Got the bug...

Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by dvto2, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. dvto2

    dvto2 Electromatic

    Mar 31, 2020
    Northern Connecticut
    No, not covid-19, at least for now, but the Gretsch bug. I have all the other iconic guitars, strat, tele, Les Paul, and my latest acquisition, an ES-335 clone, an Eastman T166sx with solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. The tone I get out of this is incredible. I was a bluegrass player back in the day, but the last few years I've been finally digging into electric guitar, blues, rock, rockabilly, and jazz. Given the dizzying array of Gretsch models, I've kind of narrowed my search down to a used Tennessee Rose with filterons and open f holes as a compromise between price and build quality. I've found a 1994 in "excellent" condition and a 2015 also in very good condition that has been refretted with jumbos. Any thoughts on this comparison?
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  2. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    Welcome dv
    When I read bluegrass my interest peaked.
    I too returned to the electric world about 6 years ago when I turned 56.
    had been all in with bluegrass for close to 2 decades.
    Since then chasing the iconic variants of guitars.
    last year and a half it’s been all Gretsch.
    Again welcome
  3. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I'd probably go with the 2015. The early Gretsch were good instruments, but they tended to be 5-ply and not necessarily true to vintage specs.
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  4. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Welcome to the termite mound!

    Obviously the top here is occupied by the WhiteFalconites, but the TennesseeRosites are close.
  5. dvto2

    dvto2 Electromatic

    Mar 31, 2020
    Northern Connecticut
    I was leaning towards the 2015 also, thinking it would be in better shape.
  6. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Welcome DVTO2. Go with the 2015. Nice guitar, those Eastmans. Congrats.
  7. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
  8. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I had a Players Edition Rose, spectacular guitar. There is a lot to be said for the host of upgrades found in a Players Edition.

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  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Howdy! Welcome to the funhouse!
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  10. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
  11. BarryMClark

    BarryMClark Country Gent

    Apr 4, 2011
    Gretsch has been putting out some good stuff since the early 2000's based purely on personal experience. I would probably opt for the more recent one as that one was made well after the "Gretsch Craze" really hit and would be in a position to benefit most from it. I had a 2000 G3161 which is a more budget minded model and it was super playable. Now I have my old late 60's 6120 but it has been so heavily modified and worked over (even the top and neck shape a little) that very little of it you could point to and say Gretsch did that. lol. The inlays. The inlays are all Gretsch. :)
  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT, dv!
  13. Sean McILwaine

    Sean McILwaine Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2012
    London UK
  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome neighbor . I call you neighbor because I'm not far from the Tappan Zee Bridge which is not far from the border on Connecticut
  15. dvto2

    dvto2 Electromatic

    Mar 31, 2020
    Northern Connecticut
    So is there a distinction between a G6119 and a G6119T?
  16. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    The T means tremolo which really means vibrato which really means Bigsby.
  17. dvto2

    dvto2 Electromatic

    Mar 31, 2020
    Northern Connecticut
    Got to have the Bigsby!
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