ES-295-52 and G6120-55

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by PJHoppy, Apr 10, 2021.

  1. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    637
    Jan 9, 2013
    California
    Frets or no, that ES295 is still a dream guitar for me. But they're both beautiful.
     
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  2. Mellowcat

    Mellowcat Gretschie

    108
    Aug 22, 2013
    VA
    Nice photos! I agree with the statement above. Chicago Music Exchange did a small run of these four or five years ago. They were reasonably priced, and I love the red. It has a chunky neck with rolled edges and under wound P90s.

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  3. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Brian it seems that you and I have very similar tastes
     
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  4. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Synchromatic

    585
    May 20, 2018
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Such beautiful guitars. The best Gibson hollow body in my opinion. Love the Florentine cut and thick body with the gold finish.
     
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  5. Mellowcat

    Mellowcat Gretschie

    108
    Aug 22, 2013
    VA
    Agreed. :)
     
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  6. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Thanks for sharing the pictures, and the comparison on the guitars. Both are great looking.
     
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  7. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Beautiful pair of gits.

    Enjoy
     
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  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Well alright! :)Congrats !!:cool:

    Unreal that they had 2 ,cause i'm on their web site daily and have never seen any of them, even before the sale!
     
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  9. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    Beautiful guitars.

    I had to go a hybrid route and that was only available due to some back pay. Casino Gold Annie. IMG_0287[1].JPG
     
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  10. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

    44
    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    Nice one. That gold Anniversary does look great!
     
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  11. juks

    juks Gretschie

    351
    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Wonderful pictures PJ, thank you. Is that trapeze bridge stable? I've always looked at it with suspicion, but never knew anybody who owned a guitar with one to ask the question.
     
  12. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

    44
    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    Thanks, Juks. It was nice to use a proper camera to take the photos for a change rather than just ‘phone camera. It also enabled me to get very close up for some of them. The downside was I had to seriously reduce the size of the photos to get them to c. 640kb so that I could upload them. As for the trapeze, so far I’ve found it to be very stable. It’s not a pinned bridge so the height adjustable feet just rest on the guitar’s top but there’s enough tension to keep it in place. The bridge on my ES-295 was slightly misaligned when it arrived, however, and the top E string was too near the edge of the fingerboard and would fall over the side. In the process of investigating this I gave the bridge a hefty shove, there was loud clunk and, hey presto, everything was correctly aligned. It’s not moved since but I think there is a chance of misaligning it when changing strings if you taken them all of at once (which I rarely do). The trapeze bridge is much more secure than the floating roller bridge on my White Falcon double cutaway, which moves about if I apply a bit of pressure when resting my palm on it. The ES-295 trapeze stays where it is (but if I really tried to move it with both hands then I could) and it fits under my palm very comfortably. Hope that helps.
     
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  13. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

    44
    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    Hi Wizard, don’t worry, I only realised what was going on when I set out to investigate why the ES-295’s neck pickup seemed to be halfway down the body compared with the Gretsch’s. I initially thought that it was some sort of special Gibson idea (like those 225s with a single pick up in the middle position, or the ES300 with its diagonal pickup) but it’s actually an illusion. It only appears to be further away from the neck because the neck, or more accurately the fingerboard, is further away from it. Another three frets would fill the gap quite nicely.
     
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  14. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    It's like the 6118-60VS Annie that has 21 frets, compared to other Annies and 6120's with 22 frets. The Annie 60VS looks like the neck is further away from the pickup but it's just the gap caused by one less fret.
     
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  15. juks

    juks Gretschie

    351
    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Thank you, good to know. Answered exactly what I was wondering about. I guess the string pr4essure is such that it really does keep it all in the correct spot.
     
  16. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

    44
    Feb 9, 2014
    London
     
  17. PJHoppy

    PJHoppy Electromatic

    44
    Feb 9, 2014
    London
    Given that Epiphone is now in the ascendence, some more electric archtops would be very welcome.
     
  18. wizard_23

    wizard_23 Gretschie

    352
    Jul 18, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Blowing my mind again. Not to derail too much, but played one of those about a year ago and the TV Jones HiloTrons are fantastic.
     
  19. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    france
    You could have an extra 20th fret for post 1957 model of L4, ES175 ... I don't know if they made ES275 in 1957-1959, I presume they should have made few of them.
     
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  20. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    france
    1957... more frets than ever before.
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