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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by TSims1, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Yeah looks like the proline better version of my G5422.
    Panther & Hot Rod are my picks also in the proline hollowbody range.
    Congrats - hope this one is a keeper for ya :)
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  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Hot Rod was my first Proline. GREAT guitars, just not my perfect fit. I wanna get up the neck easily, and I want a tone knob. I also like a 12" radius. However - those Hot Rods are killer and can do anything.
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  3. MaduraMi

    MaduraMi Electromatic

    Jul 21, 2008
    Almont, MI
    Congrats!! She's a beauty
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  4. Uniblob

    Uniblob Gretschie

    Jun 21, 2015
    Oh....dang. That's a beaut. What about the spring?? Did you change out that nasty stock spring?
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  5. Sonny Strimple

    Sonny Strimple Synchromatic

    May 8, 2011
    Western Maryland
    Beautiful Guitar Tony ! Congrats !
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
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  7. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013

    Actually yes! Forgot to mention that I IMMEDIATLEY swapped out for a Reverend Soft Spring!! That is a no brainer for ALL my Bigs guitars..... :)
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  8. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Nice guitar and welcome to our Panther club. We toldja, what took you so long?
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  9. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Nice one Tony. Panther is the only guitar I've ever considered in white! My next Gretsch will be this or a Country Club.
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  10. nickurso

    nickurso Friend of Fred

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    That's why I say it's a better built 335. Years ago when I was touring I played 335/245's pretty exclusively but I wish I had a Panther then. I also put the soft spring in mine it completes the feel. I did go with the true arc bridge and haven't had a problem. I think this guitar really makes any filter style pick ups sound better. I've had stock filters, classics and setzers in this guitar and each time they sounded better in the Panther then any other guitar I've had them in
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  11. Whiteomatic

    Whiteomatic Gretschie

    Nov 24, 2016
    Very sexy. Congrats Sims.
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  12. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I had always wanted a 335 until I got my Panther. Now there's no reason to settle for second best.
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  13. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    First a Reverend soft spring made a Bigsby work!

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  14. Aymara

    Aymara Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2013
    When I bought mine, I was in that so called custom shop of one of Europe's largest music shops together with only one further customer, who bought a 335. So for me it was a nice comparison and for my taste the Panther was the clear winner, because it's much more versatile in sound. Nevertheless we both had a nice chat and left the shop together happily carrying a guitar case.

    What I find pretty strange is, that Gretsch did a mistake here, after Gibson already learned to ban this crap after decades of using this ABR-1 bridge with retainer wire.

    But as I said, it's not only the rattle, that disqualifies this bridge. It's also a tone sucker ... after dropping in the ABM 2400 I had a huge wow effect regarding tone and sustain.
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  15. jagROAR_63

    jagROAR_63 Gretschie

    Apr 20, 2016
    Yeah great axe, looks cool :cool:. Would really love to try one. Congrats :)
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  16. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Oct 5, 2009
    Congratulations dude! What a killer guitar.
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  17. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    I don't understand why they don't just put on a quality bridge on like the Gotoh Nashville my favorite. If you try the ABM roller that everyone is high on I would like to know your opinion as I got off the roller skates several years ago. I tried them, all of them, the cream of the crap was the Schaller but still unsatisfactory. I have since found that a properly cut nut and quality slotted bridge has no bigsby issues for me, and no need for nut sauce or graphite etc. If you get the ABM, I would like your take on the ABM after the honeymoon "I am so in love with you baby season." :)

    Don't know about "second best". What I do know is the Gibson ES335 is a very fine versatile guitar. I own an ES335 love it. I have played a few Panthers and liked them they feel similar to the ES335 but the tone totally different. They are two similar but very different animals. The Panther has that "Great Gretsch Sound" it does not have that "Great Gibson PAF or P90 Sound". The Gibson does not have the "Great Gretsch Sound".
    I may have no other choice but to get one. So, Tony when you sell your Panther contact me it would look good with my Gibson :) It's the right color.

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  18. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Well my friend, what took you so long?
    I believe Panthers are one of the finest Gretsch models made...IMHO. I've been trying other Gretsch guitars to add and I end up comparing all of them to my Panther.
    The Gretsch Panther platform is nothing short of amazing...far from being a one trick pony. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you keep it.
    ...and welcome to the Panthers
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  19. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013

    I definitely intend to, and do believe I will. This guitar already fits me like a glove. It just feels right. Tones, feel,'s all there, and in a very comfortable package. But you already know that. ;)
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  20. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Any flaws on your guitar (binding, frets, something else)?
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