Vintage Gretsch with Bolt-on Neck?

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by 6124Bassman, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

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    So today I discovered a 7555 clipper, which I didn’t know existed until now.

    I saw a few Reverb listings and on one I noticed that it looks to have a bolt-on neck. Did all of these models come like that? Or was this one a modification?


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  2. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    That's not a bolt-on neck.

    That model is equipped with a Burns-Baldwin gearbox truss rod. What you are seeing is the access cover for the adjustment mechanism. The neck itself is a standard set neck.
     
  3. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

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    Thank you!

    I was going to say wow that looks like a flimsy way to bolt on the neck o_O
     
  4. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    A word of caution... If you buy one of these Baldwin-era models with this type of truss rod, make sure that it comes with the special tool required for making adjustments. A replacement tool can be purchased, but they usually run around $50 and they are not easy to procure.
     
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  5. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Just for laughs .. my friends uncle found this Clipper in the garbage about 25-30 years ago . He knew my friend always wanted to learn learn guitar and picked it out of the garbage and gave it to him . My buddy still hasn't learned to play .... I offered him $100 for it .... you know how far that went :p Too much sentimental value towards his late uncle
     

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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Every guitar comes with a case too ............... :p
     

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  7. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    That's a late-'59-early '60 model... Identified by the white "transitional" pickup. It was only used on a few batches between the last of the Dynasonics and the first of the HiLoTrons.
     
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  8. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Looks like a literal soap bar pickup.
     
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  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    ...but does it have a jack plate?
     
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  10. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Thanks , I will let him know
     
  11. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

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    Definitely awesome guitars! How do those soap bar pickups sound?

    My clipper (‘64) has a HiLo
     

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  12. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    As I said bassman it was my buddys guitar he showed . Sorry , never did get to plug in ....
     
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  13. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    I really like the one in mine (sold as a '59):
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    (apparently I didn't get around to taking pics after I got the strings back on post cleanup... :oops:)

    Has a kinda similar vibe to the moustache pickups in my Harmony H-82 to my ears but a bit lower output and a bit beefier.
     
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  14. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    This one used to be mine.
    Phenomenal neck and that great transitional soapbar.
     
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  15. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

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    Such great guitars for being the low end vintage Gretsch line!
     
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  16. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Indeed.
     
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  17. mcourter

    mcourter Newbie

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    any idea where to procure?
     
  18. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    This is the only place I know of to purchase a genuine "new" one--

    http://www.burnsguitars.com/accessories.php

    However, it's essentially a reverse-slotted T-handle screwdriver/wrench... basically a rod with a deep notch in it-- so it's possible to make your own if you have access to a grinder or cutting wheel and some steel or aluminum rod. You may even be able to convert an existing nut driver socket if you can find the correct size socket.

    More info and a photo in this old post of mine from 2016:
    http://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/looking-for-serial-info.148479/#post-824503
     
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