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If Gretsch Offered to Make a Signature Model for You . . .

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Synchro, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Age:
    44
    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    The Billy Duffy signature Falcon
    But with Dynasonics, a regular B6 (ya know with the black paint and standard bar)
    And a Rocking Bar bridge with thumb inlays instead of blocks.
    Nitro finish instead of poly with my name on the truss rod cover in script, but not my hand writing because my handwriting sucks.
     
  2. buchon2111

    buchon2111 Electromatic

    72
    Mar 26, 2016
    US/Spain
    For me, it would be a G6120DSW with all-gold hardware, a REAL G-Brand, a Filtertron in the neck position, a Dynasonic in the bridge position, the 3-way tone selector (a la 1958), and a fixed-arm Bigsby. A good tune-o-matic bridge with pins would also be required!
     
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Age:
    58
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    make me up a Gretsch Corvette .. ala Brian May Red Special
     
  4. Junior94

    Junior94 Electromatic

    51
    Jul 29, 2017
    Texas
    Mine is simple. A gretsch g100ce with a shiny and polished finish, some abalone and mother of pearl inlay around the head stock, the f-holes, the body front and back, and a 17 in bout and all for under $1000. Something for the jazz players
     
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  5. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Sonic range of tones - I'm thinking SG type rock, hard rock and blues axe all the way.
    Doesn't need a bigsby, just simple direct SG style - a screamer & growler with real bite.

    Powertrons will give the output of PAFs while delivering a better clean and versatile tone.
    Light weight and comfy to play solid body.
    Gretsch has loads of hollow & semi hollows - they need more pro line solid bodies imo :)
     
  6. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    Sounds like you need a Billy Bo.
     
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  7. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Gretschie

    212
    Feb 13, 2015
    tejas
    Mine would be a Billy Bo Penguin...
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    But in the Creme de Marine Falcon color...

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    With the full size Falcon headstock (because I'm a gaudy guy)

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    And it'd have Dearmonds for that twangy appeal...well, appeal to me at least. Thus, I shall never have a sig model, because it would sell only 1 model, and that would be to me.
     
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  8. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    Dang!!!
     
  9. WannaGretsch

    WannaGretsch Gretschie

    220
    Oct 23, 2012
    ALASKA
    I think I would have to decline the offer. The last thing the world needs is another "signature" model! :)
     
  10. National19

    National19 Country Gent

    Jan 4, 2014
    Ottawa Canada
    I have the RHH model and to me, that was the perfect guitar, but then I got one and decided to change some things. Now I think it's perfect. I removed the mud switch, added a treble bleed, took the TV Jones Classic neck pickup out and replaced it with a T-Armond, and added schaller strap locks. To me this guitar couldn't get any better, and the feel of the neck is the best I have ever played. Jim Heath says he doesn't even use the mud switch, so I have no idea why it's on his sig guitar.
     
  11. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    The mud switch harms nothing. Center the switch control and it's effectively out of the circuit. There's no reason to ever remove it. On every mud switch guitar I've ever owned I have reversed the position of the pickup switch and the mud switch, so that the pickup switch is easier to hit. You can also effectively disable it by placing a small O ring on the shaft of the switch and pushing it as far down as possible. That prevents the switch from being moved out of the center position.

    Very few people use the mud switch, and that may be because the presets tend to be fairly dark. By changing the cap values, it is possible to dial in a much more subtle cut of the highs. I could see this as useful for certain instances, although I rarely use any tone cut these days.
     
  12. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    The O ring is a great idea. A very good reason to remove the mud switch is if your hand hits it a lot as part of your stumming pattern. I doesn't apply to everyone but to some for sure.
     
  13. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    That has to be some wild strumming. :)
     
  14. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    When I did this Billy Bo, the client insisted on the mud switch. For one of the caps I used a .001 normally used for a treble bleed. The effect is subtle but I like it.
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    He also wanted the traditional switch positions reversed.
     
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  15. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    I had the very same idea, in fact I just ordered the caps. I’m going to try a .0039 and a .001. When I ordered them as part of some other things I’m getting at TV Jones, they thought that might be a pretty good idea themselves.
     
  16. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    It's more for when I'm doing stage dives and stage surfing with my Gretsch. :)
     
  17. NSM245

    NSM245 Gretschie

    469
    May 7, 2011
    Scotland
    The NSM signature model would have the following characteristics -

    It would be lightweight; this is paramount for me - I had an Epiphone Casino for a while which weighed in at a smidgeon under 6 lbs - if Epiphone can do it, it should be possible for any manufacturer to do it.
    Supertron neck pickup, HS filtertron bridge pickup - or the TVJones equivalents of that combination, I’d be happy either way.
    16 inch width, double cutaway, 24.5 neck and NO….repeat NO Bigsby. I’ve only ever used a Bigsby on one tune for one note, and I’d gladly live without it to lose the weight.
    It should be set up for the lowest possible action which would be consistent with a clean, buzz-free sound, optimised for a string gauge of 11-48 with a plain third.
    As for appearance, it has to be either a White Falcon or a sunburst finish on strongly birds-eyed maple.
    I’ll have it shortly after my lottery win, and of course the pics and a recording will follow soon after that.

    Great, fun thread btw - thanks for letting me dream a little, Synchro :)
     
  18. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Age:
    64
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    This has been an interesting thread to re-visit, particularly since I'm toying with the idea of another guitar purchase. I think I'd stick with my original thought of a White Panther with a good roller bridge and locking tuners. I love the thought of a Falcon, I'd really like an orange 6120, love the thought of a Penguin but at the end of the day I'm a pretty simple meat and potatoes kind of player and the Panther does all of that for me.....really well.
     
  19. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    We're not too far apart. I've realized that I need two Gretsch models, the Synchro Signature and the Synchro Hot Rod.

    The Synchro signature will be a 6120 DC, but it will weigh 7 lbs, like the 2005 Dyna Gakki built DC I own. There will be no mute, allowing the bridge pickup to be closer to the bridge (and no back pad), but there will be a V-cut B-6 Bigsby with a Chet wire arm. The pickups will be Duo-Trons and the tone switch will use different caps, making it more viable for today's music. I'd probably spec trestle bracing for this and certainly the Electone top with closed F holes. Flamed Maple with transparent burgundy, orange and black finishes.

    The Synchro Hot Rod will be based on the G6119-1959 but have a pair of Duo-Trons and the simplified control set which just a pickup switch and a master volume control. Trestle braced and the Flagstaff Sunrise finish, which I would verify by moving to Flagstaff and watching the sunrise daily from the front porch of my 8,000 sq. ft. log mansion. At night I'd go to my Branson-style theater along I-40, play to capacity crowds and reject several open-ended offers of marriage that come in from super-models in the audience. If you're gonna dream, you might as well make it a good dream. :)
     
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  20. NSM245

    NSM245 Gretschie

    469
    May 7, 2011
    Scotland
    Yes - two would be good :) I'd have the 'Falcon' version of my dream exactly as I described above - and since I'm now dreaming of two, I'd have Dynasonics in the bird's eye maple one. In addition.....

    "At night I'd go to my Branson-style theater along I-40, play to capacity crowds and reject several open-ended offers of marriage that come in from super-models in the audience."

    .....count me in if you want to make it a guitar duo gig ;)