Prodigal son comes back... NGD and some question

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by El Marin, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    Nice, I have to say the gold on the Bigsby and pup covers looks much better quality than the ones used post Fender.
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  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome back, El Marin!
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  3. Penguin

    Penguin Country Gent

    Nov 20, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome back!
    Do you think it's Brian Setzer's signature? The leading letter B sure looks familiar, and I can see the S and the z. He's a dice fan too.
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  4. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    What a beauty! Congrats.
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  5. El Marin

    El Marin Electromatic

    Oct 4, 2018
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    Well... so far I have no rattles at all and no problem whatsoever. Just dropped some Dadario 11-52 of my like and so far so good

    Well... I took some closeups and this is the best, also did some Photoshop trying to highlight it. just contrast and levels...



    Well, it looks like maybe signed by Brian Setzer in 2001... That first "B" is quite clear and maybe the "z" but the autograph is quite ruined

    It is possible. actually, Brian Setzer came to play to Madrid in 2001 with the Comeback'68 show. I was there watching the show, I remember that. Still have lights in my eyes.

    On top of that, the opening band were "Los Lobos Negros" ("Black Wolves"). The point is that I do subs in that band now, and I also do some acoustic gigs with the singer and guitar player. I talked to him just yesterday and we will meet next december just to compare dicks... errr sorry, guitars and do some rehearsal and jam. He has a Brian Setzer Signature.

    Here they are:

    And here he is with Brian after the show

    I will ask him if somebody came backstage and handled any guitar to Mr. Setzer to be signed. I f he remember anything :D

    As I have no proof, just coincidences and conjetures I want to delete that off my guitar. I am no fetishist at all and will not try to get any profit of a "stain" as I see no value at all in that.

    I can try to delete it or I can live with it...

    Maybe is easier live with it and just play the hell outta that guitar :mad:
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  6. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    My 2 cents is that there is no way that 19 year old sharpie is ever coming off that and it’s cooler to have a Brian Setzer signature that you can barely see and that you don’t care about and allows you to play the heck out of the guitar than
    1) an actually legible signature and a DREADFUL drawing of bad dice (why would anyone want that?) or
    2)an expensive refinish.
    I’d just play it and rest my sweaty forearm on that area as much as possible and wear it away!
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  7. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Ceramic filters tend to "fill" the bezels at the corners; I wouldn't expect to see the reflection of the insides of the bezel on the corner of the pickup case. I suspect early TV Jones.

    Pole adjusting screws are a different shape from modern ones, too.
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  8. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Synchromatic

    Aug 5, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Congrats and welcome back! How's the tuning stability with that bridge?
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  9. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I couldn’t see the autograph in your first pics but def see it now.
    I’d use alcohol wipes to take off the signature. I doubt it’ll do any damage.

    And those pickups look like ceramics to me.
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  10. El Marin

    El Marin Electromatic

    Oct 4, 2018
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    YES, I will do it by playing

    Next time I change the strings I will look undeneath to see what's there. So far, I like them

    Perfect. I checked intonation (After those pics), dropped some 11-52 and there you go. I don't have to tune it more often than my Tele or my SG so far
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  11. Marv666

    Marv666 Gretschie

    Jul 26, 2020
    Welcome back dude, nice guitar!!
    Gretsch guitars do the punk rock thing better than gibsons imo
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  12. El Marin

    El Marin Electromatic

    Oct 4, 2018
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    Nothing, I tried alcohol wipes and even pour pure alcohol and let it for a while and then WIPE OUT it

    Now I have that song as a ear worm I mean Wipe Out

  13. michelb

    michelb Gretschie

    Mar 27, 2020
    Welcome back :D That's a nice lookin Gretsch. I'd keep the transparant pick guard, it shows more of the guitar :p
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  14. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Welcome back, nice guitar, glad you are enjoying it and suits what you do.
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  15. Tottus

    Tottus Electromatic

    Apr 19, 2018
    Congratulations Rafa ¡)
    Nice one!
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  16. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Just watched your video, great job, I enjoyed it thanks for sharing.
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  17. DasherF

    DasherF Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2020
    Minneapolis, Mn
    A one guitar guy, eh? I'da kept the first Gretsch, got the 'Paul, then the new/old one you have now...aaahhh, bliss!...
    Beautiful guitars, tho, both of them...
    The gold under the pickguard will work great...the top will be glossy.
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  18. El Marin

    El Marin Electromatic

    Oct 4, 2018
    Madrid, Spain, EU

    Tu por aquí!!
    (We know each other since looong time ago!!)


    Not that much. But I am a few guitars guy. Just two for each band. I need a replacement just in case of stringbreak in a gig. The replacement for this one is a Fender Tele Custon 72 (partcaster but made with Fender parts)
    But mostly I stick to one guitar for each band. I have a replacement for each but always there is a #1

    By the way.

    I opened the guitar. It had some 10-49 or something like that and the feel was like rubber to me. I dropped some 11-52 and I am liking it, but I think this guitar likes 12-56. Next string change (next year or so...) I will try them.

    Pickups are definitely TV Jones Classics as stated in the sticker.

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  19. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Wow, that’s cool!
    That’s great they have the patent number covers.
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