I Must Open

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by rake_ether, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Acclimatize? Play that pretty guitar.
  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Congratulations! Aspen Green is very pretty.
  3. unknown fan

    unknown fan Gretschie

    Aug 7, 2018
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Fight climate change, open the box now!
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  5. EdwardsKim

    EdwardsKim Gretschie

    May 11, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Let me know for any future purchase/inquiries regarding Gretsch or anything in our inventory and I'll get you the best deals :) congrats on the guitar!
    GlenP likes this.
  6. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Congrats on a lovely guitar!
  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Most of the time Australian Customs Dept opens mine for me before I get it.
    tdtom likes this.
  8. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Congrats on your new 5420, rake_ether!
  9. S.R.Cash

    S.R.Cash Gretschie

    Aug 29, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    I really debated this colour myself first. Congrats! Lovely!
  10. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    I never wait.

    Does anyone wait 24 hours to acclimate when playing a hot or cold outdoor gig?
    Cassotto likes this.
  11. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Jun 16, 2019
    Oh, no! You opened it!!!!! You may have spoilt it forever! The paint will start cracking, and by now the string tension will have probably damaged the truss rod! Have a quick look inside the f holes; if mold hasn't set in yet, maybe a technician will be able to salvage the guitar!

    Now, seriously, great guitar! I've never known anyone who waits for the guitar to become acclimatised. And Scooter127's point just above is a wise one.
  12. rake_ether

    rake_ether Electromatic

    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    Thanks, I will look to Chicago Music Exchange first for future purchases.
    EdwardsKim likes this.
  13. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats rake,lovely geet sir!

    Waitin' for it to arrive is all the waitin' i can takes!;)
  14. Charging Charlie

    Charging Charlie Gretschie

    Jun 21, 2018
    You can open it...just can't play it for 24 hours . LOL !!!
  15. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    Jul 13, 2011
    Great guitar you got there.
    Lots of good modding options, if you should choose to go down that road.
  16. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    Nice guitar, that's one of my favorite colors!

    As far as the acclimation and 24 hours--at this time of year, I don't think it's a huge issue if you don't wait 24 hours. The temp extremes aren't as great. However, if you live in a cold climate, order a guitar in the middle of winter, you really should wait a while. I don't know that 24 hours is necessary, but you do want to allow time for the guitar to adjust to room temperature. Chances are, before arriving at your home, it has been in a cold environment for an extended time. It's been sent from where you bought it to a warehouse, then from there to a distribution center and then on a truck in between all of that. None of which are probably heated. So it is cold throughout. Has been for a few days. Even if it's in a case or a gig bag. It's not the same as playing a gig as chances are, that's a 3-6 hour window of temp extreme. Not days. The biggest issue with it is having the finish damaged from the temp change. Just like necks changing due to temp/humidity, the body is also wood and the finish isn't. Expansion and contraction can occur at different rates.
    Groutsch likes this.
  17. vidiot72

    vidiot72 Gretschie

    Aug 31, 2009
    Montgomery, Alabama
    I never wait! Sometimes if it's nitrocellulose I'll crack the case and let it acclimate for a little while but that's only if it's really hot or really cold outside.
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