Soooo!! Would you trade a Caddie Green CC for a Malcolm Young??

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by Moleng1, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA

    In Herman Wouk's novel, The Caine Mutiny, we follow young Willie Keith as he comes of age in WWII. At the start of the story, he is a minimally talented club piano player. His audience-favorite song is a novelty piece he wrote called, "If You Knew What the Gnu Knew."

    It's a great read.
  2. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    If they included the missing parts (pickups, switches, etc) it might be worth it. Otherwise, NO.
  3. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    There have been several MY models.

    The most expensive is the limited edition Custom Shop, $10000 salute.

    The recent one is a $2700 signature.

    There were the MYI and MYII in red and natural, which didn’t have all the holes.




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  4. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    yes very important. I'm no expert on this and there's a swedish member here who is but I've not seen him post for over 1 yr now. But I know the basics and am a member of this Facebook group of musicians devoted to Malcolm's Jet

    Gretsch have made several Malcolm versions over 20 yrs that vary in authenticity to Malcolm's actual mod'ed double cut Jet. Some they have called Malcolm sig's were not actually close at all to Malcolm's actual. They've made Electromatics, prolines and custom shop guitars all alleging to be Malcolm's. Plus there's many attempted clones and double cut Jets around that people have mod'ed in various ways to make a Malcolm.

    Malcolm actually stripped down a red double cut Jet to a single pup, natural finish crunch axe. He changed the bridge and tail piece and left holes in it cos Malcolm was only concerned with the ultimate tone. He left the showmanship to Angus, Bon and Brian. In doing so he created his own legend of the no frills, no compromising, straight up, no BS rock star.

    So a real authentic Malcolm is one as close as possible to his actual.
    It's a mine field unless you're a Malcolm expert but that facebook group advises that this new Malcolm Gretsch is pretty good but still not correct.

    Stephen Stern at gretsch custom shop also made his G6131MY-CS Custom Shop Malcolm Young “Salute” Jet. This

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    So both of these Malcolm's are good I'm told and both are now collectors items that will likely increase in value as the Malcolm legend expands.
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  5. Fabricio

    Fabricio Gretschie

    Jul 23, 2013
    Even the MYI and II can be separated between pre-Fender and post-Fender I think. I wouldn't exchange my 1996 MY II flame top for any other guitar in the world except for Malcolm´s original guitar of course :). I use 12's strings and I recently bought a 50w Marshall's JCM 900 cube. This is the perfect kit for me, as I play with an AC/DC cover band down here in Rio.
  6. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Nothing against MY, but at this point, with him more or less permanently incapacitated, his legend is more likely to shrink than expand with the passage of time. That's just life and celebritydom.
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  7. DuoTron

    DuoTron Electromatic

    Feb 4, 2020
    Well. I love the look of Mal’s guitars so I’d take it all the way. I love the snotty sound of a hollow, single pickup Jet with a gaping neck (pickup) hole. :D
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