as you know I [email protected] gold hardware but brass, oh brass is gooo-ood

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  1. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    all metal is good, I'm about to go into the heavy metal business this week literally. Molten like :) but this thread is about FINALLY getting a little custom work done for my beloved 99' SSU. Ive wanted raw brass (unplated) Tvjones pickups forEVER and finally got my setzer sig replacements for my nickel setzer sigs :) Same pickups, just raw brass and no wax potting. This guitar is a tone post, 2.75 deep, thinner top 1999 guitar. the ebony fretboard has been refretted w stainless steel frets by paul waller of the fender custom shop yrs ago. The final touch was Setzer Sigs when they came out but since this guitar came w gold hardware and Ive dont my best to eradicate all of it, it still kind of haunts me w areas I couldnt get to, to rub off all the electroplate and the oxidized gold looks when I saw Tom's raw covers in a pic I lost it, I was smitten. Setzer has solid brass saddles on all his tuneOmatics, and I know why.. it sounds the best heeeheee, so why not add more brass? Brass Tru-arc and brass tvjones. Next is the removal of the plating to my knobs for raw brass gretsch lovelies.. how do I get brass tuners is the tough one. and anodizing of the bigsby..eesh


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  2. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congrats, that sure looks great!
  3. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    Making your guitar your own is always a good thing. Nice, Tavo. I've avoided gold hardware too UNTIL I saw one that just looks too good. Ordered it. Will arrive within the next week or so (I've been told it will arrive at the retailer on the 16th).
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  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Looks great in the brass!
  5. amp360

    amp360 Gretschie

    Oct 21, 2012
    Brass? What is this, 1979?
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  6. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Bold as brass Tavo! Hey, someone had to say it.
    Looks awesome.
  7. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    That looks great with the pick up covers, so simple and raw.
  8. Outlaw

    Outlaw Country Gent

    Jul 13, 2011
    Yeah I like the brass, it looks good but my fave is aged nickel.
    Can you brass plate the Bigsby?
    I think it needs to be zinc and nickel plated first.
  9. Marv666

    Marv666 Gretschie

    Jul 26, 2020
  10. Teledriver

    Teledriver Synchromatic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    They could turn green!! Or in the case of my Telecaster w/ brass saddles, a nice brown.
    A little turtle wax (no pun intended, honest) could help keep oxidation at bay, if you wanna keep the look.
    What you have now looks great.
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  11. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    It's all about that brass. Looking good!
  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I'm with you Tavo ......oh the sweet sound of brass

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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    brass used to be called poor man's gold. The only thing I have against it is that it needs to be constantly polished or it tarnishes. Used lots of Brasso in the service.
    Plating is done with brass first, then nickel, then chrome. As the Bigsby is aluminum, I'd wonder if plating would take at all. Aluminum is usually anodized.
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  14. Outlaw

    Outlaw Country Gent

    Jul 13, 2011
    Who said messing around with guitars isn't educational.
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  15. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Looks sweet!

    I would’ve never guessed I’d see the day Tavo started a Metal record label called Molten.

  16. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Looks boss!
    I love the gold on some Gretschs, but I got rid of all the gold hardware on my 1995 6120 when I replaced all the guts and added TVJ RBs.
    This baby also has stainless steel frets. It’s an amazing guitar now.
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  17. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    I'm with you Tavo :D
    I don't like gold hardware either but Brass is very nice - stylish and not so blingy :cool:
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  18. Shadowy_Man

    Shadowy_Man Gretschie

    May 18, 2020
    I love the look of brass and copper on guitars. Gorgeous. I didn't know Setzer used brass saddles on his TOM bridges, interesting!
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  19. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    You've got a lot of brass to be posting those pics...:p
  20. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Tom Jones uses Gotoh ABR-1's on Brians guitars w the brass saddles, yep.
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