Just admit it. You bought it for the color.

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Jelly Roll Horton, May 19, 2019.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    Yup, Lollar, CC, yummy sound for a Tele
     
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  2. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    I did not know that. Mmmmm, better go learn a Leadbelly song
     
  3. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    I want the same but in LH ! :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    A+!
     
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  4. EC Strat

    EC Strat Electromatic

    88
    Jan 11, 2019
    Louisville
    30C46705-210D-4449-8692-196447E097A3.jpeg F0FEEDA2-8513-48EB-BC74-BF9651B663D3.jpeg I usually start with the type of guitar I’m after, the specs and then the color has to win me over.

    That’s how I ended up with my red Clapton Strat and burst semihollow gretsch
     
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  5. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Synchromatic

    Age:
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    670
    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City
  6. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Synchromatic

    Age:
    51
    850
    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    I wanna buy this one "just for the color" ... anybody play one of these cheap-o's? How bad can they be @ $179.99??? Serious question,,,how bad are they?
    Reviews show inconsistent fretwork, so I guess you'd want to play before buying..?




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    Last edited: May 21, 2019
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  7. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    79C01EEB-0985-4096-AB12-91028E5781D9.jpeg I say it’s all about color but the evidence couldn’t be more black and white.
     
  8. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Synchromatic

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    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City
    Verrry Pretty!
     
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  9. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

    Age:
    52
    451
    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    No: I initially went to Centrale Guitare (in Pigalle) to check a beautiful Walnut Stain G2655T I had seen on their website:
    g2655T Walnut stain.jpg

    They had no such model any longer ("Yes I know... our website... not really up to date...") and I was bound to buy a cherry red Epiphone Casino because of its color VS my GoldDust G2655T. I was really hesitating because of the color, especially as when light is not good it looks quite green.
    Gretsch G2655T STREAMLINER800.jpg

    But the BroadTron was so much better than the stock Epiphone pups (don't know what they are) that I finally bought my first Gretsch:
    G2655TShines.jpg


    But.... yes: I was stunned by the orange G3140 -classic Gretsch orange- on the wall at Le Shop Lyon and bought it on the internet without even trying it.
    gretsch-synchromatic-g-3140-historic-series-1.jpg
    gretsch-synchromatic-g-3140-historic-series-2.jpg
    (These pics are from the website).

    And i's still orange, whatever the weather:
    Gretsch G3140 Historic Series800.jpg
     
  10. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Me also.
    Colour is way down the priority list on guitar choice for me :)

    The guitar design, sound, brand, model and features come 1st.
    Once that's decided you can always find that guitar in an acceptable colour.
     
  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    The 3140 is a great guitar. I also had a 3141, same guitar only black finish. The 3140 ran rings around the 3141 for tone and sustain, so I sold it. All my other Historics are gone but the 3140 is still with me.
     
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  12. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Synchromatic

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    United States
    Nobody own one of these cheapies?
     
  13. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I just got one of these Surf Green Bullet Teles from MF a couple weeks ago. Got it on sale for $130. For that price, a killer deal! I really didn't know what to expect at this price, but I've got to say I'm impressed..

    The Surf Green finish is perfect. The neck and fret size - just the way I like 'em. Nice (medium C?) sized neck - and I'd guess medium jumbo frets. Fret work very good on mine. The frets need a polish, but I'll get around to that when I change strings (soon).

    Indian Laurel board, but nice and dark - I was afraid the fretboard might not be dark enough..

    Great weight on it - just under 7 lbs.

    Even the stock pups are decent - I most likely won't even swap them out.

    This Tele arrived set up just the way I like it, too. I couldn't believe it. I didn't have to touch a thing. Action was perfect.. o_O

    The tuners are the weak link, but I hear there are no real drop-in replacements, so I might have to just live with these for now.

    All in all, though, I couldn't be happier with this one for the price.

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  14. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Gretschie

    454
    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I bought a Fender Starcaster strat a couple weeks ago for $50. This by any serious definition is an inferior instrument. And yet, new strings and checking the neck (along with some cleanup and oiling) resulted in a guitar I am happy to loan (with a cheap Line 6 amp) to anyone who might need one or just wants to see if an electric guitar is right for them. I can’t set the intonation on it because the frets don’t seem right, but for anyone who wants to just play open chords in the first position, or simply practice scales without amplification, this works fine. Cheap guitars have a place, if you accept their limitations and don’t have unrealistic expectations. I’ll probably end up giving this setup to somebody just to get them started. Leadbelly didn’t start out with a $2000 Martin.
     
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  15. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

    Age:
    52
    451
    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    Yes.
    I obviously initially looked at it and started to consider buying it because of the color. But I did lots of checks about that model before pulling the trigger.

    Now I'm really satisfied with it: the DeArmond 2000s are a great alternative to the BroadTrons. They offer great thinner twang, nice versatility up to really mellow sounds (which I scarcely use, to be honest), and they support crunch with admirable dignity...

    And now with both guitars, I think I have a great panel of these great Gretsch sounds. Even if I sometime wonder whether I miss something by not having any Filtertron or other Gretsch signature pickup...
     
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  16. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

    Age:
    52
    451
    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    Yes.
    I obviously initially looked at it and started to consider buying it because of the color. But I did lots of checks about that model before pulling the trigger.

    Now I'm really satisfied with it: the DeArmond 2000s are a great alternative to the BroadTrons. They offer great thinner twang, nice versatility up to really mellow sounds (which I scarcely use, to be honest), and they support crunch with admirable dignity...

    And now with both guitars, I think I have a great panel of these great Gretsch sounds. Even if I sometime wonder whether I miss something by not having any Filtertron or other Gretsch signature pickup...
     
  17. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I love the Dearmond 2000 pickups. They got all the twang!
    I’ll take the neck D2000 over a neck filtertron any day. That’s why I just put a neck T-Armond in my 5420.
     
  18. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    312
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    I go back and forth on this one. Solely because color or looks? No, in fact if that were my criteria 2 of my 8 would be out the door. The ones I'm "meh" on were likely initially bought only because of the sound. Shecter Diamond Series Gryphon and my Epi Les Paul Standard Pro.

    The one that the look WAS the finishing touch for me though was my first Gretsch, the 5420. I'm not into gawdy or tacky looking (I think someone appropriately used the "Elvis" reference lol) but other than struggling between the Snowcrest White or Black was my conundrum. Admittedly, it is kind of gawdy but I still love the sound so thats the one I did compromise on somewhat.
     
  19. Aristophon

    Aristophon Newbie

    3
    May 16, 2019
    Jonesboro, AR
    This whole thread is a direct threat to my willpower to not run out and buy a second Gretsch in Cadillac Green.
     
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  20. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    9D244479-08E7-4070-8E91-3461586FDCB1.jpeg As a matter of fact I did. I wanted a surf green Strat or Jag or Jazz and in my wandering I stumbled on this. My daughter is Jade this is Broadway Jade and she liked it so it was fate.
     
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