Duo Jet Recommendation

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mhubbell, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. mhubbell

    mhubbell Electromatic

    6
    Jan 13, 2020
    Austin, Tx
    Hey guys, I have a guitar in mind that I want to buy but I can’t find one that checks all the boxes, hoping someone can help!

    doesn’t need to be new, but any insight on best years on production would be great.. definitely want a pro line Japan version since this will be a one and done purchase and I do not want to modify it.

    -Black Duo Jet
    -Thumbnail Inlays
    -Ebony Fingerboard
    -Bigsby
    -DynaSonic pickups

    I prefer vintage spec to player series, but I’m not opposed to a modern iteration if there is one that checks the boxes

    thanks!
     
  2. johsonrod

    johsonrod Country Gent

    Apr 14, 2010
    Toronto
    I don’t think there was ever a factory model Duo Jet with thumbnails and dynas. You could always get a set of TV Jones flavoured dynas in a filtertron housing/cover.
     
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  3. jarrodtaylor

    jarrodtaylor Gretschie

    176
    Mar 14, 2019
    Delray Beach, FL
    Seconded. I'd get the vintage select '59 model and swap the pickups to T-Armonds. They sound great and pickups are an easy change on Jets.

    Plus a vice soft V neck to boot.
     
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  4. mhubbell

    mhubbell Electromatic

    6
    Jan 13, 2020
    Austin, Tx
    I like that idea. Would the appearance of the guitar be different with the dyansonics installed in a Filter’Tron housing compared to if it was manufactured that way? Kinda nit picky, but just want to double check before going that route.
     
  5. jarrodtaylor

    jarrodtaylor Gretschie

    176
    Mar 14, 2019
    Delray Beach, FL
    You'd have to use the Filter'Tron style pickup rings. The pickup itself can still look the same.

    Here's some: https://tvjones.com/collections/guitar-pickups/t-armond

    The no-ears and English mount ones will fit in place of a Filter'Tron. They'd probably look pretty cool with black rings on a black Jet.
     
  6. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
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    1953 body with a 1957 neck. This is an old Duojet repaired by Gretsch in the late Fifties. Everything you want except da Bigs ;)
     
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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  8. mhubbell

    mhubbell Electromatic

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    Jan 13, 2020
    Austin, Tx
  9. mhubbell

    mhubbell Electromatic

    6
    Jan 13, 2020
    Austin, Tx
    I love Julian Lage. I would consider his new Collings he’s coming out with, but I imagine it will be several thousand $$$
     
  10. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    I‘ve heard 7k, dunno if that’s true...
     
  11. mhubbell

    mhubbell Electromatic

    6
    Jan 13, 2020
    Austin, Tx
    My guess is the street price will be 4,500 - 5,500 depending on the specific guitar etc... I feel like I’d pay a premium for a Gibson style guitar because their qc isn’t the best, but a Japanese Gretsch is hard to improve upon.
     
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  12. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    The Collings is handmade in the US with a very special bracing, Ron Ellis pickups, Waverly tuners...hard to beat I guess. A special kind of a Duo Jet-inspired guitar.
     
  13. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Looks great, but as a pre FMIC model probably less chambered and heavier than more recent Duo Jets. Also the electronics are widely considered of a lower quality. Don't know much about the pre FMIC Dynas. Filters have ceramic magnets instead of Alnico, but I've never read about differences with pre FMIC Dynas.
    Hard, if not impossible to find another model with an ebony board, thumbnail markers and Dynas though.
     
  14. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Are there any fans here of El Twanguero (Diego Garcia)? 8F07E408-4FF8-4C13-8EDF-3D16806FD083.jpeg He has a transition model ‘57 Duo Jet with DeArmonds, mud switch, and thumbnail inlays. I have not examined this instrument personally, so I cannot vouch about the factory originality.
     
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