyways. But interesting.
  3. Dave-B

    Dave-B Synchromatic

    May 23, 2016
    I guess it would play, sound and feel like a Gretsch. Only the body shape says tele.
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island

    I don't care how elaborate the decoration is. A Christmas tree is still a christmas tree.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
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  5. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Neither....Cabronita, but to answer your question:Tele

    Bigsbys, Filters, Dynas, or TVJs of any variety does not make a non-Gretsch a Gretsch...just the same as 57 Classics in a Duo Jet does not make it a LP

    With that said....I Love Cabronitas. They are Teles with more meat and chime
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    .........either way , not for me
  7. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    Gretsch. Gretsch pickguard, knob arrangement, hump fretmarkers, strap knobs, knob style, bridge, bigsby.
  8. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Oct 5, 2009
    It's a Cab. Cabronita's are Teles in my eyes.
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  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Since Gretsch never made a Tele shaped guitar, it can't be a Gretsch. It's a Tele with Gretsch parts, aka a Cabronita. I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers. :p
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  10. Fjrabon

    Fjrabon Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017
    To complicate matters further it's made by a guy at Fender custom shop who also makes custom Gretsches as well.

    I guess we could call it a cabronita, but I've always viewed cabronitas as a subset of telecasters. To me, calling it a cabronita is calling it a telecaster. Doesn't make sense to me that a 72 thinline is a telecaster but a cabronita isn't.

    It's the only non-center block Tele I've ever seen as well. With a gretsch bridge
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  11. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    That's not a Gretsch, and it's not even a Cabronita. A Cabronita is a stripped down Telecaster with Filtertrons. This is MUCH more than that. It is in fact, a wolf in sheeps clothing. Or is it a sheep in wolf's clothing?

    Whatever it is, it hurts my eyes AND fills my heart with lust. I'm confused.
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  12. Fjrabon

    Fjrabon Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017
    When I first saw it I thought "my god that's awful." I've gone through many steps and am now at "okay, what could I sell if, just hypothetically, I wanted to buy it."

    They're called white chickens, btw.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
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  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013

    ........I feel dizzy........

    And you know........I can grow really good sideburns. Like, Elvis '56 all day long. Surely somewhere there has to be a sideburn donation center where you can sell your sideburns to the less fortunate?
  14. It says Fender on the pick guard. Didn't they make the first tele?
  15. Fjrabon

    Fjrabon Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017
    IMG_8257.jpg Also funny to me that under that white paint there's high grade flame maple (spruce top).
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  16. Kitvin713

    Kitvin713 Gretschie

    Jan 10, 2017
    Fresno, CA, U.S.A.
    IMHO it's a tele with gretsch features but still a tele... Am I the only one that thinks it would feel somehow wrong when playing it?
  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
  18. Jonbass

    Jonbass Gretschie

    Oct 10, 2016
    It's a monstrosity. ...I want one.
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  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Beautiful wood underneath. Why cover it with paint?