My First proline Gretsch

Marv666

Synchromatic
Jul 26, 2020
568
Germany
Wow, it’s a stunner!
I love my Bamboo Yellow Rally, it really shines (in the sense that’s very few of them) out there.
Congrats, and enjoy it. Guitars are meant to be played, that’s what they’re built for! :D
These are really cool too!
 

mrfixitmi

Country Gent
Mar 20, 2010
1,794
Michigan
Marv,

Thanks for making me drool, the last one I saw was in 2004, the owner wanted TVJ classics installed. About 8 months, after installation he said that the guitar was not what he wanted. His wife hated the color (????), and he said that it was too big, he offered to sell it. At that time I had three kids in a Catholic School, and a Mother-In-Law who needed help with medical bills. I walked away from it, with many regrets. I am glad that there are others out there that also loved that color. Thanks for sharing your happy success story, these are "keepers".
 

Marv666

Synchromatic
Jul 26, 2020
568
Germany
Marv,

Thanks for making me drool, the last one I saw was in 2004, the owner wanted TVJ classics installed. About 8 months, after installation he said that the guitar was not what he wanted. His wife hated the color (????), and he said that it was too big, he offered to sell it. At that time I had three kids in a Catholic School, and a Mother-In-Law who needed help with medical bills. I walked away from it, with many regrets. I am glad that there are others out there that also loved that color. Thanks for sharing your happy success story, these are "keepers".
I love the color so much, but some friends aren't into the color aswell haha.
Actually they come with tv jones classics stock as they were a limited Edition instead of the normal double anniversary :)
 

mrfixitmi

Country Gent
Mar 20, 2010
1,794
Michigan
Marv,

Actually they come with tv jones classics stock as they were a limited Edition instead of the normal double anniversary

You are correct, that's why the customer wanted the TVJ Classics installed. These were switched out for Dynas, by the previous owner, and he wanted the TVJ Classics, because he hated the humming.

A very nice desirable guitar for sure.
 

Outlaw

Country Gent
Jul 13, 2011
1,257
UK
My favourite Gretsch 6118 anni is the smoke green but your bamboo yellow looks a real stunner,
I love it!!
CONGRATS!
 

hogrider16

Gretschie
Oct 18, 2017
379
charles town wv
A Ship is safest when it’s docked, but that’s not what a ship is for!
I take my expensive guitars to gigs at trashy clubs all of the time, because I bought them to play them! I paid more money for my car, and I drive that everywhere. Why wouldn’t I want to gig with the best sounding guitar I have?!
Just never leave it laying around where you can’t keep your eyes on it.
Congratulations!
+1

I never understood buying expensive guitars and taking your dumpster dive special to a gig. If a club is so unsafe my guitar isn't safe, I'm probably not safe either. Just use a little common sense - make sure the gear isn't unattended and keep your guitar either on a stand or in its case while you're not playing it.
 

dspellman

Gretschie
Jul 4, 2020
205
Los Angeles
A Ship is safest when it’s docked, but that’s not what a ship is for!
I take my expensive guitars to gigs at trashy clubs all of the time, because I bought them to play them! I paid more money for my car, and I drive that everywhere. Why wouldn’t I want to gig with the best sounding guitar I have?!
Just never leave it laying around where you can’t keep your eyes on it.

Maybe my "trashy bars" are different from your "trashy clubs."

I've learned not to take my expensive (in this case $4K and up) guitars to play bar gigs, and while you haven't learned that lesson, it's one that I hope you can avoid.

My early experience with this environment was with a Hammond B3 and a Fender Rhodes 88, and it's a lot more difficult to break one of those. I started in bars on Sinsinawa Avenue in East Dubuque, Illinois long ago, and fights broke out on Friday and Saturday nights, with the combatants cozy again on Sunday evening. A Les Paul makes a dandy defensive weapon. I've played in bars in Napa Valley where the band didn't have a stage, but was in a corner of the dance floor on the same level, with the microphone stands a sort of virtual barrier between us and them. It wasn't unusual to have large inebriated humans lose their balance and crash into the band, leaving a trail of destruction during the collision. We were inundated with all manner of fluids and semi-solids, including almost everything that can go into the alimentary canal of a human and everything that can leak out.

Theft is a separate issue, and while it's difficult to pocket a Hammond B3 and sneak out with it, folks have stuffed frikkin' guitars down their pants in guitar stores (there's video). If you've got just one guitar, it's easier to keep your eyes on it than if you've got several. I gig with at least two, because it's sort of unprofessional to cancel the gig halfway into the night because your primary isn't working and you don't have a backup. Meanwhile, most guitars and other music gear disappears during load in and load out, when you have to go back for a second round of gear.

I don't gig with "the best sounding guitar I have" because there are usually other musicians masking the sound of my lovely guitar, including aggressive drummers, and the bars I frequent are never NOT noisy as hell all by themselves. So it just doesn't matter that I'm playing the best sounding guitar I have. There's not THAT much difference between the best sounding guitar I have and the crappiest (I make sure that's the case or I don't own it), and cork sniffery never got me paid more. And finally, the acoustics in most trashy bars don't support "best sounding guitars" anyway. Treble is largely lost in the first 10 rows of audience. We've long since figured out that we need to sound good in the second set . During the first set, people are coming in and getting drinks and seeing who's there. During the second set they're listening to the band and dancing. During the last set, they're trying to hook up (and they're usually too drunk to notice) with whomever else is looking to hook up, and they're trying to find their car keys.

A ship may be made for sailing the seas, but you don't intentionally take your super yacht through waters teaming with a wolfpack of cranky submarine captains.
 


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