Who takes off signature truss rod covers or pick guards ?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by rob batz, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

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    I’ve had a couple made by a local trophy shop. I leave the original with them as a sample. That’s worked well for me. Perhaps check to see if you have a place locally that makes things like lamacoid nameplates.
     
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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Why buy signature ?? " Signature gear " is ok if thats what you want . I tend to stay away from signature gear . I think once an artist name goes on any product , the price just skyrockets .
    but to be honest ... I do own a MXR " EVH " flanger pedal . I was set out to buy a flanger . This came along ( in a store ) . It was used , worked well , and was cheap to purchase
     
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  3. Tegzsa

    Tegzsa Electromatic

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    I read (somewhere) that Johnny Marr sands his own name off his signature guitars when he gets them.
     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    The only "signature" gear I own is a 1988 (or so) Peavey Generation III guitar, that became the Steve Cropper Signature. So, it's not a sig, but shows that the Colonel and I have similar tastes in Tele clones.
     
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  5. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

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    AD3866FB-3AD1-4958-9F3B-0DAC575F7AB7.jpeg I want to swap this to a blank...
     
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  6. rob batz

    rob batz Synchromatic

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  7. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

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    I have a Chet Atkins signature on my Gretsch 6120 which I don't really mind because I just bought it because it was a 6120 - but I really don't like Tommy Emmanuel signature Maton's which have a CGP inlay on them. CGP was only given to five guitarists by Chet (and one by his estate) and I don't think it's in good taste to own a guitar with that on it unless you are a CGP. Controversial I know lol.
     
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What about flipping it over ?
     
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  9. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

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    Thank you gentlemen!!! Making my day.. it’s been a bitter one...
     
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  10. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

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    If you flip it the beveled edge is down....
     
  11. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Gotcha .....
     
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  12. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

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  13. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

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    At least I’m not dealing with one of those fugly badges in the middle of the head stock... they just don’t look right to me..:
     
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  14. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

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    I have a real aversion to artist signatures being an indelible part of the instrument, but don’t mind it on truss rod covers, pickguards, etc. Chet’s name is welcome on any of my guitars. All five of my archtops are sig models, of a sort. All four Gretsch and my Guild T-400 is essentially a Duane Eddy model.
     
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  15. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    You could be right.

    I know in the strat world two guitars that rival the custom shop Strat’s are signature ones, Eric Clapton and Eric Johnson. Both come with stunning workmanship and their signature tone from that time in their career. I have the EC Strat, it is a wonderful guitar.
     
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  16. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    I guess Martin and Gretsch weren't known for their guitar playing. The only signatures I have are a Les Paul (i am not sure if i knew he was a guitar player when I got it) and an Albert Lee. For the Albert Lee, there simply isnt another guitar that looks like it at all. Unlike Setzer or Clapton, which tweak existing guitars, the Albert Lee is a whole redesign.
     
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  17. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My point was any / most " signature " guitars ( or any equipment for that matter ) the price jumps dramatically IMO . Martin guitars and Gretsch guitars included .

    ( For argument / discussion sake )
    Martin to me is the Company name : Example - Martin ( company) D-28 ( model ) lets say $2500 / Martin D-28 " Johnny Cash " signature model $4000 .....why ?
    Gibson is the company name : Example - Gibson ( company ) LesPaul ( model ) lets say $3000 / Gibson LesPaul " Jimmy Page " signature model $5000 ...why?
    Gretsch is the Company name : Example - Gretsch ( company ) 6120 Chet Atkins ( model ) lets say $2200 / Gretsch 2120 Chet Atkins " Brian Setzer " signature model $3700 .. why ?

    I kind of realized this to myself a number of years back when I saw at Guitar Center . An Eddie VanHalen ( identical specs to his Frankenstein guitar ) selling used for $17,000 . I remember it originally was a " limited run signature " of only 50 guitars just like the 50 " limited run signature " of the Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck Jimmy Page model . Both of these guitars I believe where made the same year and both sold new for $35,000 . What a loss on the EVH guitar , and remember , Guitar Center was selling it for a profit so they probably bought it from someone for $9000
    As I said , I did buy the EVH Flanger because it was used , cheap , in the store and I was out to purchase a flanger anyway at that time .... and it really doesn't do anything special for me either to be honest .. it's just a flanger
     
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  18. Jellicles

    Jellicles Electromatic

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    My Gretsches are not signature models, but I have removed the pick guards. I think they look better without, and are unnecessary due to the string height from body.
     
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  19. Tater

    Tater Electromatic

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Port Kent
    If I was a person willing to pay more for a signature model, I probably wouldn't remove the identifying parts. I am not one of those people. The only way I would pay extra for an instrument is if it were being customized for ME. And I wouldn't sign it because my signature isn't worth squat and would only devalue the instrument.
     
  20. Tater

    Tater Electromatic

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Port Kent
    Mine come and go. I prefer fingerpicking without an elevated pickguard.
     
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