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    Saving Old Concert Ticket Stubs

    Remember the days when you actually got a physical concert ticket and not some scan code on your phone? Anyone else saved old concert ticket stubs? I have a stack of them. I had forgotten that I went to see some performers multiple times. Looking back I’m glad that I had the chance to see the...
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    Factory-Installed Grover Sta-Tites on some ‘57 6120s?

    What’s the story behind some ‘57 6120s with factory-installed Grover Sta-Tite tuners? Including Duane Eddy’s ‘57? Did many leave the factory this way (or very few) and why?
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    ‘57 Streamliner bare-bones HUSK? Worth?

    So, what’s a ‘57 Streamliner that’s been completely stripped to its bones really worth? From the 228xx batch. What would you do with this? I wouldn’t restore, but create something new and unique. But I wouldn't pay $1000 bucks for it...
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    Late 50s Chet Atkins signpost pickguard verification

    I know the pickguard on my ‘59 6120 is not original to the guitar. I was able to contact a previous owner and he said it was missing when he bought the guitar back in 1984. Someone else then added the current guard after he sold the guitar in ‘94. The pickup cutouts are obviously from a guitar...
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    Interesting ‘56 6120 on Reverb

    Has both “G” brand and hump block inlays. According to Ed Ball’s 6120 book, this is a “very rare confluence of features” from the 208xx batch. Seller says it has some non-original parts: pickups and pickguard. Although the bridge, Bigsby and one knob also appear to be non-original. Although...
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    Is this vintage Gretsch case from the 50s?

    This case is listed and advertised as a 16” inch wide 4” to 5” deep 1950s case for a 6120. Is it really from the 50s? Can anyone tell me about what time frame this case is from? And what does it mean when the badge says “Chicago” along with Brooklyn? Wouldn’t that be from the late 60s...
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    Melita bridge saddle replacements: do they exist?

    What can anyone tell me about vintage Melita bridge saddle replacements? Are there such a thing? Where they ever available? Are they currently available? What are they made out of? Plastic? Is this even possible? Why I ask: I dropped off my ‘57 Streamliner today at a highly skilled and trusted...
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    String spacing vintage Melita bridge, too wide?

    The string spacing on my vintage Melita bridge (57 Streamliner), seems to be about as wide as physically possible, making the E strings awfully close to the edge of the fretboard. Too close in my opinion, causing the E strings to sometimes roll off the ends of the frets if I’m not careful when...
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    Finally glad to be here . . .

    Hi all. Was a member on the “other” Gretsch forum, but it strangely disappeared and I haven’t been able to access it in weeks. Oh, well, I should’ve been here long ago, because I’m a huge vintage Gretsch fan. Used to play in a few bands years ago (1980s) when I was younger, rockabilly, surf...
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    "Premium" Price for Perfect (near mint) Vintage

    I get it that a vintage late 1950s Gretsch that is truly in near perfect (near mint) condition can fetch a premium price. But I'm wondering how much above the average used price for one that's all original and in typical excellent condition (some very minor wear or finish checking, one that been...


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