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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Synchro, Jun 11, 2011.
How big are the frets on the Setzer Hot Rod?
Bump for my info...
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That's the impression I got when I played it, generous in size but not quite huge.
I'll stay tuned.
What wire does setzer personally use? I remember reading a few years back about "making sure they have big bulbous ends"