I love my Gretschs, but sometimes ya just gotta quack

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by radd, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    Feb 17, 2020
    When I decided to get a "real" Fender SSS Strat (instead of a clone or copy) the color combo of this MIM model really caught my eye. Plus Top Aged Cherry Burst, about 2 months old. Fender Stratocaster Plus Top Aged Cherry Burst.jpg
  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    So many quack addicts on a Gretsch forum! :D
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  3. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Maybe some of you observed this also o_O, but I noticed that the position of the Bridge pickup had a peculiar importance in the Qwack tone.

    I mean : if the Bridge PU is very close to the bridge, the Qwack effect is less pronounced.

    For example, see below :


    These 2 solidbody guitars have the exact same pickups (2x HS FT + 1x ARTEC LSA82C), same electronic components (pots, caps), scale, roller bridge.

    But as you can see, the distance between the bridge and the Bridge PU isn't the same : further on the Dano one (left) and closer on the Natural one (right).

    This make a very noticeable difference between the 2 when in Middle plus Bridge position : the Dano is more Qwacky than the Natural...

    I'll try to make a sample and post it to let you hear that difference ASAP. ;)

  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I don’t quack(neck PU is my favourite) but here’s some pics.

    Squier CV’60 Strat, well, what’s left of the body, everything else has been changed except for some screws and the jack plate.


    Fender Strat California in CAR

    I also have a Warmoth Strat and Fernandes MIJ Strat, but can’t be arsed to find the pics.
  5. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    not a thing wrong with the neck pickup on a Strat with single coils, it can be a beautiful tone.
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Yes, it is the Hendrix model.
    Although I understand that from a sheer physics-standpoint there should be a difference in the tone of the switched-around bridge pickup and there should be a difference in the feel because of the different string-length caused by the reversed headstock, I think these are mainly cosmetics. (And I really like these cosmetics.)
    I assume that the the stock pickups of this model should make the (very enjoyable) tonal difference to other models. Not the position of the bridge pickup alone.
    I mainly picked this model because it feels good in my hands and because of it`s outstanding sustain in the upper registers.
    Had to change the standard US vintage trem to a US vintage narrow to make it playable (high and low e-strings nearly fell off the fretboard), though.
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  7. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I swapped out my trem to a narrow vintage on my EC Strat for the same reason. The EC Strat has a heavily rolled fingerboard that really contributed to the E’s getting pushed off. I have since gone back to the original trem because I put a Fender made 12” radius neck on the guitar and it does not have the heavily rolled edges.
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  8. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    My personal favorite sound on my strats is just about universally the neck alone, but I can definitely appreciate the ubiquity of the quack too, I just don't have as much use for it generally as the awesome lead sound of the neck.

    Here's the main implements for me when I need to get my strat on:
    Way modded Classic Series '50s strat w/ Callaham bridge & SD Antiquity IIs wired 5 way w/ master volume, tone, & blend for neck/bridge pickup. This one is set up for 1/2 step down w/ 1/2 step of float w/ .010 - .049
    Still not quite 100% finished project comprised of Warmoth roasted swamp ash body w/ roasted maple/ebony neck, LSR "nut", Hipshot contemporary bridge & open gear lockers, & Fender Pure Vintage '65 pickups (pic still has the Starwood tele neck I had in here at the middle position before going ahead & swapping for the complete PV65 set) wired 3 way w/ master V/T w/ blower switch for bridge & neck & a dedicated volume for the middle pickup (lets me dial-a-quack in any position). This one is setup for standard w/ a step of float w/ .010-.046.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2020
  9. muku

    muku Electromatic

    Jan 22, 2010
    santa barbara
    Why is it in position 5 instead of 4? ;)

    I have 5 strats and one amazing Gretsch so different. So FUN!
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  10. DHart

    DHart Synchromatic

    Jun 26, 2019
    Here's a Strat for Strat-loving Filter'tron lovers...


    Tones are fantastic!
  11. dreamingGretsch

    dreamingGretsch Synchromatic

    Oct 12, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I miss my 60s Roadworn.. I was never a Strat guy and this guitar came close to being THE strat, but when I got offered to sell it, I never had the feeling that I had to hold onto it.. for some reason, strats have been the most elusive in terms of bonding with it..

  12. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Hmm now that aI think about O wonder if this isn’t what @radd meant.
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  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    I think neck position is best. Then position 4(which some call 2, which is silly). Finally, the bridge pup alone with the tone rolled back EVER so slightly.
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  14. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
  15. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    The Blizzard Pearl 60th Anni has overwound Tex Mex and the paint splash black one has first Gen Hot Noisless, they both sound great! 29200449-F0B3-4738-9651-9CCB42BD371C.jpeg DD26D2EB-1B86-4CA3-A5ED-7E4E5338B119.jpeg
  16. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Blizzard Pearl for me......Love it
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  17. TubeLife

    TubeLife Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2020
    Born n raised on quackers. But I like variety and Gretsch is the perfect ‘other’ variety.

    99’ American Fat Strat Deluxe which I of course modded to three single coils, SD Antiquity Surfers.


    2010 American FSR Limited run. Removed the original black Pickguard with Alnico V pups and replaced with a 65’ Pure Vintage loaded guard. I’ll go back to the original. Also has an Alembic StratoBlaster.


    While not Fenders, they can quack as well!!

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2020
  18. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    My lead singer's '69 Strat. Totally CBS!!
    It's a quacker wanna-be...only a 3-position toggle. I had to show it to ya none the less, sorry.
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  19. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Only got one at the moment.

    2014 True Vintage 1954 60th Anniversary ,of course the knobs have cracked.:rolleyes:

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