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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by RocknRollShakeUp, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I just struck a deal on one!
    ;)
     
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  2. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Gretschie

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    Jun 20, 2017
    USA
    Far out! Congratulations! Looking forward to your review!
     
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  3. Willie D

    Willie D Gretschie

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    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    The Broad'Trons are really good pickups. Definitely in PAF territory; dark but not muddy. If you want aggressive overdriven humbucker sounds or fantastic jazz tones, they're right there.
     
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  4. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Gretschie

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    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    RocknRollhakeUp, Thanks for sharing your Falcon mod. We were looking for clarity on our Falcon. The Compton bridge added a lot, but it still was too muddy for our tastes. Now we have a successful option. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  5. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Gretschie

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    Jun 20, 2017
    USA
    You are very welcome! If you go with the TV Jones Setzers please let me know how it works out for you! What material is the Compton bridge you are using if you don't mind me asking?
     
  6. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Thanks Willie,

    She is shipping tomorrow! I love big distorted PAF- hollowbody goodness..really excited about this one
     
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  7. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Thanks R&RShakeup! She is shipping tomorrow
    :cool:
     
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  8. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Gretschie

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    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    We used the tone chamber brass to go with the gold. It looks fantastic, sounds much clearer, and the finish won't rub off.
     
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  9. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Congrats. Larry! We need more information and pics! :cool::D
     
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  10. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I sure will and thanks!
     
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  11. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

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    Jun 15, 2010
    Mississippi
    That's why I bought 4 Falcons 2 of each pickups and 2 with each headstock. I know how fickle I am.
     
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  12. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Gretschie

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    Jun 20, 2017
    USA
    Well played sir, well played!

    ....yep I am gassing for another Falcon with T-Armonds myself...
     
  13. Staggerlee

    Staggerlee Country Gent

    Jul 19, 2012
    Twin Cities
    Flatter relief makes a guitar easier to play not harder and it definitely does not increase the tension :)

    But if I were you, I either stick to 10s or tune down to Eb with 11s to make it easier to play. No need to torture yourself!
     
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  14. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Gretschie

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    Jun 20, 2017
    USA
    good advice..and I hadn't even thought of tuning down to Eb on 11's!
    It has been getting noticeably easier though, as I keep playing the guitar...but I don't want to get bloody tendinitis either! :eek::D...I'll see how I feel over the weekend with it..:rolleyes:
     
  15. Geosh

    Geosh Synchromatic

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    Mar 17, 2010
    Chandler, AZ
    #1 - I am all for Compton bridges. I put them on all my Gretsch (except for 1 that had a TruArc which was also nice)
    #2 - Setzer Sig pickups are THE BEST in the Falcons. I eventually put them in mine after trying out the T-90 in the neck and wouldn't ever have thought about changing it again. They made that guitar absolutely sing!!
    #3 - I love the look without the pickguard, but hated the feel. I like being able to rest my fingers on something when picking. Setzer Signs made me a nice black pickguard with a gold falcon logo that looked absolutely fantastic!! (see below). It looked even better
    [​IMG]

    And a couple more pics here after the T-90 was swapped out: www.flickr.com/photos/joshuagriffin/15801580459
     
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  16. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Gretschie

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    Jun 20, 2017
    USA
    Wow, that's one badass looking Falcon!
    I checked out the Flickr pictures as well. Very cool! I never knew Setzer Signs pickguards even existed! great option!

    So out of curiosity, how would you describe the difference of the neck and middle position tones between the T90/Setzer and Setzer/Setzer?

    Also, is that a Brass Compton? Is your bridge pinned or not? I have a pinned bridge so I'm a little worried about intonation and a Compton on a pinned bridge base. I'm very happy with the ABM bridge, but I would like to get a Compton or a TruArc to have as well, for more old school vibe as well maybe.
     
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  17. Geosh

    Geosh Synchromatic

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    Mar 17, 2010
    Chandler, AZ
    I liked the T-90, just not with the Filter bridge. I ended up swapping in a Setzer in the neck too and I was much happier. I think the T90 was too warm for a big guitar.

    Compton was Stainless. Bridge was taped but not pinned. I put a Compton on another guitar with a pinned bridge though and intonation was right on.
     
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  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I remember that one. The Stealth Falcon. :)

    Which confusingly also happens to be a Chinese fighter jet!
     
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  19. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Gretschie

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    Jun 20, 2017
    USA
    gotcha...and good to know, thanks