Tried my First Ever Gretsch!

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Camuel, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Camuel

    Camuel Electromatic

    Mar 2, 2019
    As some of you know, I'm smitten by the White Falcon. I'd never actually seen one on person, let along play one, until last Saturday. I went to the mainland with my daughter to get her a surprise birthday present and thought, since I was on the big bad mainland, I'd just pop into the local guitar shop on the way past. And, would you believe it, they had a used White Falcon hanging right by the door. "It's a sign", thought I!

    The shop guy said it was a 2003 model that he was selling on commission, but on checking the serial number it turns out to be a 2006 model. It's in really good condition, with only a bit of tarnishing on the tremolo bar and a minor ding on the top that hasn't even broken through the lacquer (or whatever the top coating is).

    So, what did I learn? Well, firstly, it fits. I found it very comfortable to play seated and didn't feel that the deep body was a problem. Well, I'm an acoustic player and am used to my dread and my SJ and I've also owned a Gibson SJ so I'm used to big guitars.

    Secondly, it suits me. I tried it through a nice Blackstar amp and enjoyed the tones I was getting, although to be fair, I'm not used to electric guitar at all and so I don't really have a personal point of reference other than recordings and videos I've heard.

    Thirdly, I still don't like the neo classical inlay and, having never had a Bigsby before, I'm not sure that that really is a deal breaker. So, for that reason, I feel that I'm pretty close to the final decision of the 55 model with the Cadillac tailpiece. The used guitar was going for £2800 which seemed fair, although I've since found the same model / year for £2400 on another site -- not sure of the condition though.

    If I fall in love with the 55 as I hope that I would, I can always swap out the tailpiece for a Bigsby or swap out the pickups if I ever felt that I wanted to, but I couldn't add inlay or change the headstock -- I also LOVE the vertical logo that's on the 55.

    Would it be Filter'Trons that were on this 2006 model?

    Exciting times!







  2. MKunie

    MKunie Synchromatic

    Feb 8, 2012
    I would buy it! But I did a pounds to dollars and I see $3661.57! if I am right with that, and the condition,, No it is too expensive. Personally I would be around 2000-2500 usd for that. at the most. It is surely a beautiful beast!
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  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Yeah, that does seem a bit steep.
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Tuff decision . It looks really nice when it's on your lap and you're playing it , but the price does seem steep . I would wait on it and keep looking around .
    It is a beautiful guitar
  5. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Looks like you could clean up that bigsgy handle and I suggest you get a Gretsch with one.
    Once you learn how to use it you'll value it highly.

    Yes they are Gretsch HS Filtertrons in it and filters are my fav pick ups in any Gretsch.

    Price does seem a little high but gotta remember these are Scotland prices and it maybe fair there.

    USA is the cheapest place in world to buy electric guitars.
    I mostly buy them in US and import to Aust but the customs duty in UK is much higher so may not be as attractive there.
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Looks really good on you. You should consider buying one.:)
    To be serious: These are the alpha males among rock`n roll hollows. I would love to own one myself if I could only afford it.
  7. dafreeze

    dafreeze Friend of Fred

    Perfect fit. Seen a Country Club?
  8. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Synchromatic

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    It's a bute!!!! For many it's a dream guitar. I love my Electromatic. But that beautiful guitar you are considering is a demi god of Gretsch guitars. Good luck deciding.
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  9. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    Very cool! I really want to go play one just to see if it would work for me, but at least now that you have, you can keep your eyes open for one that is a good deal.
  10. afire

    afire Country Gent

    That's probably not going to happen in Scotland. But I agree, even considering that, £2800 seems a little high to me. But I could be totally wrong.

    Yes. But if prefer everything else about the '55 and go with it and later find you prefer the FilterTron, there's an easy solution. TV Jones makes FilterTrons in DeArmond casings (which is actually what the very first FilterTrons were). So you can swap to FilterTrons with no routing or drilling required.

  11. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Class geet,but that one is expensive,you can do better .

    I wouldn't mind adding one of these 6136T's,or the 59VS, to my small avian collection someday.
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  12. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    That’s a lovely looking Falcon but maybe a touch overpriced?
    I paid £1800 for my 2005 Falcon 18 months ago.. F5243216-5664-4EEF-897A-EB79645C5FCB.png
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  13. Camuel

    Camuel Electromatic

    Mar 2, 2019
    That's a way better price! Love the decals too.

    I'll just tease you all by saying that I've just placed an order for a new Falcon, but which one? And for how much? I think I got a pretty good deal, but it's a couple of weeks out. Let the waiting commence!
  14. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

    Oct 10, 2018
    Falcon addict here.

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  15. TeeDub

    TeeDub Synchromatic

    Jun 21, 2011
    What a beautiful instrument! I wouldn't change a thing. Embrace the neoclassical inlay! Does seem to be at the high end of the price range. I see these offered on Craigslist between $2300 and $2800 when they come up.
  16. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I'm guessing this one. g6136-55-vintage-selec

    I love Single coils but don't have a Gretsch with them the HS Filters are very good at not being PAF's. Ideally, mine would have no inlay on the board a Bigsby Single coils and a mud switch no tone pot. Since you stated you did not like the neo fretboard and loved the Verticle logo, I think this is it and I hope you get surprised and it shows up much much sooner! unless of course, you have a favorite color you haven't told us? There are Black Falcons and Blue Falcons and even a Silver Falcons which confused me because they are black but have nickel or chrome fittings.
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  17. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Synchromatic

    Mar 20, 2010
    I agree with many others in that it is a beautiful guitar, but the price is too high. It is likely that most of the white or black Falcons will have the gold rubbed off the handle and at the top of the saddle. Some will have the finish worn off the Bigsby casting as well as the one you played. The parts are easily replaceable, but they are not cheap. For £2800, I would expect that gold plating will be at 80%. In the US, those parts will cost about £230, assuming that you will be removing the old parts and assembling the new parts.

    Congratulations on narrowing down your search, I am sure that you will find a deal, now that you know more about the condition/price. Good Luck my friend.
  18. Camuel

    Camuel Electromatic

    Mar 2, 2019
    That's a really good guess. That's all I'm sayin' for now!
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  19. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish many kidneys you still got?
  20. Seamus

    Seamus Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2011
    New England
    To confuse matters even more, don't forget the Setzer Black Phoenix -- a Silver Falcon, but with some upgrades in the pickup and other departments, and only a pickup selector and volume. I thought for sure I really needed a tone knob or switch. Now, several years into owning a Phoenix, I'm gonna add a single tone capacitor. Great members of the Falcon Club. (Which was, I kid you not, the name of the neighborhood club/harmless gang I was in as a 9-year-old.)
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