the Grigsby™ guitar is finished!

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by TV the Wired Turtle, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    here's a couple of pictures and a general explanation about my latest guitar build.
    the Grigsby™


    or you could just visit my Blog for the lengthy spiel about it from a 3 part series I posted.

    but this is to point here. The Grigsby is
    inspired by Deke Dickerson educating me on both PA Bigsby guitars and Jim Harvey Guitars ( a contemporary of sorts and friend of Bigsby). I really liked the
    feel of the Jack Parsons Bigsby guitar although its a big hollow flat top and mine is much more of the Jim Harvey guitar vibe body with the Gretsch roundup shape,_Mosrite,_Museum_of_Making_Music.jpg

    And the new journey I've been on with TK Smith guitar equipment.
    Really though its an ode to the Father of the Electric guitar, who is unsung while Les Paul and Leo Fender capitalized on his designs. Taking that and my concrete foundational love for all things Gretsch, this guitar had to come to life.

    The Grigsby™ is a mash up of a TK Smith take on Paul Bigsby's headstock and 40s epiphone neck shape. A mix of walnut and maple laminated with rosewood fretboard and MOP inlay.
    the body is from a template of a 54' Gretsch Roundup even though I chose a flat top 3/8" cap of Birdseye maple on sugarpine. Marc Rutters cut this for me and finished it in a slightly tinted nitro finish.
    Pickups are TK Smiths CCII. The bridge is a stainless steel Tru-Arc that Tim made me for a bigsby Sorkin base.
    Because I chose to have the pickups flush mounted from the back, they can only rise up from the top so high and thus a Bigsby B-7 had to be used even with the slant neck pocket to get a proper bridge angle. ..and yes I like bolt on neck guitars, I grew up with a Fender Coronado and Airline T & C, sue me.
    She's strung up with Thomastik 10g jazz Flats and all pots are 300K with a Sprague tone cap and polystyrene cap on the MV for treble bleed. The knobs are
    cupcake chrome knurled but will change when I locate chrome arrow knobs. I made the pickguard from Garolite (phenolic/bakelite) and lacquered it to death.


  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
  3. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    damn, that can't have been cheap.

    Nice one Tavo.

  4. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    Amazing!! What would you estimate for the hours you put into this?
  5. johsonrod

    johsonrod Country Gent

    Apr 14, 2010
  6. chairman

    chairman Gretschie

    Jul 9, 2014
    St. Louis Mo.
    That is gawgus :) Ill bet it sounds even better than it looks.
  7. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Amazing guitar, Tavo!
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Beautiful Tavo . Now please get it up off the floor...........
  9. getbent

    getbent Super Moderator

    Jun 1, 2008
    sunny california
    that is a great looking guitar... I drooled over the bigsby replicas a few years ago... just really cool..

    Paul lived around the corner from my grandma.. she was the neighborhood piano teacher...
  10. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Stunning guitar, TV! I love the wood grain and the block inlays on the neck.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2014
  11. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
  12. trlobdell92

    trlobdell92 Gretschie

    Oct 6, 2014
    Cleveland, OH
    Love it!!! Especially the use of CC pickups, they just look so classy!
  13. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Jun 4, 2008
    Ventura, CA
    Can we hear it, or is it just a pretty face? ;)
  14. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats brother. An interesting and well thought out project.
  15. Rodney Gene

    Rodney Gene Synchromatic

    Mar 30, 2014
    Austin Texas
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    Smokin...' brother T! Man O Molly! Congrats bro, you deserve it!!


  16. JimmyB1982

    JimmyB1982 Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2012
    Saugus, CA
    That guitar has got me droolin and my wheels turnin like no other man!! Thanks for posting the blog too! It was a great read and a really cool insight into these recent builds and the journey :)

    Just one question, when is the next Tavo and the Flat Black Thrillers album comin out? I'm excited to hear how the music has evolved along with these guitars! :D
  17. Ando

    Ando Synchromatic

    Aug 7, 2013
    A wonderful story of some very specific components/shapes and such fantastic result! I'm sure it'll get plenty of twangy mileage in the coming decades.


  18. DrumBob

    DrumBob Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    So classy, Tavo. I love it, and may I also extend my sympathies to you and the family.
  19. Outlaw

    Outlaw Gretschie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Very very nice
  20. TC6119

    TC6119 Country Gent

    Feb 10, 2013
    Iceberg Alley
    Now I understand why you sold that beautiful red one you had...
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