Native speakers of English, how do you talk about your Gretsch guitars?

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  1. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013

    You Sconi’s and your incredible lamps made of cheese......
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  2. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Also got these:

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  3. GlenP

    GlenP Synchromatic

    Jul 23, 2019
    but 362,436 has an entirely different meaning when you say it like this:

    Thirty-six, twenty-four, thirty-six

  4. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    6122= Gent, 6120= Chet, 6119= Tenny, 6136= Falcon, 6190= Streamliner.......and so on:D
    Oh, i getcha, 6120 is sixty one twenty.
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  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    These are our most distinguished ambassadors, they will help you understand.
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    We don't need the Three Stooges to speak gibberish.
    We've got thousands of politicians who are fluent in it.
  7. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    You're right - but you've got to love The Stooges
  8. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Here we name it soixante et un - vingt, pairing 61 an 20.
    But we are not lazy when pronouncing the year deux mille dix-neuf (2 thousand nineteen).

    And if you wanna know, it's not wrong to forget the s (for plural) at "mille". Numbers are invariant in French, which is an exception for us maniacs who put an s to all names and even adjectives in case of plural.
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  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I do. For some reason, however, my wife won't let me show them to the grandsons. Marx Brothers it is then.
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  10. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Gretschie

    Oct 9, 2019
    I would always say the numbers individually so my Falcon would be a G Six One Three Six
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  11. JHowdy

    JHowdy Country Gent

    Nov 16, 2013
    Interesting, I had no idea of that two digit "rule". In Finnish we always say all the individual digits, so my 6118 would be "kuusi yksi yksi kahdeksan" in standard language, but in street talk all the numbers are shortened into "kuus-yks-yks-kasi" so however strange it looks, it all pronounces just in .9 millisseconds:)
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  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    " The Man " himself explains ( scroll to about about 3:15 ) where he describes the sixty one twenty
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  13. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Over here in Italy we add the thousand. :)
    6120: seimilacentoventi (Italian), six-thousand one-hundred twenty (translation).
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  14. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    In Dutch I'd say G-sixty-one-twenty to indicate G6120.

    Yes, plain English. :D
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  15. Tadhg

    Tadhg Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2019
    Qld - Australia
    Love it - two pages asking for English speakers, we've got heaps of Americans, a few Aussies, A Fin, a Dutchman, Spanish speakers, and only two from the Sceptred Isle, from Albion, Brittannia.
    Even on the internet, we're divided by a common language. :D

    Personally, I follow the double - double convention. So, I own a Fifty-Six Fifty-Five Tee Gee. Years being the exception, and only in the 'Oughts' - the 2000's. People say Nineteen - Oh - Eight, but few say Twenty - Oh - Nine. Many seem to have lost the ability to process that zero, and revert to 'Twenty - Nine', which makes absolutely no sense. :confused:
    But my take carries very little weight!
    Great video, Thunder58.:cool:
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  16. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Now thats funny but true here for the early 2000s it was two thousand and 0ne etc. But twenty-ten or two-thousand and ten could be heard moving on since I hear people saying two thousand nineteen or two thousand and nineteen, but in reference to two thousand and twenty, I have not heard anyone say that most will say twenty-twenty, weird. But people listening understand. Oh, and for 2000 let's not forget a lot of people called it y2k.
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  17. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
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  18. S.R.Cash

    S.R.Cash Gretschie

    Aug 29, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    I call her Audrey!
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  19. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Jun 16, 2019
    Thanks for the very informative posts, and for the laughs, too!

    I've never ever discussed Gretsch guitars to that level of detail with anyone. People around me aren't much into them, and not many shops sell them (none in my town). When I see a Gretsch number I mentally read the whole number like in a maths class (so that a Duo Jet would be a six thousand one hundred and twenty eight, or rather, a seis mil ciento veintiocho). Probably because in Spanish we read the whole four-digit numbers even when it's a year we are talking about (the exeptions would be obvious: telephone numbers, ID numbers, bank account numbers...). But I cannot say I've ever pronounced it.

    Great to know this!

    Good source. I wasn't really sure whether there was an 'official' version.

    When I was taught English, years were the only exception I was told about where numbers aren't read exactly as they are written, but in pairs. I would have never thought that this applied to other four-digit numbers.
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