Gretsch G9210 Boxcar

Discussion in 'Gretsch "Roots" Acoustic Forum' started by Danbgt, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Danbgt

    Danbgt Electromatic

    May 25, 2019
    I am a pretty new guitar player. I took it up as a retirement endeavor. I have been a drummer for 57 years. Started playing when I was 12. I always wanted to play guitar but family and a busy career seemed to dominate all the time. (And money!). So when I retired I needed something to keep moving and thinking and the guitar was the answer. Now, with the internet, there is a never ending array of teachers and instruction. But I quickly discovered that the electric rhythm guitar parts to all the rock n roll songs that I wanted to learn was not what I was really interested in. What was really interesting and challenging was John Fahey, Leo Kottke and Jack Rose. So that’s where I headed. Sometime before arthritis and Alzheimer’s sets in I am going to be able to play some of that stuff!
    Some time ago I ran across a Gretsch square neck Boxcar resonator for a price that was just to stupid to pass up. It’s a pretty little thing. Very deceiving. I brought it home. I picked up an assortment of thumb and finger picks. And a Dunlop Lapdawg tone bar. I’m set! There are all kinds of YouTube videos on how to pay this thing. Piece of cake.
    I have discovered over the past few months the true nature of a square neck resonator guitar. And what they are really used for. When you spend hours and hours working on Sunflower River Blues and you begin to think “Man! I have almost got this. I am making real progress!” You go get that square neck down, lay it on your lap, put them picks on, grab that tone bar and proceed to loose every bit of confidence you have built up over the past few weeks. After some time of making these God awful noises and beginning to feel sweat run down the back of your neck, you hang it back in the wall and walk away. Head down. Just go set on the porch and stare at the fence. That pretty little thing with the shiny plate just kick your ass. Again! Oh well. There’s always tomorrow.
    Anybody interested in a buying a never really played Boxcar resonator?
  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Ain't that the truth! Don't sell it yet, though.
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  3. MichaelHargis

    MichaelHargis Gretschie

    Apr 2, 2017
    Tucson, Az
    Hey, I turn 60 next month. It's month 20 of playing the guitar. I just want to be able to play around a camp fire. Well now I can and starting to jam with others. Talk about sweat!!!!I have been a lead singer and have my our show for over 35 years and never had the time to learn. Ha, now when some hot shot player hands me that Ax I can at least strum a cord or two.
    Stick with what makes you happy
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  4. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Welcome to the forum! Always nice to see a fellow drummer here. I first picked up the guitar a few years ago after about 25 years behind the kit. Like you, I'm finding that this instrument is a real rollercoaster ride for my self-confidence. Great one day, not so great the next—but it's a new challenge every day.

    Let's see some pics of your guitar!
  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I have those moments all the time and that’s after 35 years. Don’t give up. It’s not a race. Some think it is, but I rather roll down the window and enjoy the scenery if you get my drift.
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  6. Danbgt

    Danbgt Electromatic

    May 25, 2019
    Thanks for that. It definitely is not a race. There is no finish line.
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  7. Chris MC

    Chris MC Gretschie

    Oct 27, 2014
    Orange, Aus
    Keep at it, these things will come, a little bit at a time.
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome friend . Keep at it , it'll come to ya . How about a photo of that resonator :)
  9. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Now might be a good time to sell that here, there's been a little interest in reso's lately.
  10. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Nothing more fun than playing the song you want to hear. Keep at it
  11. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    To succeed ,first you must fail,we've all been there sir,ya gotta just keep plugin' away. :)
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  12. I jus´ heard that a rhythm guitarist should sound / hear themselves as the drums / drummer . . .
    Hmmm . . .
    David Crosby with his early Gretsch with The Byrds . . .

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  13. Danbgt

    Danbgt Electromatic

    May 25, 2019

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  14. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    JC gave you some great advice, but they are a lot of folks here that have great advice. I say keep on keeping on. I been banging away on my guitars for almost 60 years and still have a whole lot to learn.
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  15. Racherry

    Racherry Newbie

    Sep 17, 2019
    New to the site, new to Gretsch. So far I love it, G9210. Played some slide as a kid, returning to the womb.
  16. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Good tale. Would be nice to hear a follow-up—whether you kept it.
  17. Danbgt

    Danbgt Electromatic

    May 25, 2019
    Well. I still have it. The guitar. Not the ability. Although there must be something going on. I had it down the other day just messing around and my wife walked by my room and said “that’s pretty”. At the time I thought well maybe I am starting to get somewhere. But as I think about it she may have just been talking about the guitar itself. I’m afraid to ask.
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  18. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    You have a whole room? Like a mancave on the first floor?
    Yeah. Me too. <beams with pride>

    Help me out here: Is a mancave on the first floor better or worse than a basement mancave?
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