NGD - Black Phoenix

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by TimH, Mar 26, 2020 at 6:55 PM.

  1. TimH

    TimH Electromatic

    Feb 3, 2018
    hey all - I’m new around here but since I got a new Gretsch the other day I figured I’d better post. I’ve always been a far off fan of Gretsch guitars and even owned a few - A Sparkle Jet, 6118 and Electromatic Elliot - but none of them lasted long for one reason or another. I’ve been a gear flipper for over 20 years so I’ve become pretty fussy with particular likes and dislikes and to be honest nothing stays around that long.

    My favourite Gretsch’s have always been the Falcons. I think It started with the video for Moneky Wrench by Foo Fighters...the headstock, sparkle binding and bold look just really grabbed me. Anyhow, most Falcon’s I’ve seen for sale here in Canada were more than I wanted to spend.

    Recently though this Phoenix went up for sale and it has a lot of cool features I look for. TV Jones, 25.5”, Nitro Finish, pinned bridge and of course that headstock and sparkle binding....and the price was right.

    Anyhow, I’m obviously in the honeymoon period but I’m loving it so far. Played through my Matchless C-30 today was just a beautiful tonal experience.

    Cheers everyone!
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  2. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Gretschie

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Congratulations on the new phoenix, would love to see pics.
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  3. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Welcome & congrats!
    Yes we’d love to see pics of your Phoenix..
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  4. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Beautiful! Congrats!
    Welcome to Club Falcon
    And welcome to GT!
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  5. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
  6. TimH

    TimH Electromatic

    Feb 3, 2018
    She is. There’s one blemish in the finish near the neck pickup...looks like someone was too sweaty for the nitro...or a sticker damaged the finish. The clear coat is a bit cloudy there but otherwise it’s gorgeous.

    Starting to age a bit too...the binding has yellowed in places which is cool. I think I really like that she’s a bit of a rare bird (no pun intended!) and I’m unlikely to run into many more like her...
  7. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    These are beautiful guitars. Mine's a '14, and the lacquer is tinted. The body binding and headstock silver inlays all look "aged."

    The truss rod cover on mine is not lacquered, so one can see the difference how it looks compared to the headstock sparkle work.

    Enjoy your new Bird.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2020 at 9:08 PM
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  8. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    That’s a beauty. Enjoy and welcome!
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  9. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    Beautiful, Congrads and Enjoy
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  10. dilver

    dilver Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2009
    Loved my Black Phoenix. That vertical headstock logo - it’s gorgeous. Ultimately, I sold it to fund another guitar, but I loved the tone, especially the neck pickup. Congrats!
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, lovely Gretsch. I still own one but soon it will be gone!
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Stunning guitar, congrats!
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  13. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Beautiful and here's a welcome from someone else in Ontario!
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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Beautiful guitar . Welcome friend
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  15. Howdy Tim and welcome aboard. Congratulations. Outstanding guitar and to me, there’s no substitute for cubic inches and TV Jones rounds her out so nicely.

    I had a Black Phoenix years ago but alas she moved on, and in fact to a little girl all of 11 or 12 at the time in either Ontario or Quebec, I just don’t recall for sure.

    This young lady was the host of a locally generated children’s show and was dressed like a cow girl and used the GreTsch on the show to perform for the audience.

    My Phoenix has since been replaced with a Silver Falcon, one of 3 Big Beautiful GreTschs that I’m fortunate enough to enjoy at the moment. Like others, I am thinning the heard and one of the variants of my keepers list includes this beast. Time will tell.
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  16. CatTones

    CatTones Gretschie

    Jul 28, 2017
    Gorgeous, and Like Calebaaron666 said
    Welcome to the Falcon Club !!!
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  17. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    Welcome and please will you all stop it
    This is the one more that I want to add and you guys are killing me :p
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