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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Fasteddie42, Oct 21, 2020.
I think the 5420s are the same or greater value.
Not hearing a lot of good things about GC. I'm guessing it's not all stores. But you'd expect a guitar store to know the proper model names.
Yeah, their track record isn't great. I've seen G5120T labelled as 5420s before. The Gretschbuckers are a dead giveaway, but to the untrained eye...
Heck, I can’t even keep all the different numbers and letters straight when it comes to Gretsch nomenclature.
GCs are hit and miss at best. At the Indy GC, I found one salesman worth his keep. The others could hardly be bothered to help you. Thankfully, we have three brick and mortar local shops here in town, all happy to help. Buy local!
I was talking about that very thing at my local GC the other day. Once upon a time, it was easy - Gretsch made a limited number of models with standard features. There were only a handful of pickups. The model names and numbers had a certain logic. There were a few one offs that didn’t fit the pattern but most didn’t last long. Given enough time and money it was possible to own one of every model.
Now it’s impossible to keep it all straight and I don’t think even Joe Carducci Or Fred Gretsch could explain all the different variations. I gave up long ago. My eyes glaze over when people try to explain it here. I’d hate to be a future collector of FMIC Gretsches, it’d be hard to know what you’ve got and what you needed and what you were trying to buy.
OMG, that is all so true. Then you add in all the special runs.....
Ed Ball needs to write a Gretsch dictionary for us with yearly updates sent out...
Future editions of the Ball’s Manual of Gretsch Guitars would be thousands of pages long!
Eh... Still easier to understand than the 3.14 million variations of the Stratocaster that Fender keeps in their catalog.
Isn't the model number on a sticker in the f hole? I mean, you don't even have to be literate really to see the model number!
Fender has that affliction also.
@Henry is correct, at least with Gretsch you can find a model # somewhere on it. With a Strat or Tele you better check serial numbers.
Same can be said for Gibsons. How many versions of the Les Paul might there be?