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Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Aaron1061, Nov 8, 2018.
I love it. Anyone have $899?
Nice, an Electromatic Junior. I love my Broadkaster Jr - the smaller body is very comfy.
Looks like a better version of the white Epiphone Wildkat. Bet that’s not a coincidence.
I just wish there were more models with single coils. Or at least have it as an option.
That`s a cool, cool guitar.
Just rob-off an old lady in the park and it is yours...
That's a beautiful Gretsch, although I'd have to take some time to get used to the laurel fretboard.
I gotta say, I’ve played two of this same model now at two different shops. Totally underwhelmed. They felt and played terrible. Felt cheap and wouldn’t stay in tune worth a flip. This is a big pass for me unfortunately.
Really? I didn't quite think the same thing. I might not be the best judge but I would like to think I have a reasonable idea. I own a Brian Setzer Hotrod and whilst the Electormatic is not quite as nice, it's highly comparable. I think the price is a major factor though being as it's less than half the price.
I have to admit the tuning could be an issue. It's got new strings so they are going flat after a bit of shredding, I just assumed they'd settle in after being used for a while. Perhaps that's not the case? If so, perhaps wrapping the string over and under itself at the machine heads will hold them in place?
Anyways, none of the above is the reason I signed up lol. I was actually looking for a bit of advice about this guitar.
It has a laurel fretboard, a point of some debate I gather lol, I'm just wondering if I should be treating it the same as rosewood and using some lemon oil on it? I can't seem to find any solid answer except vague suggestions that it could be cared for the same as rosewood.
What are the thoughts from the connoisseurs? I played for over 2 decades but only recently had the pleasure of owning a Gretsch in the last couple of weeks, now I'm lucky enough to have two wanna make sure I take as good a care as possible with them.
Thanks in advance.
I saw one at the local gittar store a cpl weeks ago. Pretty looking. Made in China? Didn’t play it.
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These were made in South Korea and I suspect they still are. For Gretsch, South Korea produces their midrange $600-$1000 or so. Below that is China and Indonesia; above, Japan.
Like I said, the one I saw at
My guitar store surprised me to be made in China as a hollow body. Not sure exactly what model number it was, but looked very similar.
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Thought I'd follow up on this as no one left replies. Also posted on the fender forum since they are also getting round wood restrictions using laurel and pau ferro fret boards.
I was asking if it could be treated with lemon oil, mainly cos it looked dry as heck, but not knowing what indian laural looks like I wasn't sure.
Anyways, over time I guess the natural oils from the fingers have given the fret board a much darker and more appealing look. Doesn't feel any different from the Japense made Hot Rod I have.
And how on earth a guitar that good came out of a Chinese factory I'll never know, perhaps I got lucky. But everything is flawless. Licensed Bigsby returns back to pitch without any adjustments being made, and the question raised about possible tuning stability, which I couldn't answer whilst the strings were brand new, turns out to be a non issue. Doesn't hold perfect like the locking Grotohs on the Setzer, but it doesn't matter. It holds tunes just fine. And I live in Bangkok where my guitars are exposed to high humidity, and a wide variation in temperatures with the ac keeping room temp whilst I"m here, but then with it off when I"m out, the temp can rise up to 40c.
On a related topic, Ive had a cheap thai made thai acoustic guitar, which I've taken zero care of since it was left with me in a pretty bad state to begin with. However with all the humidity and temp changes, the neck is still perfect, nothing bowed, one tiny checking marking on the binding of of the neck. Other than that it's withstood the intense heat and humidity.
So in short, it seems you can treat laurel fret boards with lemon oil, but the lighter appearance isn't necessarily a sign you need to. And Common Chinese imperfections are non existent on this model, and the thing holds tune like a beaut.
Overall a very impressive guitar for the price. Slightly neck heavy, but nothing the center block can't counter to be played comfortably.
Great guitar, puts other electromatics to shame.
I believe ya. The first version of the 5655 (a double cut jet) was made in S. Korea.
These are made in China. I think $899 is just a little much for a Chinese made guitar. They look terrific on the Sweetwater website, but I don't get the price point, when you can get Korean built Electromatics for less.
Welcome to the forum, Reebkk!