I ordered... not a Gretsch this time

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mschafft, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    For the money I had to give it a try : Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Thinline 72 Natural.
    I hope the grain will be heavenly and the neck not too modern a C profile. I once had a Tele with a wide range humbucker and a regular tele pickup which were a mismatch I found so I hope the dual humbucker will be all cream and twang enough. Any experience with HH 72 teles?
    BTW it should be delivered by the end of the week.

    Have a Groovy day!
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2018
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  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

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    Fun man! Enjoy it and report back on that neck.
     
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  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

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    Looking very much forward to some pictures.
     
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  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Congrats! Anticipating the pics!
     
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  5. mschafft

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    Thanks guys. The package is on its way. It weighs 5 kg (11 lbs). The only other item is a coton strap. I hope the thinline will be in the 3.4 kg range (7.5 lbs). I have a spare tweed urban Fender gig bag which should be just fine for this baby.
     
  6. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

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    I thought these came with the RI WRHB's. They're killer in either case. Have fun!
     
  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats and enjoy the new arival
     
  8. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    I'll be anxious to hear what you think, I've been looking at a Squier that Phil McKnight reviewed on Know Your Gear, haven't had a chance to go find one to play. Must post pics!
     
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  9. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    Alright so it arrived this morning and I just had enough time to check it out and plug it in before leaving for work.
    It's a good-looking 3 piece ash body. Nice grain. Well matched. Only downfall is a knot on the side of the upper horn.
    The neck feels good and looks great. It's a medium-thin C profile. The high E might be a tad too close to the edge because my fretting hand tended to mute it unwillingly. Good excuse to cut a nut at some point...
    The pickups are nice and clear sounding. Like a good Tele should and some. VERY different from the dark and wooly wide range humbucker in the MIJ Tele I had. The Squier has better tone but also more hum. The Squier came with more protruding pole pieces btw.
    The volume pot lacks progressivity but the tone pot feels okay. Might upgrade or not.
    All in all pretty much a steal at this price point. This new Tele did speak to me and felt like a keeper from the get-go.
    The stock set up is very decent. It's obviously strung up with 9s and the truss rod appears to have the right amount of tension on first inspection. I might lower the action and fine tune intonation.
    I'm glad I went with the natural finish. It just looks right.

    Edit: there was a bit too much neck relief. I've tightened the truss rod to get an almost straignt neck and the action went down nicely.
     
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  10. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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  11. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    Edit : the neck profile is between a C and a soft V.
    I like it because it's a tad beefier than some modern C that I have tried before.
     
  12. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

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    Your pics need authorization to be viewed
     
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  13. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    Thanks. PhotoBucket is not free anymore. Can you recommend another free website which can host pictures visible for all forumites here?
     
  14. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

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    Gretsch-talk.com
     
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  15. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    Is it OK with the second link?
     
  16. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    After playing it a bit more, I find the slightly narrow neck and soft V profile are what causes me to choke the high E with my fretting hand sometimes. It plays great apart from that and I absolutely love the tone of the pickups.
     
  17. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

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    Pics are working
     
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