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Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Les Pedals, Apr 30, 2017.
Traded my Gibby 135 for this....then joined GT
Mine was a Cherry Blossom 5422 that I liked a lot but did trade for the Panther I use now.
You all look so THIN! Very jealous!
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!
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.
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!
5120 with Compton and Vineham "RockaBilly" pickups
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.
A '65 Country Gentleman, modeled by a young me and my beautiful Kentucky waterfall.
I bought this in 1966 hoping to play in a R&B band but it never worked out. Still have it tho.
Lovely guitar, great that you still have it!
That is Spectacular, Lee!
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.
My first, and so far, only Gretsch. An '09 5120 with Compton stainless steel bridge and bone nut.
My Gretsch 5120 and case resized by Mark Turner, on Flickr
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!
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
First was '58 Sparkle Jet I got from Ernie Ball in '69 or '70.
My beloved G5435 Pro Jet next to it's adopted sibling, a Schecter T S/H-1