Gretsch 25.5" scale

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by rschultz, Jul 13, 2021.

  1. rschultz

    rschultz Electromatic

    May 11, 2015
    Knoxville, TN

    I'm trying to find which models have a 25.5" scale. Is there a list?
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  2. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    Some Historics, 6122-1959
  3. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    Country Club
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  4. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    If you would consider something used, the 2011 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose (G6119) has a 25.5" scale. I know because I have one.
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  5. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    G3161 Streamliner
    Country Gent
    G6136 Bono, Stills, Setzer
    G7593 Duffy
    G6196 Country Club
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  6. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Yes, the G6119 is 25"1/2


  7. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    Some but not all Country Gents.
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  8. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    Some, but not all Tennies.
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  9. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    Take a tape measure with you when you're shopping!
  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    The non zero fret, real F hole Tennessee Rose was 25.5 prior to the year the 'player' models came out.
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  11. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Off topic I sure wish they would make a 25.5” Penguin with the mud switch.
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  12. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    I totally agree on this, at least that would be a main reason to differentiate the Duo jet and the Penguin, can't work out why they offer 25.5 in the hollowbody range but not solid body.
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  13. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    I was thinking about a 25.5" 6121-1959.

    Should you make the whole guitar including the body just a little bigger to match? Maybe a slightly wider neck too?
  14. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Yeah, some models it gets complicated!
  15. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Is that a question or more of a request? :)

    Usually when enlarging the scale, the neck is extended and the point of inset might shift a bit. There is little point in making a new body mould that’s 5% larger/smaller when shifting scale 5%, if just for economics.
    With hollow bodies the position of the bridge is critical and already optimised(the highest point of the curved top is the “loudest”) and ideally remains the same. With solid slab bodies the bridge is simply moved to the back(See Baritone versions of the same guitar).
  16. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    OK, so do I have to order my 25.5" Penguin from the Custom Shop? I would be very interested to know if the CS has ever made any longer-scale Penguins or Jets. I'm trying to imagine the neck-dive on a 25.5" doublecut Penguin! :eek::D
  17. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    It’s a thought, more about aesthetics and balance.

    Here’s a long-scale Les Paul, it looks ok, it does seem a little odd. The skinnier headstock would make it look even longer?

    It sounds different friom a 24.5” Les Paul, which is why I think they and Gretsch have rarely offered them. Still missing an ebony fingerboard for me.

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  18. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    The low E string almost always sounds a lot better to my ears on the longer scale. If you're being picky... :D
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