Let's see your modded Streamliners

Discussion in 'Streamliner Gretsch Forum' started by section2, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Double_A

    Double_A Electromatic

    Nov 13, 2018
    “Found 2 vintage gold G knobs for the master vol and tone, and I decided to go with ‘72 Telecaster Custom style dial knobs for the pup volumes.”

    I’m pretty sure you have the bridge vol and tone control switched. Unless you had it rewired that way.
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  2. Jobin85

    Jobin85 Electromatic

    Jan 29, 2019
    do you have pics of that? I would love to see it
  3. Double_A

    Double_A Electromatic

    Nov 13, 2018
  4. advid

    advid Gretschie

    Mar 5, 2017
    London UK
    ..Just modded my 'newish' 2420 Streamliner (amber finish)
    Gretsch 'V' cut Bigsby, Blacktops, Pickguard and knobs. Rocking Bar Bridge....
    GRETSCH-2420-mod.jpg Plays great, very pleased....
    Recently sold off a G6120 ..just didn't play right for me ? This 'cheapo' plays like a dream..these Streamliners are worth every penny....Can't see what you're geting with the Pro stuff for seven or eight times the price...?
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020
  5. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Gretschie

    Nov 1, 2019
    Columbia, MO
    Wow! That looks great.
  6. Jobin85

    Jobin85 Electromatic

    Jan 29, 2019
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    Update: I was inspired by this group and decided to make some changes. Tuners: Grover imperial
    Straplock: Gretsch Chrome
    Toggle switch: Chrome
    Jack plate: Football style
    Poker chip: chrome by hellparts
    Pickguard: Quickguard

    Knobs: Chrome (painted black and red)
    Strap: Diamond themed
    Custom vinyl decals by local print shop.

    Attached Files:

  7. Jobin85

    Jobin85 Electromatic

    Jan 29, 2019
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  8. Jobin85

    Jobin85 Electromatic

    Jan 29, 2019
    Now it is 100 percent complete. By fluke, I found the strap at a local music store today Screenshot_20200731-224132_Gallery.jpg FB_IMG_1596310529044.jpg
  9. TXFlatpicker

    TXFlatpicker Electromatic

    Aug 2, 2020
    Denton TX
    Sir this is amazing, and the first original streamliner I have seen.
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  10. photodude

    photodude Electromatic

    Aug 7, 2020

    That finish is just too damn nice! I can't stop looking at it.
  11. Humpblock

    Humpblock Electromatic

    Jan 28, 2020
    Bigsby, silver knobs and tip, nicer pickguard and a horseshoe sticker. Living by the beach ages them too, that cheaper metal doesn’t like salt.

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  12. TXFlatpicker

    TXFlatpicker Electromatic

    Aug 2, 2020
    Denton TX
    2018 2622T bought new old stock at a discount, looking to make a late 60's Viking vibe. New PowerTrons, TV Harness, ABM bridge, rev spring, Quick pickguard, Grover milkbottle tuners, and G knobs , oh and a headstock sticker . There were a lot of fitment issues to resolve, but all done cleanly and final product is perfect.

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  13. andreww1962

    andreww1962 Gretschie

    Apr 30, 2019
    Did you bind the F-holes?
  14. Letsch

    Letsch Electromatic

    Mar 9, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Hi everyone, I finally finished modding my streamliner today, so after a bunch of playing the next thing to do is take some glamour photos and post them online!
    Here it is. A picture perfect version of my 'dream Gretsch' - dark sunburst with dynasonics and a V-cut bigsby.
    • The Mods:
    • DeArmond Dynasonics. (These are the currently made Korean ones). I love all types of dynasonic. I had to learn how to 3d model so that i could print the risers, posted in another thread. The files are now up on thingiverse, go grab em if you want / need em.
    • Wiring harness with 500k CTS pots and Switchcraft Jack. Wired up like a les paul. I don't like master volume knobs, especially as I use a pedal anyway for swells and pedal-steel effects. Sacrilege, maybe? Sorry...
    • V-cut Bigsby & Gretsch roller bar bridge, Reverend soft-spring
    • Hand-made pickguard out of some perspex and some gold paint
    • G knobs from a notorious chinese reseller. I don't think they're knockoffs, but if they are, they're very very good ones.

    Yes, it would have been (a tiny bit) cheaper, less effort, and less time-consuming to just, say, buy an electromatic, or try to find a G512x and mess with that a bit instead; alternatively I could have saved up and bought a double anniversary. But this is almost exactly the guitar I've always pictured, at a price I could afford, and I'm very happy - plus I learnt a few new skills in the process.

    Finally just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who posted on this thread in particular for providing me with the inspiration to get this done. Very happy to finally be able to add mine to the list.
    The full build album is here
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2020
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  15. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    That looks awesome - and I bet it sounds that way, too!
  16. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    After much great debate and a good discussion with someone who works on a ton of guitars, I decided to take the plunge and have Garnet switched around. Knowing what I know now, I should have bought the version of the 2655 without the Bigsby. I knew that selling a guitar I bought new was going to be a losing proposition on the money end, plus I really really liked the neck on this particular guitar and didn't want to take a chance on getting a newer model that wasn't the same. So...here she is, minus the Bigsby, with a cool G-tailpiece instead!

    The guy who did the work did a fantastic job of filling in the holes/marks left behind from the removed Bigsby. All tuning issues have been completely resolved with this change, I actually let her sit for over a week without playing through an assortment of weather changes (ah, life in the Great Lakes region!) and I was surprised to find every string still in tune when I picked it up to play again! Now I'm tempted to look for some different knobs, think something brighter than the standard transparent black would be cool. We'll see.

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  17. Dyna

    Dyna Electromatic

    Nov 16, 2016
    Portland Or
    Looks fantastic! Nice job. Dream guitar.
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  18. Jonno69

    Jonno69 Electromatic

    Feb 18, 2021
    Hey advid...that looks beautiful.
    Can you tell me where you got the pickguard from?
  19. Ted Keane

    Ted Keane Electromatic

    Mar 19, 2016
    Ft Collins,Colorado
    Nice.Rockin' the HellParts.They do great truss rod covers for Gretsch.That looks beautiful.
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  20. Tubes99

    Tubes99 Electromatic

    Apr 1, 2020
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