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Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by Czar, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Czar

    Czar Electromatic

    Jan 6, 2017
    Hello, not only am I new to this forum, I am new to the concept of guitar ownership, playing and everything associated with wanting to learn to play the guitar, is it possible to teach an old dog, new tricks ?

    I have no musical background whatsoever, I have never ever even picked up or held a guitar, or any musical instrument for that matter.

    Why am I here ?

    A short brief, 21 years ago this coming May, I suffered a life threatening accident, in recent years my cognitive symmetry coordination has suffered somewhat, my specialist consultant has suggested that to improve my symmetry coordination, I should push myself and learn a new trick, she suggested learning to play the guitar.

    Why a Gretsch guitar ?

    Those of us with a few miles and years on the clock, can remember when the Stray Cats strutted their stuff, Brian Setzer is one of my guitar heroes, hence why I have decided that if I'm going to learn to play the guitar, why not purchase a Gretsch guitar, as rocked by one of my guitar heroes, not only do they sound fantastic, to my untrained ears, I find them very aesthetically pleasing too.

    So here I am, I don't have the necessary Big money to own a full on professional/player gretsch, however, I do have the money to purchase an electromatic, my preference is the single cut body, as this to me, more resembles the full on professional/player range of yesteryear over the double cut body, please don't get me wrong, I don't know what I'm talking about with reference to the single/double cut body, I'm only quoting from what I've read and seen.

    After research since the start of the year, it appears there is something called NAMM, where musical instrument manufacturers launch their new products for the coming year, so I guess I'm better off waiting to see what emerges from Gretsch that may/may not be introduced changes to the electromatic range, colours etc etc etc.
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  2. heinzman

    heinzman Gretschie

    A small advice for you:
    the sound of Brian Setzer is mostly in his fingers !!! Gear is just one thing...:rolleyes::)
  3. heinzman

    heinzman Gretschie

    Uuups.... welcome !!!! ;-)
  4. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Welcome aboard!
    You're about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Learning an instrument can be a rewarding pastime. It can also be frustrating to no end. Persevere. It's also something that you can do for the rest of your life. I'll never attain the skills I'd love to have, but, I'm enjoying the ones I have attained. It's all small steps. It'll fight you, but one day, you'll pull off a riff that's been giving you fits, and the personal satisfaction of overcoming that is why you do it. It's a never ending story. Enjoy it!
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  6. hoqcougfan

    hoqcougfan Gretschie

    Feb 25, 2013
    Welcome Czar. I also started playing later in life. My experience with two of your points
    Playing a guitar I found pleasing to look at enhanced my enjoyment.
    My cognitive skills were noticeably better from day one.

    If either of these are because of a placebo effect, so be it. Looking forward to seeing a picture of your new 5420 and following your story. Times must be tough, being Czar you should just ask Putin for a proline.
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  7. Floo

    Floo Synchromatic

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Welcome Czar!
    Everything you said so far seems to be legit, wanting a Gretsch because you're a Setzer fan gets you into good company 'round here, and owning a guitar that pleases you will make you play it more often than one that you find less attractive. Thus you will make progress rather quickly.
    A 5420 is a good choice for a beginner - it resembles the famous 6120, and it will sound good enough as well. I'm still rather pleased how much I can do with mine, playing Blues, Rock'n'Roll, funky and jazzy stuff as well. You will need a nice amp with it, and if you're on a budget, I'd suggest some modelling Fender, the Mustang series have a good reputation. If you're willing to get a valve-amp, the smaller Fenders are good, e.g. a Princeton, or a Vox AC4 - AC10 (as a UK-resident).
    Anyway, you should go to a music store and take a 5420 into your hands. Maybe you have a friend who plays? Take him/her with you and go guitar-windowshopping. That's part of the fun!
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  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT Czar!
  9. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Gretschie

    May 20, 2016
    Well I don't know what cognative symmetry coordination is.
    But if playing the guitar is a remedy I'm gonna tell my wife that's what I've been working at all these years.

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2017
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  10. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Welcome to Gretsch - Talk, from another "later in life" starter!

    I don't see where you had a specific model in mind, but it looks like the forum has decided a 5420 would be a good choice. Can't say I disagree. :)

    Do play as many as you can before buying, and I'll second the motion of taking a knowledgeable guitarist friend with you.
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  11. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Simply said ; " You're never too old to learn " . Best wishes on your new adventure
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  12. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, Czar!
  13. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Welcome. The new 5420s are excellent and should be right up your alley.
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  14. CaliforniaSlim

    CaliforniaSlim Electromatic

    Jul 21, 2016
    Welcome. Can't argue with the 5420 option. They look like what you are talking about (even come in that beautiful Gretsch Orange) They sound great and I have not heard a bad review.
    Happy picking/plucking/strumming.
  15. T simmons

    T simmons Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2013
    Welcome to the forum!! Enjoy your new adventure in learning to play!!
  16. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Welcome! Whatever you do.....if you REALLY wanna play.......stick with it. Guitar is one of those things where you gotta do it a lot, and you sorta just suck until one suck less. Lol! It's kinda like never get "there", you just keep playing and enjoy the journey. :)
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  17. Gretschman2

    Gretschman2 Country Gent

    Apr 8, 2013
    Enetai, WA
    Welcome to Gretsch Talk !! You'll find a lot of help here. All you need to do is ask, and don't be shy about doing that whenever you feel the need.
  18. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Gretschie

    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City
    Go for it 100% I played my brothers Strat when I was a kid and was so frustrated I never tried again. Then 3 years ago I started playing. We bought a guitar for our Neice and I bought a Stratacoustic. Then we took a group lesson. I have been hooked ever since. An added bonus is my memory and timing are vastly improved. I am getting better and I enjoy playing every day!
  19. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Take lessons and practice. Takes a bit to get your finger tips in shape.

    Good luck.
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  20. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Gretschie

    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City
    +1 I take a weekly 1/2 hour lesson. Makes a big difference. There are many good tutorials on You Tube as well.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017