Duo Jet head stocks

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by 5120mantis, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Age:
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    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    I see some jets with wider headstocks and horseshoe inlays, and some with a profile thats not as wide, like on my 53 vs and projet, i guess they are different time periods, are the wider ones pre fender post baldwin im not up on the history.
     
  2. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    I had either a 98 or 99 pre-fender Duo Jet with the big headstock and horseshoe. I know a lot of people prefer the smaller headstocks but I dig them both.

    I think I’ve seen a few custom shop ones recently come out with the wider headstock.
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2019
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  3. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    The earlier ones with the wider headstock have a neck made like a 6120, with strips of wood laid parallel running the entire length. They differ fro the modern versions which are one piece. The 90s ones also weigh about 100 pounds.
     
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  4. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Is it as simple as wide h/s Jets are Pre-FMIC, and narrow (vintage correct) are Post-FMIC?
     
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  5. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    56
    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    While there are exceptions (the Penguin family in particular), that's the general rule.

    Pre = wide,
    Post = normal (narrow)
     
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    .......what ...no pics ?
     
  7. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    847
    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    How about a dick pick?

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    /I didn't say anything naughty, why are you looking at me like that?
     
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    ....easy now
     
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  9. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    There were a few pre Fender versions with a narrow headstock, around 2000-3, styled to look like a 50s DynaJet with hump block inlays. Look nice, but still uber heavy. Any version with the wide head stock is most likely pre FMIC.
     
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  10. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    Hmmmmm??
     
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  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    All my doublecut '62 style Jets have the narrow headstock, which I prefer for a straight string pull from the nut.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2019
  12. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    I love the narrow DJ head stocks, not only do they look great, the string path is basically straight from the nut slots to the tuning pegs.
     
  13. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Age:
    45
    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    So the original run Jets from the 50's throu the Baldwin era were majority narrow, cool
     
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  14. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Socks are for feet not your head!

    That's how I initially misread this title. I like the narrower ones aesthetically. Arguably had better tuning stability.
     
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  15. Joe Desperado

    Joe Desperado Electromatic

    21
    Jun 13, 2019
    Chicago
    There was a wide and a narrow jet headstock in the 50s too. But the wide was only 1/4” wider at the flared wings. Jets from 55 and earlier for sure had the wider headstock. Maybe into 56 too.
     
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  16. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The red one is a 1997. The gold one is 2005;

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  17. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I must be the odd guy out because I really dislike the look of those skinny little headstocks, give me the wide or even better Penguin's wide headstock!
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2019
  18. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Do you know the factory and country of manufacture for the red one? Lovely pair.
     
  19. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Hi Henry,
    The red one is a G6129TR. Made in Japan. I am pretty sure it's a Terada guitar. It has pretty much the same neck profile as the 2005 Terada gold guitar. I have a Dyna Gakki jet and that profile is slightly different.
     
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  20. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    I saw a red one like yours for sale earlier in the year. Timing was bad or else I would’ve jumped. I’ve been wanting either the red or black sparkle Jet with the big headstock for sometime now. They’re both pretty rare and hard to come by.
     
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