NGD: Cat's Eyes! Historic Series G3150

Discussion in 'Streamliner Gretsch Forum' started by Groutsch, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Groutsch

    Groutsch Electromatic

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    Thanks to people on this forum - you know who you are - I've been gassing for cat's eye sound holes and DeArmond pickups, and I got both features in this Historic Series Streamliner G3150. Isn't she a beaut?

    On first listen, the DeArmond 2000 pickups have a distinctive sweetness. I hope I'm not just hearing the dead strings; setup comes tomorrow. And of course the cat's eyes dramatically enhance the tone. :D

    This guitar has an aesthetic integrity in the width and roundness of the body, the sound holes, and the pickup pole pieces. It seems to play well, but I get a lot of pleasure just looking at it. P1030942_DxOa.jpg
  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Great guitar and great pickups, congrats!
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I've got a 3140---my favorite guitar. Try it thru a Vox.
    Everything sounds better with Cat's Eyes!
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  4. Groutsch

    Groutsch Electromatic

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    I was tempted by a 3140 a few months ago, but I would have had to drive 400 miles to get it.

    Which Vox amp do you use? I had my first play on the 3150 through a Vox Mini Superbeetle, which gave me that sweet tone, but it was only at don't-wake-the-wife volume.
  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I have an AC15. If I were to get one now, it'd be an AC10 as I'm just playing at home. There's something special about those DeArmond single coils thru a Vox amp. The only negatives with the guitar are no Bigsby and no master volume knob.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019
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  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, very nice!
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    You're right , she is a beaut . Congrats and enjoy it
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  8. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    Sep 8, 2012
    Really nice guitar you've got there!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who sometimes just likes to look at guitars.
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  9. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
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  10. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Congratulations! Beautiful guitar. Everything does indeed sound better with cat's eyes.

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  11. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Enjoying mine. I'd prefer the more conventional Gretsch control layout but, hey, there ya go.
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  12. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
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  13. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Congrats on the new beauty! Cat's eyes make everything sound better.
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  14. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Big congrats...Love that!!!

    I may be the minority here, but I find Gretsches without Bigsbys incredibly sexy!!
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  15. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Beautiful guitar, congrats! I’ve always liked those guitars and cane close several times to buying one. I dig the red too, they don’t come up as often.
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  16. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    My 3140 is a hardtail style. I can live without a Bigsby myself (don't stone me!) as I'm a rhythm player mostly.
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  17. ronbo

    ronbo Gretschie

    Feb 28, 2012
    Broomfield, Colorado
    I've always loved those 31xx series historics and the finish is nice with just a bit of grain showing through. Nice Score!
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  18. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    May 13, 2018
    Love it. Which scale are those?
  19. Groutsch

    Groutsch Electromatic

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    Scale length is 24.56" = 624mm.
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  20. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats,great lookin' geet!
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