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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Aaron1061, Feb 4, 2019.
Man, that is a sexy beast!
I agree with everyone else, please start a thread and post high res. pictures. I hope it is just some clear coat coming off, but even that would be strange although if it is clear coat it should be repairable. But it may end up being a warranty issue. Did you buy it used? Could it have taken a knock there and cracked the clear coat I wonder. But yeah let's see some pictures!
No, it was more like the shape of a G6219T but that doesn't seem to be available in metallic red, so maybe a different model number. I do remember seeing MIJ on the pictures though.
What's a 6219T?
There is also this. This is my 1997 G6129TR
Sorry G6119T as below (the one thing I don't like about Gretsch are the numbers instead of names...not easy to remember).
I'll try to post pics tomorrow in the daylight. It may be tough to capture in image, but I'll try.
To answer another question, yes I am the original owner, bought about two years ago. I'm gonna take it to the store where I got it whenever the damn weather relents b/w Ames and Des Moines.
I will try a few close-ups here, re. my above posts. The discoloration just below the first fret is where the 'clear plastic' strip has come loose and broken off. The surface below is extremely rough.
Sharp fret ends are easy to repair.
It's a seasonal thing...
That's definitely peeling drum wrap... Which is what the sparkle is made of anyway.
EDIT: actually, upon closer inspection, that's the poly clear coat that has cracked and dropped off.
By “clear plastic strip” do you mean that the nitro finish is chipped? I dont know that there is a plastic strip involved. The photo looks like a sizable chip in the nitro. Which if it wasnt from an impact that you know of shouldnt have happened and ought to be covered under warrantee i imagine. But its hard to prove that it was due to a manufacturing issue and not wear and tear. Just my 2cents. Thats a bummer though. Id definite be talking to my luthier about getting that repaired before it gets worse.
I'm wondering if the poly clear coat is what appears to be what I called a "strip," simply because that's what it looks like -- a "plastic strip", once it comes loose all the way down the fretboard. Which it has, by the way. What has broken off, as the pic tries to show, is about 2-3 inches down to the first fret.
I don't know what it could be, other than a manufacturing issue or flaw. The guitar has not been damaged or hit, and it is not heavily played or even taken outside the studio. However, I'll have to consult the retail seller about the warranty, if any. The guitar is about two years old, maybe two-and-a-half.
I think Gretsch customer Service, which is usually very good, would be your best bet. This is a top of the line product and they live or die by their reputation. Best of luck either way, i hope you can get this resolved without having to spend more money to be thrilled with your falcon again.
ya thats the clear coat not the inlaid binding. Gretsch uses a sealer coat of poly before laying down Lacquer on the models spec'd for it. I had some of this going on at the top of the neck where the nut was.
Looks like exactly what happened with my 5420. Gretsch/FMIC did a straight exchange since it was brand new (made in March, ordered in August and arrived in October) and under warranty.
Well, it's turns out Gretsch/Fender's customer service isn't quite very good, IMO at least, as they have declined to warranty this situation. When this poly strip came loose, I tried to super-glue it back on, and this voided any warranty from their policy point of view. But they also maintained that the guitar "must have been damaged or hit from the side in some fashion," which is an insinuation about my honest that is absolutely unacceptable to me. The guitar was not damaged in any way, as it had never left its case or the studio before I discovered this.
I'm not going to vent about this, except to say, as a session guitarist, performer and player of over 45 years, there are a lot of guitar choices available to me, and this will be my last Gretsch, based on this experience. I will have the guitar repaired at my own expense, but then I'm done.
I'm not trying to be a "fanboy" of Gretsch, but why would you use any type of "CA" on an instrument repair?
That's a huge NO NO in guitar repair 101, and I can see why any company would not move foward with a warranty repair. Why would they after a CA was used as an owners attempt to fix something.
If you bought a new car, and tried repairing a few paint blemishes unsuccessfully yourself, what do you think the manufacturer would say?
Sorry to hear about this issue, but I sure can't blame Gretsch for walking away from this.
you're skimming over the part where they called him a liar saying it mustve been hit to produce that damage when he said it had not.
No skimming, just a third party obvervation of this story.
Obviously an emmotional situation for the OP, and not trying to be a jerk, but I didn't hear the exact conversation from either side.
Again, I can see why a warranty claim was denied, and would be by any guitar company after an unsuccessful CA repair on the defective area.