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What song best represents the Gretsch sound to you?

Discussion in 'Songs in the key of Gretsch' started by Nobody, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. neighborscomplaint

    neighborscomplaint Electromatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Elgin, Illinois

    Of course early Beatles, Monkees (Last Train to Clarksville jangle fest) and Buffalo Springfield/Neil Young (pre-old black). Wooden Ships by CSNY I thought was quintessential Gretsch but turned our to be a Strat and a 335 ... boo.
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  2. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    I'm surprised there's only one mention of ACDC so far. Anyhoo - Gretsch doesn't only have one sound. We all know that. So maybe it's more a 'what is your favourite Gretsch sound?' type question. For me you can't get a better rhythm tone than Malcom Young in the Bon-Scott Era. But who am I to say? - I put P90s in mine lol.
  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    The "huge" part may be the issue. I'm an apartment dweller currently and can't get my amp running hot enough to sag. I could get the breakup pretty well by running my Two-Tone with the volume up and master down, but the lower volume didn't sound big enough.
  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    "That Great Gretsch Sound" covers a lot of area. Country, jazz, a wide range of rock, worship, blues and everything in between---sure can't narrow it down to one genre, much less one song.
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  5. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Not the song, but the genre attracted me to Gretsch. A Jet was not surprisingly my first Gretsch.
  6. gutbucket

    gutbucket Electromatic

    Dec 29, 2016
    Northern Illionois
    I've always heard Townsend used a 6120 Chet on most of the "Who's Next" album. "Won't Be Fooled Again" would be my iconic Gretsch song.
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  7. heinzman

    heinzman Gretschie

    I always end with this....

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  8. pinguim

    pinguim Electromatic

    Nov 4, 2016
    The many different renditions Setzer has recorded of it all sound different, yet totally Gretschy everytime...
  9. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Gretschie

    Jun 25, 2017
    Italy (Rome and Genoa)
    Very interesting discussion...

    I "feel" the Gretsch sound" (even if I know that sometimes they are originally played with other guitars) when I listen to:

    Duane Eddie - Rebel Rouser (sometimes was a Gretsch? sometimes was a Guild?)
    Eddie Cochran - Summertime blues and more...
    Brian Setzer - Stray cat strut and more...

    but also

    Chris Isaak - Wicked game (I know it's a Fender, but it twangs Gretschly...)
    Urge Overkill - Girl you'll be a woman soon (It's na Gretsch.!)
  10. Brutus Presley

    Brutus Presley Gretschie

    Jan 21, 2016
    Cruisin, a song with Cliff Gallup with his Duo Jet.
  11. Ando

    Ando Synchromatic

    Aug 7, 2013
    Great to see the ancient thread continuing!

    The above Coal Men song and clip as posted months ago by neighborscomplaint was actually the reason for me to finally buy a G6122-1962 (surprisingly not ol ' George or even John Squire), the sheer range of timbre that thing produces being so breathtaking.

    That all said, David Schelzel's G6118 (The Ocean Blue) going KERRRRRRANG w/a modulated reverb tail snagged me hard when I first heard this track in my first year of university though. That one opening chord was more than enough and still is the ideal Gretsch sound as heard in my little brain.

    And as for ambient cleans, Don Perris' G6120 DC work all over Innocence Mission's Glow is so sublime, compressed and nicely reverberated. I may be almost 45 now, but when I "grow up" I'd love to play with Don's lovely arpeggio/bigsby touch on my Gretshes.

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  12. guto

    guto Gretschie

    Oct 24, 2011
    Its a loooooog way to the top!
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  13. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
  14. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
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    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
  16. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Little dudes with BIG Gretsches rule!
  17. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    More Falcon goodness! I prolly posted all these before but we got so few that im postin em again. Enjoy
  18. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
  19. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    THAT is THE gretsch tone to die for imo as is anything by Setzer
  20. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Country Gent

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA