Restoring 1966 Viking- best LA/OC refinishing

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by 7WhiteFalcons, Oct 17, 2020 at 9:31 PM.

  1. 7WhiteFalcons

    7WhiteFalcons Newbie

    Apr 5, 2015
    Los Angeles
    Couldn't find a fs unit to install in one of my Falcons, so I bought a Viking that has it....and then promptly found two independent fs units ...that I also then bought this week :)

    Who do you all suggest as a fantastic Los Angeles/OC based place to get the Viking sanded, repainted, binding yanked out & replaced, & beautifully refinished.....I'm thinking a cherry red or walnut stain or red like the old Super Chets.

    I'm going to replace all the wiring, get new supertrons, new knobs, re-gold plate the floating sound etc, replace the original vibrato with one of my unused factory Falcon Bigsbys.

    I asked Gretsch Corona to do it but they said no.

    It would be cool to figure out replacing the mute as well as the back pad.

    The Viking has an interesting sound with its fsu....a little different from when I install them on 6120s and occasionally Falcons.
    loudnlousy likes this.
  2. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    A labor of love for sure!!

    I can’t help with any suggestions/references, but I bet it’ll turn out beautiful.
    Best of luck with the restoration.
  3. Buckyboy

    Buckyboy Gretschie

    I would reach out to Steve Soest and see who he would recommend.
  4. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    If I would spent a lot of money on a restoration I would insist on the correct original colour.
  5. johsonrod

    johsonrod Country Gent

    Apr 14, 2010
  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Man, you just know that one was bad! Look at the knobs.
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