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  1. tartanphantom

    Gretsch production moving back to the US?

    True, but all the quality in the world won't save you if you out-price your target market.
  2. tartanphantom

    If you could only have one....

    Nope. That's why it's just better to save your money, fight instant gratification and go "large" at the end of it.
  3. tartanphantom

    If you could only have one....

    No question-- If I could only own ONE sub-$1000 Gretsch electric (I'm assuming you're talking electrics), it would be a Corvette/CVT. It's probably the 3rd-most gigged electric guitar in my stable. A properly set-up Corvette is the real deal, and is still under-priced in my opinion.
  4. tartanphantom

    Gretsch Bass Guitars

    Don't forget Sam Ash, they're on that side of town too, and they carry Gretsch. I haven't been to Corner since Aug-Sept, but they did have a 5442 back then, hoping for you that they still have one.
  5. tartanphantom

    Gretsch Bass Guitars

    C'mon-- it's not that far from BG to Nashville. I used to drive to Greenwood Spirits Shop and bootleg rare import beers all the time because they had a killer selection (for my own personal use, not for re-sale, of course). It's 140-150 miles round-trip tops... and Corner music is on the north...
  6. tartanphantom

    Gretsch Bass Guitars

    The 5442 playing scale may be "short", but they feel and sound like long-scale basses. The G2220 does feel like a short scale. However, you'll have to buy long-scale strings to string the 5442, which gives them a slinkier feel due to the extra string length between the bridge & tailpiece. I...
  7. tartanphantom

    Playing your electrics unplugged...

    It's extremely rare for me to play an electric unplugged. That's what acoustics are for, and I have several of those at hand. In fact, I tend to do 80% of my songwriting on acoustic (electric tunes included).
  8. tartanphantom

    I'm Hesitant to Post This ...

    Say what you will, but Tiny Tim was a virtual encyclopedia of early 20th century (jazz age and pre-jazz age) music. I'd go so far as to say he knew a heck of a lot more about American musicology than any R&R HOF Board members ever dreamed of.
  9. tartanphantom

    I'm Hesitant to Post This ...

    Maybe they should rename it "Jann Wenner's Own Personal Cool Kids Club". And yes, I know he "stepped down" in 2019, but you can't seriously tell me that he doesn't still have influence over the choices.
  10. tartanphantom

    Are Solid Body Guitars a must have???

    Solid Body guitars aren't necessary, but I can't imagine going through life without at least one Telecaster.
  11. tartanphantom

    Toggle Washers

    Just don't get one that says "Rhythm/Method" or else they will multiply in your parts box overnight.
  12. tartanphantom

    '59 6121 Solidbody

    Ed King played my 6130 Knotty Pine reissue... and I'm still no better for it.
  13. tartanphantom

    Why Buy This Instead of a Jet w/ Dynas?

    You're comparing a hand-built Collings to a production-line Jet? Compare it to a Custom Shop Jet and you'll why it's priced the way it is. A custom shop Gretsch Jet will be in that same price neighborhood, give or take $1000 depending on features and specs. Keep in mind that you're also paying...
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  15. tartanphantom

    Chapped skin dry beard etc

    This is what I use on my whiskers (moustache uses completely separate products for obvious reasons), and I'm pretty darn resistant to change. The wife likes it better than anything else I've ever used, and that's an authority you can't argue with. No olive oil in it, but a wholebunch of other...
  16. tartanphantom

    I Can't Tell You Why, Eagles 1978

    Nice Job! Love this tune. You're hitting all the falsetto notes that I can't even come close on... On the other hand, if you ever need someone to sing a Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen tune, I'm your man! My voice lives well into the mid-low baritone register.😂 Nevertheless, all my favorite...
  17. tartanphantom

    Gretsch Historic Series G3151 Serial Number ??

    Yes, it's likely that you wouldn't be able to read the original number underneath. Even so, these guitars were only made from 1999 to 2002, and since yours was refurbished, odds are it was classified as a discontinued model. I'd place a wager that yours is from the last year of production.
  18. tartanphantom

    The $1600 Electromatic...

    The Tim Armstrong model debuted in 2010 and the initial MSRP was $1650, which translates to an average initial street price of $1150 at the time. Don't know if it is still made in Korea, but comparing to the initial price over 10 years ago, the price hasn't gone up that much.
  19. tartanphantom

    White Falcon Rancher 6 string

    @thunder58 is correct. The WF Rancher requires a Jumbo case.
  20. tartanphantom

    Gretsch Historic Series G3151 Serial Number ??

    No, this s/n simply indicates that this guitar was refurbished, most likely by MIRC. These guitars are usually ones that have some sort of minor cosmetic damage or other issue, or are possibly discontinued, which was the case with the Historic series. MIRC buys them from the manufacturer as...
  21. tartanphantom

    White Falcon Rancher Acoustic/Electric String Gauge?

    While I don't have a WF version, I do have an earlier Gretsch Jumbo. I've used the D'Addario EJ19 Bluegrass Hybrid set exclusively for 15 years. The B and high E strings are the same as the EJ16 set, but the wound strings are a slightly heavier, giving it a little more mid-low punch when...
  22. tartanphantom

    Gretsch Historic Series G3151 Serial Number ??

    Also, some of the Historic models will also have a "GP" prefix on the serial number... This is a precursor to the "KP" prefix, and denotes the Peerless factory, where they were all built, regardless of year.
  23. tartanphantom

    Gretsch 1970 Super Chet

    Will one of these work? I'm not sure of the pin config on the back of the pickguard. https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/bourns-inc/3352H-1-504LF/1060437 https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/bourns-inc/3352W-1-504LF/1088365...
  24. tartanphantom

    Help - Can't find the exact Electromatic model

    The mini-humbuckers in the early Pro Jets sound dramatically different from any kind of Filtertron. In fact, they don't sound anything like Filtertrons... they are underwhelming to say the least. People kept swapping them out for other pickups, which is one reason why Gretsch got rid of them in...


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