Your First Gretsch

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Les Pedals, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC

    Traded my Gibby 135 for this....then joined GT
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  2. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Mine was a Cherry Blossom 5422 that I liked a lot but did trade for the Panther I use now.
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  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    You all look so THIN! Very jealous! :p
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  4. ronbo

    ronbo Gretschie

    Feb 28, 2012
    Broomfield, Colorado
    My first was a '73 Tennessean, purchased in 1981. Didn't really know what I had and traded it for a Rickenbacker 4001 bass in '83...needed that to become a rock & roll star, which never happened. ;)

    Bought a 2005 Tennessean a couple of years ago, because I still missed it after all those years...something about those Hilotrons that gets me... and it ain't leaving again!
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  5. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    I came to Gretsch late. Never was attracted to them, though I listened to and admired several artists who played them.

    The switch got flipped by the Duffy Falcon. Fortunately, it flipped in a time when I had money, because there were no used ones available. I did manage to find a scratch'n'dent (teensy little scratch on the Bigsby. No dents) that I picked up at a satisfactory discount.

    Fast forward 5 years. Still love it, along with the one I bought because I love the Duffy (6121-FTW). When my wife and I moved to our temporary digs (while we get one house sold and another built), I could bring 3 (out of 14) electrics. Both the Gretches made the cut.


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  6. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    After chasing vintage Gretsches for decades with no luck, here's my first. '98 DEO with a few mods that were done over the years.

    Gone, but not forgotten ..................she's in a good place now! :)

  7. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    5120 with Compton and Vineham "RockaBilly" pickups

  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    1965/66 6120 ,The first Gretsch i ever bought when i was 17 ,bought in April 1988, I think i had it paid off in full around August the same year, with a lot of help from my parents and grand parents ,who were all paid back in full too.
    As you can see i still own it to this day,it'll be 30 years together next year.:cool::cool:
  9. afire

    afire Country Gent

    A '65 Country Gentleman, modeled by a young me and my beautiful Kentucky waterfall.
  10. Lee Erickson

    Lee Erickson Country Gent

    Apr 20, 2009
    Eagan, MN

    I bought this in 1966 hoping to play in a R&B band but it never worked out. Still have it tho.

  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Lovely guitar, great that you still have it!
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    That is Spectacular, Lee!
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  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    First owner? :)
  14. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2008
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  15. afire

    afire Country Gent

    I got it in 1991 when I was 15, IIRC. And I thought it as so cool that my guitar was 26 years old! That was 26 years ago and somehow a 1991 guitar doesn't feel so steeped in history as a 1965 guitar did to me in 1991.

    Speaking of the first owner, supposedly he was killed in Vietnam and it had been "under the bed" since. Maybe that's true (and it certainly was nice and clean), but in retrospect, I have a sneaking suspicion that may have been the first time I was fed a BS one-owner story about a vintage guitar.
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  16. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
  17. BuddyHollywood

    BuddyHollywood Gretschie

    Sep 11, 2009
    Venice, CA
    My first Gretsch was given to me by a co-worker friend who said it was sitting in his garage for over a decade. It is a 1968 Gretsch Corvette and when he gave it to me it wasn't playable. At the time I didn't even know Gretsch made a true solid body guitar so I had to research what it was. There were no electronics and it was finished in a 1970's looking coffee table type varnish. The neck feels great but the fretboard was full of divots. I made the decision to spend the money to fix it up when I learned that the HiLotrons were original and working. I had a luthier friend work on it to get it back up and running. We came up with a Gibson-ish control layout to get the toggle switch out of the Bigsby's way. I then shipped it to Curt at Old School Guitars in New Jersey for the purple Setzer style Hotrod nitrocellulose finish. I'm planning on giving it to my 8 year old daughter when she is older if she learns how to play guitar which right now it sounds like she wants to learn. Even though I love the guitar and it sounds great, there is just something extremely cool about girls rocking Corvettes!

  18. LongJohn

    LongJohn Synchromatic

    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    My first Gretsch was an Orange 5120 that I enjoyed for a few years and wanted to upgrade. After pricing out the parts and labor and coming across a N.O.S. 6120DE (also Orange) I went home with a new Orange guitar.
    <--- that one in the photo
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  19. sixtyonetwentyguy

    sixtyonetwentyguy Electromatic

    Jul 3, 2017
    First was '58 Sparkle Jet I got from Ernie Ball in '69 or '70.
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  20. Scarabeus

    Scarabeus Gretschie

    May 17, 2014
    My beloved G5435 Pro Jet next to it's adopted sibling, a Schecter T S/H-1

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