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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Jockabilly, Nov 3, 2018.
It sure seems there is a lot of Panther love. Is there a similar current production Gretsch?
If you can't wrap your thumb over the neck in the cutaway, then a double cut is irrelevant.
I played Yamaha SGs for years - basically a double cut Les Paul. There's the myth/perception that the upper fret access is better, because of the double cutaway, but it isn't. The heel gets in the way just as much as on a Les Paul.
That begs the question, do any of the double cut hollow bodies have the short heel like the Broadway Jade Penguin?
Those CB models don't even come close to a resonator banjo. They aren't bad at all really, you should check one out, the green one i tried was lovely in every way.
My Epi Sheraton is a bit heavy and i actually use a thick padded banjo strap with it.
If God wanted me to have access to the upper frets he would have given me the talent to know what to do up there!
Not quite as high as the Penguin which joins at looks like the 20th, but the 5622T joins at the 18th and has a short heel. It's also a CB so is thinner.
Not that it matters much to me, I noticed a couple days ago the smooth wear marks settling in under the Bm pent. around the 7th...
The 6122Jr might.
The Players Edition Broadkaster models are the closest i believe.
Then there is the G6620TFM Nashville Players Edition.
My Panther has the short heel, that's why the access is so good:
That TFM Nashville!!!!
They look good and would have looked great if they arched or had a bit more neck angle and a different Bigsby. I really don’t care for this type of Bigsby. I am under the impression I am not alone on this.
Exactly, because it has a short neck joint, not the historic long neck joint as most Jets and Penguins, which plain sucks
But also my Panther has a much better high fret access as my Falcon.
And regarding the center block ...the Panther and the newer G5622 have a hollow CB, so the added weight is minimal.
If you‘re patient enough, I would recommend to check Reverb regularly until you find such an offer again:
Nothing beats a Panther ... and the Broadkaster was a very bad idea from a successor point of view!
PS: Check this out
Too cool with that Caddy tailpiece.
Not a B5-7 hater, they work fine for me. I dig the new Broadkaster's, and Panthers and 5622's and 5422's and 5122's and......
Now...THAT almost makes me want to buy another Gretsch.
I know how a single cutaway helps playing on the dusty end of the neck. I don't see how a 2nd cutaway on the opposite side can help any more.
MMMMMM! Only on a Gretsch does gold hardware ever look good, but man, it looks good.
Personally I don’t think a double cut does it just so happens with the double cut they have at times implemented a short neck join which helps a lot.
Well I suppose the expectation (which may not be realised) is that you maintain the look and balance of the big body but, at the same time you can get a little farther up the neck without the need to reach around and remove your thumb from the upper back side of the neck which means you retain the leverage for bends etc. Personally I believe that it's my thumb that tells my brain where my fingers are at and I rarely look at the fretboard/neck markers while I play but, if I have to shift the positioning of my thumb I lose that sense of where the old fingers are.