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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by TSims1, Mar 19, 2017.
So just to clarify.......nobody here has actually tried a Broadkaster?
Well, they are made in the USA. AlNiCo 5 in the neck pickup and AlNiCo 2 at the bridge.
Supposed to be hotter but not muddy at all.
I have to admit, except for the tension bar Bigsby, the thin body, less angled neck, locking tuners, treble bleed, no load tone pot all appeal to me.
Not a fan of the tension bar. Also don't like treble bleeds. Less angled neck doesn't matter to me. No load tone pot is cool.
There's a 'detent' at the end of the tone pot rotation that takes it out of the circuit altogether.
This is the only real sound sample I can find. Not a whole lot of use.
To each his own
No I never said anyone here did say Broadkaster is superior and otherwise we appear to be in total agreement
Well we can only hope that Gretsch retains the Panther.
I'm personally a lot more likely to buy one than a Broadkaster.
I like the Panther pick guard too
They sound pretty good, of course Greg makes any guitar sound great. I love the red flame maple one he's playing that looks like it comes without a pick guard, I always take them off anyway. Still the only negative I see is that damn tension roller bigsby. I wonder why that's the one they use? After seeing this video I'd like to really try out/own one. I'd definitely have to do something about the bigsby probably get a bigsby fix for it.
This video shows a broadkaster jr model that I kind of like
The use of tension bar Bigsbys on the Broadkasters is a deal-breaker for me. I just can't stand them.
I agree they make the bigsby useless
And that's the reason, why these models will be a flop ... most experienced Gretsch players don't like this Bigsby. And the models without Bigsby ... this tailpiece is plain ugly, sorry.
But time will tell, if I'm wrong.
The bigsby fix actually makes the bigsby more lively and usable
I agree tension bars are a problem on bigsbys.
Look at the tension bar on my SG Deluxe - this bigsby has never worked well cos the break angle is too severe. I've done all kinds of things to fix it over the years & can only get it to just ok.
But if you replace it with a new bigsby minus tension bar you're left with 2 drill holes showing then. And then on my SG the 2 bottom holes don't match up exactly with a new bigsby either so I'd be left with 3 holes showing soooooo - I just gave up on it.
Fantastic SG otherwise
@TSims1 fulltrons are like powertrons but w more top end, per Gretsch.. Gretsch is going full boar after the ES335 market and younger generation.. The tension bar is a must, not because of the set post bridge but the lower less pitched neck for faster, more rock based playing. The Panther is merely a double cut version of the 6120 w a center block, perfect for those used to playing a gretsch guitar w its floating bridge and bigsby set up, but too foreign to the gibby kids. I like the Broadcaster spec'd appointments and since I'm not a double cutaway type, the Jr is really tempting.
Revolt against the Tension Bars:
ok thanks TV.
Not being a Powerton fan I'm not interested in fulltrons then.
I'm a high gain rock player and TVJ Classic/Classic Plus combo has plenty enough output for me while still retaining great clarity, super versatility & twang.
The gibby kids can have the Broadkaster - give me a Panther plz