Streamliner 2655 vs Epi Casino Coupe

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by radd, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I wanted a small body 335 style guitar to play around the house and back yard, amped or unplugged.

    I heard great things about the Casino Coupe so I bought one. It got packed up and sent back ASAP.

    I have a Proline Gretsch and a Korean Electromatic that I love so I checked out Gretsch's offerings in the Streamline line. I found a beautiful G2655, just what I was after.

    The Epi felt like a toy and did not give me a great feel regarding the neck and fingerboard, the Gretsch excelled in both of those. The Gretsch had stunning fret work, a great feeling fingerboard and a beautifully shaped neck.

    The Gretsch intonated far better and the Epi’s truss rod would not change the relief

    The Gretsch is a keeper...However, it did have one glaring problem, a horribly cut nut.

    The loser

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    The winner

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    The nasty nut

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    Gretsch, F- One conditioned fingerboard

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    Nut after dressing, new strings

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    Wonderful neck, I knocked the gloss off it


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    Yes, Rich, I’m putting one on

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    Of course it is not in the league with my Proline, or even my Korean Electromatic, but it is not far behind and it only cost $450. Well done Gretsch, thank you sweetwater

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  2. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    162
    Jun 29, 2020
    Bangalore
    Lovely guitar!

    Congrats and enjoy. :)
     
  3. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    Both of my electromatics required refiling the nut slots from the factory. I wish I knew how to do that myself, but am lucky to have a great shop in town that does a great set up.

    that looks like a great guitar, I like the natural wood finish.
     
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  4. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
  5. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Pretty much every guitar I have ever purchased required some work on the nut, sometimes just to lower the action which is no reflection on the quality of the nut the guitar came with.

    However, I have never seen a nut as bad as the one on this Gretsch on any new guitar. My guess is the nut slots were cut with files to small and the nut material is really strange. I can’t tell what it is. That’s ok, a new blank bone nut will only cost me about $5 and an hour or so of fun garage time.
     
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