My DREAM Gretsch is ......................

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by waswell, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    A Falcon-version of my 1959 RI 6119 Tennie with a single Powertron at the bridge would be my dream-Gretsch.
  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    This one is my dream come true.

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  3. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    That would be a Duo Jet with Dynas, small head, V-cut Bigsby, Humpblock inlays and probably only mastervolume and mastertone. Black would be fine, but some silver sparkle would be nice, too. Chrome hardware for me, please.
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  4. Wavey

    Wavey Gretschie

    Dec 31, 2016

    Yes, the black 7594 is a rare bird indeed.

    In the recent "Black Gretsch" thread I included a picture of a 7594 Black Falcon with some comments. To my knowledge these were only made during the FGE days in the 1990s and only 100 of them were made, none have been made since, and they are quite rare. Unlike the newer BF DC 6636 models with a 16" bout and pinned bridge, the FGE era 7594 has the full 17" lower bout and a floating bridge. But being an FGE era model Falcon, it has some peculiarities including the shape, which is more "bulbous" than both the earlier Gretsch and later Fender era 7594 Falcons. Also many of the FGE Falcons had Grover Rotomatic type tuners rather than the Imperials, a 5 ply top and ceramic magnet pickups. The later "Fender era" Falcons have Grover Imperial tuners, 3 ply tops, and I think I've read AlNiCo pickups rather than ceramic ones. If anyone has further info about this, I would like to be better informed about the lore of the instruments from the FGE period.

    I have a FGE 6136 White Falcon (this is the picture from my avatar). I bought this new in 1996 before the association with Fender. This was and still is my dream guitar, but it's not without the peculiarities - the Grover Rotomatic tuners, a different style roller bridge, flattened upper bout shape (compared to earlier and later Falcons), no etched pattern on the humpblock inlays, no sparkle binding on the cutaway side to connect the top and back sparkle binding. You can easily identify a FGE Falcon from these attributes. Then there are the other things that are not so obvious like the 5 ply top and ceramic magnet pickups. I've thought about adding a Bigsby, changing the pickups, and tuning keys, bridge, etc..., but have decided I won't do it and will keep it as an all original FGE Falcon as I am accustomed to it being this way and I like it this way.

    I also want to keep it all original as a tribute to the people who revived the Gretsch brand back in the 1990s.

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  5. afire

    afire Country Gent

    That's why the Custom Shop exists, to make dreams come true (and, of course, drain bank accounts).
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  6. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    I don’t know what it would be my dream Gretsch anymore. Every time I try one I never tried before, I fell in love...:D
    Fer sure I know what it would be two Gretsch I’ll love forever: my ‘89 6120 and my ‘67 Rally. ;)
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  7. heinzman

    heinzman Gretschie

    ... definitely white...
  8. waswell

    waswell Electromatic

    Jan 10, 2013
    I loved the tour video. It was an eye opener in the sense of how "low-tech" the factory seemed yet they produce fantastic guitars. It's apparent experienced craftsmen work there and they take a lot of pride in their art !! Glad you enjoyed it.
  9. cvr31

    cvr31 Gretschie

    Any Falcon or Country Club with a V-neck, 9 1/2" radius, and medium jumbo frets. Basically a Setzer style neck on a large single cut Gretsch body.

    Anybody know where I can find one of these?
  10. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Sounds like a Custom Shop guitar.

    I love the Vintage "V" neck profile too, but have never seen it on a long scale neck.
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  11. cvr31

    cvr31 Gretschie

    Yeah, I figured that. I'm so used to the Setzer neck on my 6120 that I'll eventually pony up the money for a bare bones Custom Shop Club or Falcon with those neck specs.
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  12. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Yep, know what you're saying.

    I like my Phoenix neck. 9.5" radius, larger frets, and feels good, but I do wonder how good it would feel with the "V" profile.
  13. ElCidOfZen

    ElCidOfZen Electromatic

    Jan 16, 2021
    Austin, Tx
    To be honest, I love mine. Its already a 6120, with '59 style trestle bracing, a 9.5" neck radius, with a "Soft V" profile, and Setzer pickups.

    From there, I added:
    *Duane Eddy trem arm
    *Callaham String-Thru Bar
    *Reverend Spring
    *Compton Chambered Titanium Bridge
    *Brass Nut
    *Brass 'Blazing Dice' truss rod cover
    *Custom made, volume knob.
    *D'Addario Universal Strap Locks

    Its probably not the perfect guitar, but it's perfect for me

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  14. All Thumbs

    All Thumbs Electromatic

    Dec 20, 2020
    Any Japanese or US Gretsch would be a dream for me.
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  15. Eford

    Eford Electromatic

    Feb 7, 2020
  16. gretsch-to-go

    gretsch-to-go Gretschie

    Oct 2, 2019
    Palm Coast, FL
    It's Cadillac Green, I'm easy though when it comes to price tag, G5220 or the G5230T.
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