NGD - Custom Shop Stephen Stern Silver Jet

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Hamoftruth, May 25, 2020.

  1. Penguin

    Penguin Country Gent

    Nov 20, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    How do they do that crazing on the surface?
    Congratulations, it's a stunner!
     
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  2. Filtertronico

    Filtertronico Gretschie

    141
    Aug 26, 2014
    Germany
    Beautiful guitar,congratulations!!
     
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  3. Sunshine

    Sunshine Synchromatic

    641
    Jun 28, 2008
    Finland
    Abolutely beautiful! I didn't know these exist. Are those locking tuners? Did you change them or are those "factory built"?
     
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  4. Hamoftruth

    Hamoftruth Electromatic

    14
    Mar 16, 2017
    PA
    Thanks y'all! The Sperzels are stock, I believe Rocky spec'd this one out and I must say, he has good taste.
     
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  5. Hamoftruth

    Hamoftruth Electromatic

    14
    Mar 16, 2017
    PA
    What do yall think about a Tru Arc for this vs the stock Tonepros? I think the bar bridges give some more roundness and compression which might suit these dynas nicely.
     
  6. Scott

    Scott Country Gent

    Age:
    56
    Jun 27, 2008
    Winston-Salem, NC
    I've been playing Gretsches for roughly 40 years, and I've never had a problem with the standard Gretsch bar bridge.
     
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  7. afire

    afire Country Gent

    10 times out of 10, I'll take a bar bridge over a tuna-matic.
     
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  8. Sunshine

    Sunshine Synchromatic

    641
    Jun 28, 2008
    Finland
    Thanks for the reply and of course - congrats about the guitar!
     
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  9. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Gretschie

    156
    Aug 16, 2019
    United States
    Cool guitar. Love the color. Enjoy!
     
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  10. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    I run a Tru Arc on my Sparkle Jet with no real intonation issues; I found it best to place it virtually at 90 degrees to the strings- too much angle and the high e buzzes as the string is not straight in the groove.

    I tried a Bigsby rocking bridge too, which gives a bit more clang. Dunno about a custom shop, but the regular sparkle jet can be a bit middy with the thick nitron weighing down the top. One meg pots really helped.

    Does yours have that funky 50s wiring?

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  11. JAP09

    JAP09 Electromatic

    67
    Nov 12, 2019
    Atlanta, Ga
    What a great looking guitar. Congrats!
     
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  12. fender62custom

    fender62custom Gretschified

    Age:
    55
    Mar 3, 2012
    Helidon, Australia
    Oh!! Goodness Me!! YUMMO!!!!! Congrats & Enjoy!!! :)
     
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  13. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Wow, that’s a nice one!
     
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  14. Hamoftruth

    Hamoftruth Electromatic

    14
    Mar 16, 2017
    PA
    Gorgeous! What funky 50s wiring do you refer to?
     
  15. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    854
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    That is one cool looking guitar!!!
    And if the SDs are better sounding than t armonds it's gotta sound as good as it looks, if not better!
     
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  16. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Some kind of stacked tone pot.
     
  17. Hamoftruth

    Hamoftruth Electromatic

    14
    Mar 16, 2017
    PA
    (late response) Oh interesting, I'm not familiar with that. The tone pot on mine is a no-load pot with a detent at 10. I believe the master volume also has a treble bleed on it. So more fancy modern wiring. I haven't checked to see if the pots are vintage 1meg, but the guitar is plenty bright compared to my old 55 Falcon reissue.
     
  18. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    233
    Apr 23, 2020
    Ohio
    Now that's what I'm talking about!
     
  19. Steveric

    Steveric Electromatic

    19
    Jun 11, 2020
    Portsmouth uk
    you don't get any better than Stephen stern a fine looking machine bet it sounds fantastic, that early twang...
     
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