Jet Firebird in Action

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by BrickwallJackson, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. BrickwallJackson

    BrickwallJackson Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Aug 9, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    Hey Y'all,

    We put together a trio at the last minute to do some classic tunes for a pit barbecue we had this past weekend. Thought y'all might like to see a few shots:

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  2. MartyT

    MartyT Gretschie

    407
    Apr 8, 2010
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    You have excellent taste in guitars, Sir!
     
  3. Crooner

    Crooner Friend of Fred

    Apr 15, 2009
    Boston
    You're killin' me, Johnny. Killin' me. :p
     
  4. S Macp

    S Macp Country Gent

    Sep 6, 2009
    Glasgow, UK
    Nurse! The drip!
     
  5. BrickwallJackson

    BrickwallJackson Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Aug 9, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    Y'all are too funny! But, I'll bet you're fun to drink beer with. . .

    Yeah, I love my Gretsches. They are the best investment I've ever made in guitars.
     
  6. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Synchromatic

    501
    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Beautiful Guitar, don't see too many dbl cut birds. If you don't mind me asking, what type of bridge are you using?

    Have you had any mods done to it?

    Thanks
     
  7. BrickwallJackson

    BrickwallJackson Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Aug 9, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    Hey Bro,

    Don't mind a bit! It's a Melita bridge, which comes stock on some Gretsches and can be purchased as a genuine Gretsch part. I used it because you can set the intonation for each string. This was important because what you are looking at was originally a Malcolm Young signature model that I modified. I needed to cover the holes from the Badass bridge that came on the guitar orginally, and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to use a bar bridge or a roller bridge because you have to intonate them by moving the base around. With the Melita, I was able to cover the holes with the bridge feet, then set the intonation. Worked great!

    Here are the mods that have been done to the guitar:

    - Added Bigsby
    - Added pickguard
    - Replaced Badass bridge with Melita
    - Replaced tuners with vintage style
    - Had back and sides sprayed black (to match the 60's originals)
    - Removed the "Malcolm Young" signature from the truss rod cover

    Overall, I'm VERY happy with the guitar and it plays like a dream and sounds like a freight train! Quite an instrument, but then I feel that way about all my Gretsches now!
     
  8. Sarah93003

    Sarah93003 Friend of Fred

    Lookin' good Johnny!
     
  9. Wulfgang

    Wulfgang Synchromatic

    Age:
    50
    851
    May 22, 2009
    Seattle WA./Omaha NE
  10. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Synchromatic

    501
    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Thanks for sharing...that explains a lot, what an awesome customization.

    I was trying to figure out how you got such a great balance, of old, new, and precision balance. I like to set intonation as well, we have a lot of humidity changes in Michigan, and it always seem that I need to tweak the intonation to get "that sound" perfect.

    I bet it does play great and really screams.

    Thanks Again!
     
  11. Jukebox

    Jukebox Gretschified

    Age:
    64
    Jun 2, 2008
    Foreston,MN
    Looking good! Where is my girlfriend? lol
     
  12. BrickwallJackson

    BrickwallJackson Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Aug 9, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    My pleasure buddy! Yeah, y'all have some rough weather up there I know! But, you know it gets humid as hell in the South, and we have similar issues. I find that most of my issues revolve around neck adjustments more than intonation.

    The bar bridges and space control bridges never bothered me from an intonation standpoint. But then, I used to play the old-style Telecasters and you could never get those things perfectly intonated.
     
  13. BrickwallJackson

    BrickwallJackson Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Aug 9, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    LOL! This wasn't my regular gig, so my band wasn't there.