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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by ZackyDog, Feb 10, 2018.
I've gotta stop reading these reviews! Now I want one of each.
I really don't think the Penguin has nitro lacquer.
It looks and sounds nice.
Cons: The case is a bit vanilla.
Maybe on purpose? You wouldn't want to attract any more attention to it, especially if someone checks it as baggage at the airport.
Is that a useable mud switch?! And both reviews said they now feature a 2" body depth, which my only gripe with the Jets is the thinner bodies compared to Les Pauls. Now, the only question is do the Penguins only come in white this year?
Usable mud switch? That's a tough one Slim. It's all relative. From what I have read, it doesn't have the latest paper-in-oil capacitors that they had in the vintage days, if that's what you mean.
Just by using Google images and plugging in "Gretsch penguin" in the search field, there appears to be quite a variety of them out there. If you click on the image, then slect "visit" it should bring you to the vendor's website.
Keep in mind, that there are some unique ones, but probably expensive (~$5k) as they may be masterbuilt by the Gretsch Custom Shop.
I have to keep my new purchases limited to Sweetwater, as that's where I have a credit card to
I want a Penguin. Would love to order one from Steven Stern with only one Filtertron at the bridge and no neck-PU. And -as a big twin-brother- a Falcon with the same spects. Both with a Bigsby. That would be really cool.
But I believe that I have to wait until I win the lottery
...and be able to afford other things first...sportscar, Harley, a little house, some new boobs for the missus, getting my amp and guitar collection back...
Oh, better idea: I could send my 19 y.o. son to work and retire. (Or sell him into slavery together with his mother.)
It is always good to have an alternative perspective for your life...
Ohh...now I know. It took me a bit of time and research to put a response together for you.
May all of your needs and wishes come true, Frankie.
I try to survive a hernikated vertebral disc by my borderline patient care wife since 5 weeks. and I am losing my strenght more and more. I should really win the lottery.....
Don't forget this one!
Sorry to hear that. I wish you strength.
Thanks Zacky. I really need strenght at this point of time.
The only thing that keeps me from selling body parts for the ‘57 Penguin is the fact that I have the Broadway Jade Penguin. I don’t know about all Penguins but I can not imagine anyone buying one and not liking it. I’m sure it’s happened but I can’t imagine it. The only reason i haven’t sold my other electrics is because they are paid for and each is specialnjn it’s own way. One was the first I ever bought, one my wife gave to me for Father’s Day the first year we adopted out son and the other I won in a random drawing. And lately I have considered selling two of them. The Penguin is the only one I grab for and electric similar to how my Martin cured me of acoustic GAS the Penguin has cured me of almost all my electric GAS, almost, it isn’t 100% cured maybe 90, well 75, ok ok 50% cured!
From my standpoint, yours appeals to me more than the other Penguins because it is a double cutaway, V-cut Bigsby, HS Filtertrons and bar bridge (though I would eventually replace the bridge with a TruArc, non-rocking bar bridge).
Like this one?
Yes, but mine's not a serpentine.
In that picture that BJP is sporting an SS TruArc Bridge.
I couldn't tell; I was just looking at the spec sheet.
And the BJP has a major advantage over most other Penguins and many Jets ... the much better high fret access due to the combination of a double cut and a short neck joint. The double cut Jet in post #6 for example has the ugly and not very handy long neck joint ... can be nicely seen in the photo.
A further advantage not many other models (Penguin & Jet) share, is the combination of a mahogany body with a maple neck, which leads to a less dark sound, than a pure mahogany design.