For Those About To Rock...I ''Salute'' You

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Back in Black, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Some Tuning key tweaking to follow,plus new set of correct strings to be added.

    All the parts from TV. Jones are absolutely fabulous (Brian Setzler pickup, Hot Rod Harness), other Genuine US made Gretsch hardware from Angela's Instruments in Maryland, Burns Trem from Music Locker, Derbyshire UK.

    Currently fitted with old set of Rickenbacker strings, primarily to proof electronics, new set of Ernie Ball Slinky Top/Heavy bottom, to be installed in next couple of days after the key winds have been replaced.

    The only thing left that is ''Electromatic'' is the wood...and somewhat less of that...guitar is super light.


    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020
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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  3. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Well done, looks good.
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
  5. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    DANG ! that's nice . And look at that jack plate ! :) Enjoy
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  6. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Thanks Guys!!!

    I've snagged another Burns Trem, I think I'll build another one.

  7. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Well done. Will be awaiting sound clips.
  8. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Hey Dana, that's funny.

    If I only could.

    I remember somebody telling me a few years ago...building a Frankenstein Replica, will not necessarily allow me to play or sound like EVH...not even with the personally signed Relic EVH Frankenstein pickup installed.

    It's lots of fun trying though...



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  9. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
  10. SAguitar

    SAguitar Gretschie

    Jan 17, 2020
    Man, that's a lot of knobs for one pickup! Really though, it just oozes Rock.
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  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Of course it's light---you're missing some parts.
    All you need now is the bishop's hat (mitre). Anything to lighten a Jet up is a good idea! Enjoy!
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  12. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Thanks Guys!!!


  13. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    You know,

    When I started the project...a month ago now, the objective was ''accuracy''...

    But then I thought, ''accurate compared to what'' ?

    Malcolm's original has morphed so much in 40 years, there was no baseline for accuracy. I have many many photos, no two alike, even the DIY pickup cavity holes appear different, open holes/covered holes/more holes/less holes/tailpieces/strap buttons, and the list goes on and on.

    I decided to settle on the Gretsch Custom Shop ''Salute Jet'' replica as a reference point, which completed as shown...with a couple of my own touches which made the build personal to me.

    So I guess what I ended up with is an ''essence'' of a historic Rock Icon's famous guitar...

    Works for me.

    Best, and thank you all for the thumbs up!

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  14. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    hmm I'm wondering why you put a Setzer sig pup in a Malcolm clone ??
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  15. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    Thanks for the question.

    That was one of my personal preferences, a little more crunch.

    The pickups that Gretsch selected both for the Signature and the Salute model were not correct to Malcolm's original either


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  16. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Thanks Slim...

    I was going to buy a Bishop's hat, inexpensive and readily available, but I decided the uber rare Burns trem was the iteration I preferred the most.

    Tomorrow I plan on replacing the tuning keys, putting on a set of fresh/correct gauge strings, and trying it on my big amp, running it through my Jangle Box and my Jimi Hendrix Fuzz box. I love the Jangle Box Compression.

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  17. branny

    branny Electromatic

    Feb 10, 2013
    C4DD793E-4334-434E-BD4E-B95676DC207F.png 7940FF04-554D-4501-B82C-A44C070419F6.jpeg 4C71D0BB-6BEE-4652-B27E-CEF370A0A6CF.jpeg CA7C88EE-6508-4A63-8128-106D075A0F0E.jpeg 8355E4E7-B380-4E9E-9A27-5919719969C8.jpeg BC01CBCE-DCAA-4C32-A6B4-FAD9E86C606A.jpeg 08A2DA49-D963-4B94-AA54-92AAF2ACD534.jpeg 1641B045-C87F-4F67-A205-E84819F9293F.jpeg The evolution of his guitar is fascinating, like you I too have many photos, he has also had a few 60’s gretsch’s as his back up guitars over the years. You’ve done a great job, can’t wait for the next one
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  18. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    It’s coming along sweet. I’m not sure most of us here would have the guts to try that to a new guitar regardless of the price. Definitely a cool tribute to one of the greatest riff maestro’s of rock!
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  19. RG7X

    RG7X Synchromatic

    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Amazing... really good work! I get really great AC/DC tones from my Setzer Sigs as well.
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  20. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Thanks branny,

    I have some of see our dilemma, which variation to pick. hence my choice going with the Gretsch ''Salute'' Jet replica.

    I'll say one thing for Gretsch, they did a better job with the MY Jet, and the GH Duo Jet, than Rickenbacker did with the JL 325, 58 version.

    Especially in light of the fact that JL's 325 is still in existence, and John Hall has an original 58 325 at his headquarters, well most of an original 58 325. the guitar was butchered in a effort to get the body interior details correct for the replica...all this and they still missed the mark. I was really disappointed, when I opened the shipping box and viewed mine for the first time. the bottom horn is miles off. Far too many amateurs involved in the secret Rick forum when the replica was developed.


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