Gretsch-a-likes

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by drmilktruck, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I was looking through a guitar magazine and noticed that the Gretsch look is found on more guitars. While obviously not copied like the Strat or LP, there are quite a few guitars and parts that ape them.

    Here's a few that I think of:

    Epiphone Wildkat:

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    PRS Starla:

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    LollarTrons:

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    Others?
     
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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The features most specific - upper bout master volume, Bigsby, Filter style pickups.
     
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  3. DennisC

    DennisC Country Gent

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    38
    May 11, 2017
    Germany
    Hm ... I've seen a Godin with TVJ pickups, hollowbodied, singlecut a few years ago. It shares a name with another rare bird, that wasn't copied too often - Montreal. While the Alfa was somehow odd (I'd prefer an Alfetta GTV any day, although SOHC V6 isn't as cool as DOHC V8, the Alfetta's suspensions are 20 years ahead - I wonder why they, essentially, built a 230 kph car on a Giulia ... not that I'd distrust her suspension, it's just less fine - DeDion rear beats everything).

    As the coincidence sometimes is in favor of those why stumble upon some stumbledupon: a blue one:

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    What's missing is a few knobs and one in a certain area ... I guess these only have master tone and master vol, which may work just as well, too.

    Anyway - Godin never really struck me ... some are a bit of too much of them all ... some just have a tension roller - my next hollowbody, if I buy a new one (used, you cannot plan ahead that much...), will likely be a Guild. Because they're cool.
     
  4. ishtar

    ishtar Country Gent

    For a minute, 15-20 years ago, a company called Normandy Guitars touted an aluminum bodied guitar that seemed Gretschy. I think they went out of business in a relatively short time.
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I remember those; they are defunct now.
     
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    71
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    1. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
    2. It's easier to copy than it is to innovate.
    3. If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em.
     
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  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    "Anyone who would copy me would flatter me ..."

    Thomas Mudge, 1715-1794, the English horologist who invented the lever escapement, the greatest single improvement ever applied to pocket watches for precision.

    I think that this could also apply for Gretsch guitars ! ;)

    A+!
     
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  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Schecter Retro Coupe (even with Cat's Eyes!)

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  9. lordhelmet

    lordhelmet Gretschie

    100
    Apr 5, 2020
    Germany
    These two models came to my mind:
    Harley Benton Bigtone
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    Eastwood Classic 6
    They are very honest where they got the inspiration.
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  10. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    339
    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
    visited that shop a few times. they were using aftermarket necks on $2500+ guitars. sigh.
     
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  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I suspect that’s not uncommon in the boutique market. Nash Guitars allegedly uses Allparts bodies and necks and then sells theirs for over $2000 as well. They carefully state their guitars are made in US by skilled craftsmen but never say that they’re handmade by Nash.
     
  12. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    339
    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
    double sigh. just… am i the only one that thinks that this isn’t the way to build?
     
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  13. lordhelmet

    lordhelmet Gretschie

    100
    Apr 5, 2020
    Germany
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  14. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Synchromatic

    503
    Aug 11, 2020
    NYS
    Not gonna lie, I dig that Schecter :)
     
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  15. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Age:
    62
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    D'Angelico DC - 12 string
    I almost bought this instead of my Gretsch 12 string . Real nice 12 which I don't believe is in production anymore . @GlenP , ever try one

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  16. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    Never seen one of those 12s in person, but I really like their six strings too.
     
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  17. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    The schecter looks even better in black
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    Wow that Godin looks really good.
     
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  18. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Country Gent

    Aug 5, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Two colors I'm not into and thank goodness or my wallet would be in trouble!
     
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  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I agree with you. They’re just expensive Partscasters, not an original creation.
     
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