New Setzer Hot Rod Day

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by RustyShackleford, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Merc

    Merc Synchromatic

    708
    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    If the smaller scale length bothers you, might be better to return.
     
  2. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    This is rampant on so many gretsch guitars now, but... Street Sounds in NY would sell a guitar w this as a blem. Here's the thing though, not ALL gretsches have a perfectly flat fretboard especially where the neck joins the body, not all these gretsch guits have the same quality of wood on the top and back of the guitar. Voids in the ply reduce resonance, and on and on so if the guitar sounds and plays and feels perfect dont get caught up in binding that didnt get scraped as thoroughly after the first sealing coat was applied to the raw guitar. Unless you are buying it as lawyer wall art. :) That guitar is beautiful! I cant wait until a translucent purple is created to match my 99' purple candy hotrod :)
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  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    As long as the guitar is otherwise o.k. I would have absolutely no problem with the binding at this crazy pricepoint.
    It is a formidable looking guitar.
     
  4. RustyShackleford

    RustyShackleford Electromatic

    12
    Dec 28, 2015
    Depends
    It’s not the scale length, it’s the size of the body. I’m used to the big gal. It doesn’t bother me it’s just interesting to me on how a small change to the bout size gives a completely different feel hanging on the strap.
     
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  5. speedicut

    speedicut Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Same here, I'm kicking myself for not grabbing one of these but I've no room in the gun safe!

    Congrats on a beauty Rusty, I hope it works out to your satisfaction!
     
  6. RustyShackleford

    RustyShackleford Electromatic

    12
    Dec 28, 2015
    Depends
  7. Merc

    Merc Synchromatic

    708
    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Never played a Falcon as far as body size goes, thought you meant freaking over size of scale length.

    They look like a great pair if the binding doesn’t bother you and it’s added to your stable. I wonder if they will only do a refund and you decide to keep it, maybe you could talk them into some cash flowing back your way.
     
  8. DougCraft

    DougCraft Gretschie

    154
    Apr 24, 2018
    Northern Colorado
    @Merc I would not worry about the yellowing - it's a beautiful guitar. Good deal congrats!

    Have you noticed the 9.5" Setzer fretboard radius - how does it feel compared to your other 12" radius Gretsches?
     
  9. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    My buddy recently got a Setzer Green Sparkle (although not through the Adorama deal), and he reports no binding discoloration on his - but he also had the chance to eyeball it before he bought it.

    But I'm sure you paid a lot less for yours than he did - with the Adorama blowout - So maybe take that into account.. !!

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  10. RustyShackleford

    RustyShackleford Electromatic

    12
    Dec 28, 2015
    Depends
    Spent some more time playing and it is one crazy resonant guitar. The falcon is more refined whereas this one is more raw. Makes sense given the hotter bridge pup.

    Haven’t heard back from Adorama yet but I realize it is the weekend. I’ll likely keep it.

    My least favorite thing is the location of the pickup switch, but hey you can’t agree with Brian on everything. I’ll get used to it.
     
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  11. RustyShackleford

    RustyShackleford Electromatic

    12
    Dec 28, 2015
    Depends
    I do notice it when I first pickup the guitar or switch from anther guitar, but it’s a very slight difference. I get along fine with 9.5 and have a couple 9.5 Teles. After a minute or so it is out of my mind. I find it comfortable for chording, which is my wheelhouse.

    Most of my guitars are 12” but my hands are not picky with radius. I get along with most everything.
     
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  12. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Hot guitar. Congrats! I’m not a huge Brian Setzer fan, but I admire the way these guitars are wired. One knob, one switch. Genius! And a two tone gretsch is such a pretty thing to look at.
    If it were me, i wouldn’t worry about the blemish, BUT I’m a slob so....
     
  13. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    The 2-tone black is my favorite Hot Rod color. One of the classiest finishes IMO.
     
  14. Merc

    Merc Synchromatic

    708
    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    [QUOTE="RustyShackleford, post: 1119194, member: 16894"

    My least favorite thing is the location of the pickup switch, but hey you can’t agree with Brian on everything. I’ll get used to it.[/QUOTE]

    You could always drill a hole at the usual PUP selector spot and move it. It’d be like the opposite of the earlier Hot Rods he played and moved.

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  15. G5422T

    G5422T Synchromatic

    525
    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Congrats on your Hot Rod. Beautiful instrument.

    Love my big bodied Hot Rod. It's simple and can just scream. 20181211_112503.jpg
     
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  16. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Synchromatic

    Age:
    51
    752
    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
     
  17. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    It is. Then they scrape it off.
     
  18. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Looks nice, eventually all the binding will turn yellow anyway. I would keep it.
     
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  19. RustyShackleford

    RustyShackleford Electromatic

    12
    Dec 28, 2015
    Depends
    Decided to keep it.

    I’m liking the Setzer pickups. Much different than the HS filtertrons. The hot rod compliments the falcon nicely.

    Big fan of the neck profile.
     
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  20. Merc

    Merc Synchromatic

    708
    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Hope it gives you years of enjoyment
     
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