Fret Size on Setzer Hot Rod

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Synchro, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    How big are the frets on the Setzer Hot Rod?
     
  2. Fred132

    Fred132 Electromatic

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    May 7, 2011
    Atlanta
    Bump for my info...
     
  3. HonkyTonkMichael

    HonkyTonkMichael Synchromatic

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    Feb 1, 2010
    Reno
    I'm curious about this as well... I've seen YouTube vids of Hot Rods that appear to have jumbos, but who knows if they were original or not. I'm GAS'n for a flat black Hot Rod and I much prefer jumbo frets.
     
  4. rickvox

    rickvox Gretschie

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    Aug 28, 2009
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    I was told by Tavo ,who makes the Dyno brains and owns or owned Gretsch hotrods and Brian Setzer models that they have 6105 frets on them. I asked also as I need to have a refet on my 5120 soon .
     
  5. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    That's what I've heard as well. I played on yesterday and the frets are definitely big and beefy. It's a neat axe.
     
  6. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    London...ish
    The Setzer models don't use the same fret wire that Mr Setzer uses himself. Tavo refretted his SSVLO with the correct fretwire, then dropped some T-Armonds in.

    Maybe PM Tavo for a detailed lowdown, then do a brain dump on us.

    Cheers

    Mr Marlin
     
  7. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    I'm not really concerned about which frets Setzer uses, I just wanted to be certain that the Hot Rod has fairly large frets, which it does.
     
  8. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Sync, I dont have the specs on the fret wire. It is wider and taller on these new models than on my older Sig SSU was
    (which now does have stainless 6105 dunlop with some taken off the top).
    I now feel that when I switch between the refretted SSU and the stock SSLVO (now not stock because of T=armonds and DE bigsby) Its an easier transition
    but that wire on the FMIC setzer is still not as big,fat and super fast like the 6105.
     
  9. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    NJ
    Yeah, I don't know how the Hot Rod frets copare with 6105s (maybe they are 6105s? Don't know...), but they are plenty big enough for me. When a refret becomes neccesary, I probably will go for 6105s... so in 10 years or so, I'll get back to you with the comparison. ;)
     
  10. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    That's the impression I got when I played it, generous in size but not quite huge.
     
  11. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    I'll stay tuned. :)
     
  12. Bionic Muffins

    Bionic Muffins Synchromatic

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    Feb 22, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    What wire does setzer personally use? I remember reading a few years back about "making sure they have big bulbous ends"
     
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