Gretsch 12-string electric with a zero fret

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by SunRa, May 9, 2021.

  1. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Gretsch used to put zero frets on a lot of stuff. They've kind of backed off using them in recent years. I think you have to go for the "vintage select" type stuff to get them anymore.
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  2. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Interesting guitar

    Plenty of binding rot....

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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Beautiful guitar in it's own way . What do you think my 12 string friend @GlenP
  4. SunRa

    SunRa Gretschie

    Feb 7, 2015
    new york
    Yes the dreaded by binding rot!
  5. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    A piece of history for sure. I wonder what kind of internal bracing they used back then, would it have similar trestle bracing that the modern hollow bodies use, or just posts? That would be a fun project for someone who wanted to restore the binding. I kind of prefer new and shiny, but I wonder how that mature wood sounds.
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    I'm with ya on that
  7. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

    Mar 4, 2021
    That would be a major pass for me. That guitar has more problems than the binding.
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  8. Bob Perrone

    Bob Perrone Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017
    allentown, pa
    Yeah, intriguing as it is, severe issues with that poor baby. Looking like a neck reset may be needed, how do you dent up the tailpiece like that, you want to sell something and you leave it filthy like that? I am sure there will be electronic issues looking at the poor way it was cared for.
    No deal at that price. Price it as a labor of love project, unplayable in that condition.
    Regarding your original post about the zero fret yes, only the vintage models have them as far as I know (new or old) and I'm thinking of putting one on my Gretsch 12 string - really helps with the intonation playing around the first few frets. I have a really light touch, but 12's especially do better with a zero fret.
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  9. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Zero frets were standard on the 6075/6076 12 strings.
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