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Malcolm Young Replica project.

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by englishman, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    This one will take some time for sure. I'll be doing it in between projects when I can't advance them for some reason (finishing etc.) it'll give me something to do.

    As you probably noticed in the other thread, I am now the proud owner of a Gretsch Electromatic Double Cut pro jet... with no headstock.

    I've been a big AC/DC fan since I saw Bon Scott and the boys play in 1976, such a great show! Malcolm's guitar fascinated me as it maps out many years of serial modding trying to get the perfect sound, the final version being just a stripped down hotrod. I thought I'd like to take a crack at one... so to speak.

    Be right back, uploading pictures.
     
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  2. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I was surprised by how heavy this thing is. Doesn't feel like it's chambered at all.
    I pulled the pickups.

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    Looking solid

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    Making the hole for the master volume. Yep, solid so far.

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  3. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
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  5. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    No. Solid wood in the horn.
     
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
  7. johsonrod

    johsonrod Country Gent

    Apr 14, 2010
    Toronto
    On average it would be too light and off balance if it was hollow in the horn there. My single cut is hollow there and on the lower horn and all the around pretty much.
     
  8. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Couldn't resist buzzing some of the finish off to look at the top. Not really horrible.
     

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  9. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    The wood on those older ones looks really nice. The mahogany is beautiful. That one weighs a good 2lbs more than my single cut but it felt good. Very Les Paul like.
    The neck felt nice too, i hope you can save it E man.
     
  10. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    46
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I was struck by how heavy these were the first time i picked one up.

    Should be a cool project sir.
     
  11. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

    Age:
    51
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Have lots of fun with that, David. This sounds like a "heart-project". Enjoy.
     
  12. sovtek

    sovtek Electromatic

    73
    Jun 16, 2014
    Brisbane Australia
    These electromatics in this series are solid as a rock no chambering as far as I can tell.TV jones sell a kit that you will need!
    TV Jones Pro Jet blocks are used to secure your TV Jones NE Filter'tron Mount pickup into your Gretsch® Electromatic Pro Jet®. Side blocks are used for pickup bezel screws to bite into - Bottom block screws into the body and is for pickup mounting screws to bite into. Large side blocks can be stacked with small blocks for bridge pickups and small side blocks are for neck pickups. SHM-WDPAK

    Comes in a pack with eight (8) side blocks and two (2) bottom blocks.

    I cannot recommend the TV Jones Classic Plus highly enough,to put into your project Englishman.If I can help with anything or try and answer any questions based on my experience with these conversions please don't hesitate to get in contact!Will be following your journey with great interest!
     
  13. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Got some more of the poly off the top. Looks like a four piece top to me.

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  14. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Managed to route the side cracks flat and then put a channel in the block of mahogany. Looking like it'll kinda work. I'm just winging it here lol.

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  15. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I need to slow down and make sure I'm doing something that works.

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  16. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I think you basically need to remake the scarf joint. The angle cut is probably needed to counteract the string tension.
     
  17. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Can't do that without pulling the fingerboard and removing the truss rod though.
     
  18. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Gretschie

    341
    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    Can you add biscuits to the repair area to strengthen it?
     
  19. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I assist this opinion. I assume that this will not be stable enough.
     
  20. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    59
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Guess I'll put some 13s on it and crank it up :D

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  21. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Yee haw!