And the world became orange

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by PJHoppy, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    Had the chance to compare a 2019 6120-55 Vintage Select with a 2020 6120 Eddie Cochran plus my own 2008 6121-55 today. All great and hard to choose between the two hollow bodies but in the end I preferred the Eddie Cochran. The neck felt slightly more comfortable and the sound a little more to my taste, but I might change my mind if I played them again!
     

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  2. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congratulations on your new orange marvel.
     
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  3. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Orange always sounded more rock and roll to me. :)
     
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  4. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Orange you glad now! :D Congrats.
     
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  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

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    Yes,Yes and Yes ,to all three of those beauties!:cool:

    Congrats,i too ,have a thing for the orange Gretsch guitar!;)
     
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  6. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    I'd love to take an EC for a spin, I haven't run into one yet. Looks great, enjoy!
     
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  7. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Congrats on the new EC, PJHoppy!

    Definitely had to be a tough choice, though.
     
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  8. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

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    PJ,

    Very cool ''Juice''

    Did you know that back in the 1960's, Gretsch called that color ''Keratin Orange''.

    My favorite in orange is the vintage double cut ''Nashville''.

    That brilliant ''off beat'' color let everyone know that you were just ''too cool'' to play a Country Gent.

    I guess that's why John Lennon wouldn't let himself be undone by George Harrison.

    BIB.

    Gretsch Nashville.jpg JL Gretsch Nashville.jpg
     
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  9. BohemianLikeMe

    BohemianLikeMe Gretschie

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    Apr 18, 2020
    Prague, CZ
    Those all look beautiful!

    How were the pickups on the 55-VS? I'm always curious about Dynasonics.
     
  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Congratulations . Orange you happy now :p
     
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  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Congrats and enjoy!
     
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  12. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Hey, Rich you stole my line! :D
     
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  13. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    congrats, happy playing.
     
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  14. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    Hi Bohemian, in my 6121 they are fine, similar to a Telecaster by which I mean balanced, not overpowering, a bit noisy compared to humbuckers but also more detailed sounding and bell-like. In the Eddie Cochran, the bridge Dynasonic was like this and was similar to a P100 equipped Gibson ES-135 that I have. In the 55-VS the Dynasonics were overpowering. I played through a Fender Deluxe Reverb and the EC sounded fabulous but at the same settings the 55-VS was boomy and brash: I had imagined that it would have been the other way round. I could control the 55-VS by turning down the master volume by a quarter of a turn so it might be better in less forceful amplifiers.
     
  15. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    Hi BIB, thanks I didn’t know that and I’d never seen that photo before. Thanks for sharing. Were Gretsch going after the tobacco/ tar-stained fingers look of heavy smokers with “Keratin Orange?”
     
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  16. BohemianLikeMe

    BohemianLikeMe Gretschie

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    Apr 18, 2020
    Prague, CZ
    Very interesting. I wonder what makes the difference between the 55-VS and the 6120-EC? Cap values? Sound post?

    I have an old buddy from Chicago who's a pretty well known guitarist for a lot of the newer folk/psyche bands (Ryley Walker, etc.) and he loves his ES-135, I think it might even still have the P100s. I always loved the shape of them, but I never jived with my electric Gibsons ever, except for that Firebird V. :( I'd love to give the ES-135 another shot tho.
     
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  17. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    didn't even see that .... I'm gettin' old buddy :p
     
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  18. LongJohn

    LongJohn Synchromatic

    610
    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    Orange you........... never mind :rolleyes:
     
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  19. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

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    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    The ES-135 is an underrated guitar. I’d love a Firebird though! I’m not sure what other differences there are between the Eddie Cochran and the 55-VS. It might even have been random variation: I once tried two players edition Anniversaries and one was definitely louder than the other. The neck on the EC also fitted my hand slightly better than the one on the 55-VS, but again may just have been random production variation.
     
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  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, very nice. Better start saving for that 6120-55 VS, you know you want to right?! :)
     
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