Back in the club again!

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Philtertronic, Nov 14, 2021.

  1. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    So, she'll be here before the end of this coming week. Took me well over a year (and the sale of a Firebird VII) to find a pristine example of a fairly rare and now discontinued model but I persevered and here we are.

    Many, though, were the times I nearly bit the bullet on other 6122s but they either had appointments I didn't like/want (the zero-fret, the backpad, the mutes) or were missing them, such as the Imperial tuners, open F-holes, and the 18th-fret neck/body join.

    Thinking of putting a set of flats (10-48, wound 3rd) on her, just to see how I get on.

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  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Spectacular, congrats! So satisfying to achieve your dream guitar!
     
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Absolutely beautiful
     
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  4. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    scotland
    Thanks. She replaces an identical model unfortunately sold last January.
     
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  5. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

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    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats on that beauty, hope it plays as well as it looks. HNGD.
     
  6. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

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    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    When I saw the thread title I thought maybe you landed a live gig, or were posting a cover of Ray Charles' "At the Club". Congrats on finding your gorgeous unicorn, and HNGD.
     
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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

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  8. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    A gig? If only!!
     
  9. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    Thank you. My arse is sore from me back-heeling it since I let the original baby go.
     
  10. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

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    Lovely, congrats!
     
  11. Syncro

    Syncro Gretschie

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    Jan 6, 2016
    East of Nashville
    That is going to be over the top. Nice!
     
  12. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

    268
    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    She's arrived. Quick look to check no damage and all seems ok so will let her acclimatise overnight.

    This one has a roller Bridge (TOM inside pocket). I've never used one. Experiences?
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  13. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Roller bridges? I like 'em myself, but only on anything with a vibrato (Bigsby, Les Trem, or Maestro). Properly dressed nut, wound 3rd strings, and a roller bridge - my personal recipe for vibrato nirvana. Give it a chance. You might like it.

    And congrats - fine looking Country Gentleman! Real F-holes, Yay! Enjoy!
     
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  14. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    That’s a beauty! Congrats
     
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  15. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    Thanks, guys. Will play her for a while with those strings and try out some flats. Again, that's new territory for me.
     
  16. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

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    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Flats are nice!
     
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  17. capnhiho

    capnhiho Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    Ooooooooo….
    Nice Gent!!
     
  18. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    Nice guitar and well worth your perseverance.

    If it's a quality roller bridge, there should be no problems. Since you've still got the original TOM, you can always experiment between the two.

    Other option would be one of the quality bar bridges. A few 6122 models come with a bar bridge anyway, so it should be fine if you wanted to go down that route.
     
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  19. NJDevil

    NJDevil Country Gent

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    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Congrats on a great decision and guitar!

    My question to you is how do you feel parting with the Firebird VII? I ask because I have a '97 Firebird V in mint condition that I am undecided yet on whether to keep or sell. And to tell you the truth, I might have sold it already if the process was easier.

    It's not that I don't like it but I have finally seen the light that a guitar should match or beat expectation on comfort.....and physically, the neck profile is too thin and feel I fight it vs. playing it. 2nd point: I do love it's tone and it is unique. However, using the controls on guitars and amps, I have found that using my Firebird for the material I play on it is ground that is covered by 2 other guitars I own.

    Used Firebirds just seem to have escalated in price on the market in the last year and and I really could use that money toward recording gear for a home studio I am looking to build in 2022.

    What are you thoughts or input on this?
     
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  20. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    The 2006 Firebird VII I had had a slim profiled neck. Certainly nothing like that of the original '64 a friend has. I had also swapped out the pups for a set of vintage-voiced Zhangbucker Waylons.

    I hated parting with the bird but A) I am downsizing; and B) I needed the money quickly to buy this 6122.

    Yes, Firebird prices are on the up. I sold mine for several hundred Pounds more than I bought it for.

    Hope that helps.
     
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