Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by groovycat, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. groovycat

    groovycat Electromatic

    Dec 2, 2020
    Hello! I'm a new member here on the forum. I have a 1968 6117 Double Anniversary that has been through the ringer. In the self-made luthier craze of the 70s, someone conducted various experiments on it and now I'm trying to get it somewhat back to what it started out looking like.

    Unfortunately, when I was trying to put the truss rod cover back on it, it crumbled in my hands. I promptly found one online and ordered it but it's too short. The part I got was a 60898000 which is just over 2.5", but I need one that measures closer to 3". Most of the searches I've conducted online keep bringing up the same one that doesn't fit. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could get a proper one? If anyone knows the correct part number, that would be great info as well.

  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome friend . Maybe give StreetSounds in Brooklyn , NY a call . If they don’t have anything , maybe they could point you in the right direction
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Howdy! Welcome to the madhouse!
    Someone will be by with the info you seek.
    Get that guitar back in use---it's a classic.
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  4. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, groovycat!
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  6. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
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  7. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Welcome to Gretsch-Talk.

    Such an old model would be guitar porn to us, you did well to avoid posting pics :D
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  8. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Maybe if you showed us a picture, help would be more forth coming;)
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  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Welcome to Gretschville!
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  10. Dumbthumbs

    Dumbthumbs Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2020
    New Mexico
    If there's such a thing as an 'old newb' then that's me. I'm a senior relatively new to Gretsch. Despite what others wrote I would love to see pics of that guitar. And welcome.
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  11. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Congrats on your classic. I hope that you will bring it back to life, soon.
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  12. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    Welcome to Twang Central. There is most likely one laying around somewhere. You could also cut one from a sheet of plastic, drill three holes, and still make the show at The Fillmore.
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  13. groovycat

    groovycat Electromatic

    Dec 2, 2020
    Thanks, folks! I bought the guitar when I left college in '89. I had never seen a real live Gretsch before but had been pining for one since the Stray Cats hit the airwaves. Comparing it to my Duane Eddy records, I could see that something was off. For one thing, his had binding on both sides of the guitar, while mine only had it on the top, like a Les Paul.

    Figuring it was painted over, I was able to remove the paint from the back binding with minimal damage. Other changes: the original pickup bezels had been removed and replaced with Gibson-looking humbucker rings. Yep, someone drilled new holes in the body at some point to fit the new ones on there. When I removed the pickups, I saw the body was originally sunburst.

    Also, the original tailpiece had been replaced with one that looks like it came off a Clipper. The picture's not great, but there is a worn spot in the body under the tailpiece that suggests to me that maybe it had a Bigsby? Most pictures I've seen of this model have the G tailpiece, so maybe I'm wrong.

    Finally, the neck was removed at some point. Someone told me a few decades ago that it had been put back on slightly crooked, which is why I couldn't get it to stay in tune. Someone dropped a screw or two in it. I found one and removed it; there are two other plugged holes. For most of it's life with me, it's been in the case.

    Fortunately, with the reboot of the line, I've been able to order correct pickup bezels and strap pins just this week. I guess I got cocky, thinking the standard plate would fit. I suppose that by '68, the headstocks had been enlarged a bit. Also, I do have the original bridge; it's in the case.

    Thanks for all of the advice and help. It sounds as if retrofitting a modern pickguard is out of the question, so I won't worry about that.

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  14. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Welcome GC,

    There are a number of Custom truss rod fabricators on-line, suggest making a few phone calls, it will help if you have the pieces of the original TRC.

    You've picked a hard start, but there is lots you can do, the only limits you have are available finances and talent.

    Returning the guitar to original specs, will give you the best return value for your efforts.

    There is always the ''Hot Rod'' or ''Rat Rod'' route, or simply ''relic'' to your liking.

    Looks like sorting out the neck issues, may be your biggest challenge, also the opaque re-paint may be hiding lots of repaired damage.

    Which ever way you choose, the invoices are going to add up quickly.

    You may be as well off to sell what you have ''as is'', and replace it with a new large body/single cut model, lots to choose from, and the new Electromatic range are excellent in all aspects.

    Best of luck!

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2020
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  15. groovycat

    groovycat Electromatic

    Dec 2, 2020
    "You may be as well off to sell what you have ''as is'', and replace it with a new large body/single cut model, lots to choose from, and the new Electromatic range are excellent in all aspects."

    Thank you. The thought has crossed my mind. I would love a G5422 Electromatic or a G5420 Electromatic. If I get frustrated enough, that will be my course of action.
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  16. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
  17. Dumbthumbs

    Dumbthumbs Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2020
    New Mexico
    I just ordered this 5422TG. It will be here Monday. g5655.jpg
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  18. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT groovycat!

    I say save that old geet sir.
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