Doublecut Jets?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Uncle Daddy, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Been a big fan of single cutaway Jets since got my first projet from Marlin (sadly missed here) in a trade, and my red sparkle is a keeper. Anyone here a fan of double cutaway Jets? You don't often see them for sale. I was wondering what the neck access is like; is it much the same as a single cut? neck dive? Control positions?
     
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  2. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

    457
    Dec 9, 2017
    Tucson
    Neck dive was a problem on my Broadway jade DC, however, a strap button on the heal of the neck eliminated the problem and now the guitar is super comfortable and feels very light as well
     
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  3. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Neck access is amazing. As a mater of fact, it is disorienting after playing single cuts for so long. I keep finding myself moving to far up the neck during lead play because the 12 fret is so far from the body.
     
  4. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    739
    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I recently became a doublecut fan when I used an Electro in Tahiti Red while amp shopping. Didn't care for either amp I tried but I took home the Electro. Gigged with it immediately and got good results. Inferring that a Pro Line version could only be better, I bought a Broadway Jade Penguin from another GT-er and love its big chunky neck. Neck dive is an issue for me, too, on that one, but I'll find a way to remedy that once I get it set up the way I like it. I'd be gigging with the red one more if Reverend hadn't gone and come out with those new Sensei RTs with Bigsby in sparkly finishes. But that's another story. (Double) thumbs up for doublecut Jets.
     
  5. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Sorry, the double cut Jet design is not my taste, conversely to single cut Jet... :oops:

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    A+!
     
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  6. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Electromatic

    29
    Nov 1, 2019
    Columbia, MO
    I do the same thing with an SG.
     
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  7. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Dude. Get a double cut jet. SOME have better upper fret access. My DCM jet and the BJPs have the necks join at the 19th fret. Many other DC jets have a longer joint, probably the same as the single cut - e.g. the firebird.

    And . . . Symmetry!
     
  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I have a few doublecut Jets. The upper fret access is really good but avoid the versions with the long neck tenon if access is your priority. My standard doublecut Jets don't exhibit very much neck-dive with a wide leather strap, but my 2 doublecut Penguins are definitely neck-heavy.
     
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  9. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Synchromatic

    686
    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Love double cuts, we have had zero issues with them. The accessibility, reduced weight score two additional points with me.

    I ended up giving my son my 1989 Gretsch G6128T-62.
    He wasn't sure what is was because all the kids were playing Strats and Teles.
    He had a 5120, so I let him try it. He and that guitar were inseparable. He even used it for his Senior pictures. It was his "go to" guitar, and still loves it, since he is a far better musician than me, I don't have the heart to ask for it back.
     

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  10. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Great story, love the pic
     
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  11. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
    I had a modern double cut that was a great guitar but had just enough neck dive to tweak my already tweaked back - eventually over come with guitar tweaking. Latter, I got an older, solid mahogany double cut pro jet. About 4 lbs heavier and (oddly enough) no neck dive and no back issues! Dumped the factory pups for some TVJs and I'm pretty much in love. IMG_4001 (2).jpg
     
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  12. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I don’t have a DC Jet but my Penguin Broadway Jade DC does have a bit of neck dive but doesn’t it doesn’t bother me. I would say in the Jets if it has a standard neck join the fret access would be similar to a single cut, the long neck join. But with a short neck join you can get right up there easier so it feels like better access. So, if you are using the neck heel as a landmark you could get misplaced.
     
  13. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Synchromatic

    686
    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    No deck dives with this jet either, maybe we play with lighter hands. I understand the physics, with a shorter neck joint, so it may cause concern with some. With our jets, we have had no issues or concerns. Here is the other Dbl cut that has not given us any neck issues, however, it is about 1.5 pounds heavier than the 1989 pictured earlier Champagne Jet (2).jpg
     
  14. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    My Penguin is the heaviest electric I have at 9lbs.1.5 ounces.
     
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  15. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    You must not own a Gibson Les Paul:D
     
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  16. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Here's my doublecut Jets/Penguins:
    6129-TC 020.jpg Frank x 4 007.JPG G6128T-1962 004.jpg 6128T-DCM & 6128-TC 027.jpg 6134-1962FSR 006.JPG 6134TDC-LTD15 003.JPG
     
  17. Moleng1

    Moleng1 Synchromatic

    Age:
    61
    745
    Jul 5, 2014
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    Man audept!! ! That champagne sparkle makes me more than just a little firm!!! You also still have your DCM!! One of the only guitars I really regret moving on!!
     
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  18. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    You are correct. two Strats, a Minarick Lotus studio which is 2 oz less than the Penguin at 8lbs 15.5 oz, and the Penguin. I do have a Sears 1970's sg copy but it is out of commission currently. I really love that white DC Penguin in Audepts pictures.
     
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  19. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
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  20. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Got this double cut Electro in a trade and it's a really nice guitar in all respects, although it's not getting much play time these days since the 5622T turned up.
    20180118_155719.jpg
     
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