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Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by GreTschocaster, Sep 30, 2021.
Oh thats how Johnny lost the Ric! I knew it was stolen, but by other mucisian!
Were they all ‘57 Chet Atkins 6120s? For some reason I thought there were some plain production spec 6120 in there that were not Chet Atkins models. Perhaps i’m wrong as I am certainly no gretsch expert.
Some would say they did you a solid. Those heads were problematic.
That’s the rumor, although I am not sure it was ever 100% confirmed.
I was running a Farfisa combo organ thru it. It was garbage with a guitar, but with the Devil's calliope, it wasn't all too bad. Considering that it replaced a late '50s 18 watt Gretsch 6163, the difference was massive. I got as much out of the speaker cab as I paid for the whole thing. Went to a Dual Showman after that.
I never personally owned a Super Beatle, but played through quite a few and had friends who had owned them. I had a solid state Thomas Organ Pathfinder head that was pretty horrible sounding. For a keyboard they probably weren’t bad. But the big issue was reliability of these early solid state amps. The Super Beatles were known to smoke.
What ever happened to Farfisa?
Sold it when I got my Hammond B-3. Sold that when I went into the service.
Heathkit sold Thomas organ kits, as well as guitar amp kits, that were very "Vox-ish". The Thomas/Vox era was the biggest mistake Vox ever made.
Agreed. There is a reason that when the Beatles were loaned and even donated them on tour here they never brought them back over to the UK. On tour they and most more known bands that played them on tour had backups and often had to swap them out mid-set.
In the 1950s... every 6120 made was a "Chet Atkins" signature model guitar.
Kinda seems right to me. Don't know much about the Ramones but I picture more of a junior than a ric. I'm sure it was just karma catching up with him.
Not sure what you are taking about karma. The Cheap Trick guy was in need of some karma if the story is true. Though, with some googling it appears unlikely that he was the culprit.
I don't remember ever seeing anything about Ramones strealing other bands gear. They were one of the hardest gigging i.e. working bands. 2263 gigs in 22 years.
I just read an article on the CBC website which states that the 6120 with the DeArmond pickups that he lost was not the first one he had. The one he used to record the first Guess Who album was another orange 6120 but with Filtertron pickups. He sold it to my friend Bruce Burron in Winnipeg and then bought the one that got stolen. I actually played the first one 55 or so years ago.
Johnny was a difficult guy. That maybe what is meant. He seduces Joey’s girlfriend from him (resulting in the song ‘the k k k took my baby away’) and could be generally a bully and unpleasant. He was it seems a sociopath unable to form an empathetic view of things.
Marky's autobiography gives a good view in all that. It's quite entertaining read.
I do find it amazing that they played a gig almost every 3 days for 22 years! I think I'd be done in one year
Great to hear. Say Randy a few years ago for one of his storyteller concerts, where he tells the tale behind some of his classic songs. (May have stretched the truth a few times!) Great show.
I remember this story.
Dear God, yes! I've only ever got one of the Lost Souls back.....and then I sold her again. 1