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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by MikeyUK, May 18, 2017.

  1. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    231
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    Hi guys I have been given some money by my good lady wife, and I've been told to spend it on something. So obviously I need your help. I have a budget of about £400. I currently own a Tennessee Rose (my #1 guitar), an epiphone casino, a violin bass, 6- string acoustic, and a 12-string acoustic. So I don't have a solid body electric guitar at present. I am considering getting a Tokai Telecaster, or maybe upping the budget to £500 for a MIM Tele (or strat??), possibly an epiphone Les Paul (probably not), or maybe a Gretsch Pro-Jet probably without the bigsby. OR I might just get the Vox AC10 amp I've been after for a while. But when push comes to shove another guitar and my two triple hangers will be full. Anyway I know you love this sort of debate so what do you think?
     
  2. h2odog

    h2odog Electromatic

    25
    Feb 26, 2017
    Oregon, USA
    My first choice would be the MIM Tele. Pro-Jet close second.
     
  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

    Age:
    67
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    A Tele is always a good choice, as is a Pro Jet, or a Gibby slab with P-90s. Nothing wrong with an AC10, either. The real question is, however----do you really NEED another guitar, or is it just a case of want?
     
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  5. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    48
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I would take that money and make a really good investment. Here is how: Buy your wife flowers and take her on a fabulous date and show her how much you appreciate her......whatever money is left, you can put towards new gear
    ;)
     
  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Without knowing what you're playing now my gut says AC10. That said I like a good Tele as anyone. At your budget you might be able to swing a nice lightly used Japanese or even a US Fender.
     
  7. jklotz

    jklotz Gretschie

    433
    Mar 24, 2013
    Atlanta
    I believe everybody needs a tele, and you should be able to get a good one with your budget. But I have to ask, since you mentioned the AC10, what are you doing for amps? The nice thing about a new amp is it makes all of the guitars you already have sound better!
     
  8. Fjrabon

    Fjrabon Gretschie

    332
    Mar 7, 2017
    Atlanta
    Used Baja Tele if you can find one. The pro jet is a les paul killer, imho so that's a fine choice too.

    AC10s are great. 90% of the tone of the AC15 but only 50% of the weight.
     
  9. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    231
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    We'll call that plan B
     
  10. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    231
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    I never thought of it like that. Good point!
     
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  11. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Friend of Fred

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    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Hey Mikey, I'm of the go-big camp. Shop smart, buy your AC10 and a used Squier Classic Vibe Tele. Eat dessert first man.
     
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  12. jklotz

    jklotz Gretschie

    433
    Mar 24, 2013
    Atlanta
    Yea, as much as I hate to admit it, those classic vibe teles are very capable guitars. No reason you can't gig with one, straight out of the box.
     
  13. Brutus Presley

    Brutus Presley Gretschie

    386
    Jan 21, 2016
    Sweden
    Epiphone 1956 Les Paul (P90s).

    Gretsch Pro Jet.
     
  14. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    231
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    I thought a squire classic vibe tele would be good (£420 new - haven't seen a used one though).
     
  15. Likeabrave

    Likeabrave Synchromatic

    517
    Feb 11, 2010
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  16. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    231
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    Of course I don't NEED a guitar - but that makes for poor debate. Or do you mean go for the AC10?
     
  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

    Age:
    67
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Well, you could always use another amp. Don't expect this hotbed of enablers to talk you out of a new guitar.
     
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  18. Aymara

    Aymara Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    I need a solid body and an amp or amp sim, that I can play with headphones. It allows me to play any time without disturbing anybody, even at night.

    How about you?
     
  19. Ati EDGE

    Ati EDGE Electromatic

    35
    May 23, 2013
    Budapest, Hungary
    Gretsch Pro Jets are really good guitars.
     
  20. Kitvin713

    Kitvin713 Electromatic

    71
    Jan 10, 2017
    Fresno, CA, U.S.A.
    Im a solid body guitar nut. But I'd go for the AC10. New amps are the best!
     
  21. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    231
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    Current amp is Peavey studio 110. My Tennessee Rose definitely needs a Vox at some point. But given that Gretsch-Talk is all about the brand Gretsch, I can't help but notice that everyone seems to love a Tele (and I've never owned one? maybe I do NEED a Tele)