Jade Penguin NGD!

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Just-Joshin-Ya, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Just-Joshin-Ya

    Just-Joshin-Ya Gretschie

    Nov 23, 2017
    My Jade Penguin csms last night and it is truly one beautiful guitar! My initial thoughts on it...
    The neck feels a bit wider than my 6120jr
    It does have quite a bit of neck dive, which I think makes it feel heavier than what it really is. I’ll figure out a method to fix that! It came strung with 11’s which I think is what gauge they originally came with? Has anyone used 10’s on theirs... any intonation problems? The sound is fantastic, the dark tone cap may be a little too dark for my liking but the other one is great! I had a 6121 and this one sounds quite a bit differently than it did! It’s right between a tele and an LP, no feedback issues, can’t wait to get more time with it!
  2. dak55

    dak55 Synchromatic

    May 31, 2018
    Mills River NC
    Pics man, pics!!!
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  3. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015

    I don't have a Jade Penguin, but my CDG single cut (and in fact all of my Gretsches) are intonating just fine w/ .010-.046 NYXLs.
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  4. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I just put the Thomastick Jazz Swings on it in 12's, no intonation problems. Sounds great, not muddy like I was worried about. Neck dive doesn't bother me but the way the leather strap grabs my shirt as it dives a bit does bug me. Out of my four guitars, it is 9lbs1.5oz, my heaviest. Glad, you got it! Congratulations!
  5. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Congrats and lets see pics!
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  6. Just-Joshin-Ya

    Just-Joshin-Ya Gretschie

    Nov 23, 2017
    I haven’t weighed it yet but I’d guess around 9lbs, I have a few herniated discs in my neck and back so that makes weight more noticeable anymore. I’ll try some 10’s one it and we’ll see how it goes! I’ll try to have some pics up tonight!
  7. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
  8. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Great guitar. Congrats.
  9. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    Aside from say congrats I'm going to avoid this thread. Pictures will just make me green with envy. ;)
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  10. dafreeze

    dafreeze Friend of Fred

    Congrats again Joshin, here’s a pic to hold us over, my son Josh and his bride playing with a couple of my toys.

    Mine’s about 8-1/4#.

    I run 11/49’s which I believe is the stock size.

    I’m wanting to test whether I can add a strap button at the neck joint as I’m a stander and although my 2” suade strap helps, it’s a pain.

    Someone chimed in that that worked for their double cut, but it’s got the longer neck joint which puts his a couple inches further up towards the headstock.

    Only thing I’ve done is try lead shot in the cavity (didn’t have enough) and add a DE handle and soft spring.

    I’d like to try a titanium Compton but something’s up with Wayne so I may end up with a TruArc.

    Curious how many of the 75 are here now. I believe you make 5 or 6.

    Henry likes this.
  11. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2008
    Cool guitar,

    I bought one back in October
    Bertotti likes this.
  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron

    Would love to see it.;)
  13. Just-Joshin-Ya

    Just-Joshin-Ya Gretschie

    Nov 23, 2017
    401F418E-009B-4553-8CFC-3EE8DC8E574F.jpeg 18283C9E-FFC6-4093-92A8-EDB99D2736AF.jpeg EFAC26AC-7A01-4FCF-9E73-43F4471D72A5.jpeg DE149FED-3FF8-4AE3-A441-B2B26DB51C90.jpeg 40D52ED6-0DA3-42CE-A864-F7EA7B1FF985.jpeg Mine will get a soft spring for sure! Have one on my Jr... very nice!
  14. dak55

    dak55 Synchromatic

    May 31, 2018
    Mills River NC
  15. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Congrats , she's a beauty
  16. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Congrats. It's a beauty.

    The only real solution for neck dive is to move the strap button (other than go back and redesign the guitar. ) Best option is to the heel either on the side or on the back.
  17. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Congrats, very nice guitar!
  18. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Run a strap from the rear button to the horn button then attach the tail end strap to the one bridging the buttons. Move it till it works this way you are moving the center of gravity back. I haven't tried this yet but I think it would work.
  19. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Congrats, these guitars are great, I love mine!
  20. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    DaDaymn! That is one stunning looking guitar.

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