What are your thoughts on the new Rat Rods?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by 33Jayman, Jan 26, 2020.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    The pups and the pickguard and the Rat Rod idea...sold me. I have never really considered an Electromatic...was ready to buy a Proline again, until I saw these and had to have one. Thanks to @EdwardsKim it was made possible:cool::);)
     
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  2. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    tavo and buick.jpg Not sure why they are marketed as Rat Rods... speaking as a former Rat Rod owner.
     
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  3. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    It’s just the color scheme and satin finish visually match it.

    I particularly like the white with black binding thing, followed by the black guitar. They should’ve put the red pickguard on all three though. Speaking of, the red guard reminds me of and looks to be the same color as...

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    Nick 13’s signature guitar. Hopefully someone here bought one the 13 made. I’d love to see their NGD pictures.
     
  4. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Age:
    66
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    I’ve never seen one other than a picture. Based on that alone, they don’t do it for me. Just MHO
     
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  5. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    now thats a guitar!!!! ehole' mami!!!
     
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  6. 33Jayman

    33Jayman Electromatic

    47
    Mar 31, 2018
    Marne, Michigan
    That is one bad sob of a guitar! I like the white on the pups. Looks killer.

    Jay
     
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  7. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Gretschie

    Age:
    66
    413
    Feb 11, 2013
    Canada
    I picture a Rat Rod to have a heavy relic finish and all metal parts having so much rust it comes with a free tetanus shot. LOL!
     
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  8. MyGirlGretta

    MyGirlGretta Electromatic

    68
    Jul 23, 2012
    ca
    Love em'! Totally gonna get one.
     
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  9. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    That’s how I picture most Rat Rod cars. I’m wondering how fast these satin finishes wear. They could start looking more the part as they’re played. Or even a bit Rancid after road use.

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  10. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I love relic'd guitars....I am hoping the RR's will wear quicker...I still think they should have done more of the Hot Rod type wiring and controls...1 toggle...1 volume...and my personal preference of a G tail...just to keep it streamlined and simple
     
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  11. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    On a side note....How in the heck does a guitar get naturally relic'd like that....does TA sweat acetone?
     
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  12. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    My guess is it’s a combination of a thin Nitro finish, and the fact he’s a lefty who slings it low. I’m not sure if he’s worn rings or bracelets in the past.
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  13. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Age:
    46
    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    I preordered one should ship in late feb.
     
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  14. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Age:
    46
    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    The rats are starting to pop up on instagram....it's make me anxious for my shipped email
     
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  15. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    In an other thread somebody (Ricochet?) found out it's been a natural guitar that has been spray-paintad black - you can see that the knobs have been left on while painting and have been removed later. The spray-paint has worn off rather quickly.
     
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  16. 33Jayman

    33Jayman Electromatic

    47
    Mar 31, 2018
    Marne, Michigan
    Found another video. In there they guy says that the back of the neck has a matte finish. Awesome!

     
  17. 33Jayman

    33Jayman Electromatic

    47
    Mar 31, 2018
    Marne, Michigan
    Here is another review.

     
  18. 33Jayman

    33Jayman Electromatic

    47
    Mar 31, 2018
    Marne, Michigan
    That Matte Black version is killer! I better start selling some stuff!

    Jayman
     
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  19. G DynaTron

    G DynaTron Synchromatic

    830
    Dec 7, 2015
    France
    The grey one looks cool
     
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  20. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Electromatic

    13
    Jan 22, 2019
    Colorado
    I think these Rat Rods look really cool. I'm in the market for something to commemorate 4 years of sobriety and am really considering this or a 5420T. Problem is that I have a 5439T Pro Jet with the same pickups. I'm not sure how truly different the Rat Rod or the 5420 would sound.

    But damn, the Rat Rods are groovy.
     
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