NGD: G3140 Historic Series from 2000

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by RomanS, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Just snagged a G3140 Historic Series for a really good price from a local seller:

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    When these came out in the late 90s, I had just gotten back into playing electric (had taken a break, just playing acoustic for a few years); local store had one in their window, and I passed by there eyeing it every day, but couldn't afford it (had just finished university & gotten my first real job) - had to settle for an Ibanez AFS 75 T (not a bad guitar, but a bit bland).
    So I was really happy to have found this.
    First impressions: those Dearmond 2000s are a bit brighter and twangier (which is a good thing) than other Dynasonics I have tried.
    ...and the neck is too small to feel comfortable. But that's a problem I have had with every single Gretsch guitar I ever tried (no matter whether Pro series, Electromatic or Streamliner); I love 1-3/4" nuts, and I love fat 1" thick baseball bat necks - this is neither, though it seems to be a little bit chunkier than my Pro Jet (old model that came with those small HBs, not the current one with the Blacktops).
    I'll have to see whether I can deal with that, and whether I'll keep it (if only for sentimental reasons), or whether I will flip it again...
    If I keep it, it will definitely need a Bigsby!
     
  2. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Synchromatic

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    Aug 5, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Congrats! I'm a Historic Series Streamliner man, myself!
     
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  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Gotta loves cat's eyes! Congrats.
     
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  4. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    BTW, even my girlfriend, who is usually none too happy if I bring home yet another guitar to our place, likes it, because it's "So pretty!" (her words).
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  5. Merc

    Merc Gretschie

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    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    I’m waiting for someone to post...

    Everything sounds better with cat eyes!
     
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  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    I've got an '03 G3140 and an '08 first gen Pro Jet as well. The 3140 is my favorite guitar. Try it thru a Vox!

    Everything sounds better with Cat's Eyes.
     
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  7. SWoody

    SWoody Electromatic

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    Aug 27, 2018
    PA
    I've been eyeing a 3156 but he's dreaming with the price.
     
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  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    The 3140s are great guitars. I love mine.
     
  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    One of the few guitars I ever regretted selling. I have actually tried to buy it back from the guy in Tasmania I sold it to!
     
  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    lafayette in
    The only gripes I have are the lack of a master volume control, and the 10 pounds of weight. I bought mine for $450, ostensibly new, from a lady in Savannah GA in '03. No case, Straplocks or jack plate, tho. A few years ago, I saw the black sparkle version on consignment at a local music store for $1300. Don't know if it sold for that, tho. For that kind of cash, you could get a used Proline.
     
  11. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Mine isn't that bad, weight-wise, I have Teles that weigh more... Kinda in the typical ES335 weight range.
     
  12. Beardog

    Beardog Gretschie

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    Thats a beauty, congrats
     
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  13. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    By the way, just got off the bathroom scales with mine: 3.9 kg / 8.6 lbs. - that's OK with me...
     
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  14. Merc

    Merc Gretschie

    168
    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Nice. It looks really clean too. For some reason I find myself browsing used 3140’s from time to time. Maybe it’s the Cat’s Eyes that gets me.
     
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  15. swivel

    swivel Gretschie

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    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    Looks a lot like my G3161, but the 3161 is super light. I guess the 3140 must have a center block?
     
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  16. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Yep, centerblock, that and the body depth are the main differences
     
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  17. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    The 3161 is 25.5" scale the 3140 is 24.6" scale.
     
  18. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Ah OK, didn't know that.
     
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  19. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Gretschie

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    That’s a great looking guitar. The DeArmonds are great
     
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