NGD: Heatley Retro-Matic

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by LivCo, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. LivCo

    LivCo Electromatic

    Sep 10, 2015
    Fortunate to still have work, and the virus outbreak killed off my big b-day trip to HI that was supposed to be next week, so here we are. This thing is absolutely tremendous. Korina body and neck, Wolfetone P-90s, Bigsby B7, Hipshot tuners (maybe the smoothest I've ever owned), chunky neck, just the perfect gold sparkle top, and Kay Kelvinator inspired headstock. Scott Heatley is terrific at making guitars. Ron Thorn (of Thorn Guitars and Fender Masterbuilder) agrees:

    Anyway, the important stuff:
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  2. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    Wow what a unique looking instrument
    Congratulations stunning
  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Man that looks smooth . Congratulations
  5. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012

    That is super COOL. Enjoy.
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    P-90s AND Cat's Eyes! Can't be bad!
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  7. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    whats diff about this one besides extreme filtering and lighting (inlay withstanding)?
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Inlays, switch, master vol.....
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  9. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    is your flake this fat, or a finer flake?
  10. LivCo

    LivCo Electromatic

    Sep 10, 2015
    Hard to really tell in that light, but mine looks finer flaked to me.
  11. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    a way to catch the flake in say an iphone is to focus on one spot of the body. tap and hold till it autolocks and snap. Inside in a room w no
    windows and light hitting the subject at a 45 degree angle adds to that. Outside can work, its just a little more work.
    I'd love to see some more pics of your guitar, Its got a similar build style to my rooster. I was wondering what cat eye sound holes would look like
    on a flat top like this, and your guitar has some seriously dedicated style on the soundholes/fholes. What hinders me from them is my tops are super thin like
    a martin acoustic guitar. Is there reinforcement around the fholes and more so, is it a solid top? Would love to hear demo vids too, if they are clean players.
    cheers on a fab instrument!

    FWIW.. regarding pics to capture flake w a phone cam:

    I shot some fat flake in a two stage clear in these pics, first is outside on my car in direct sunlight

    and then inside w direct LED light above at 45 degrees, but ambient daylight in windows.


    same flake but w a green candy over it, in a lightless room w spotlight

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  12. Buckyboy

    Buckyboy Gretschie

    We all know that sparkle makes any guitar sound better so that guitar must sound phenomenal. Cool headstock design too; a bit of a nod to the Kay Kelvinator style.
  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
  14. LivCo

    LivCo Electromatic

    Sep 10, 2015
    I went and looked again. Seems like the “powder” flake - smaller than glitter sized - and definitely smaller than the flakes in this Novo Miris I owned previously.
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  15. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron

    Interesting geet that.
  16. LivCo

    LivCo Electromatic

    Sep 10, 2015
    Some more detail:

    I believe the top is solid. It definitely seems thicker than an acoustic top.

    And here’s Paul Pigat playing a non f-hole version:
  17. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Synchromatic

    Aug 5, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Congrats, have always wanted one in Surf or Sea Foam!
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