The ProLine arrived, after 5 hrs work on it I’m thrilled

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by radd, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Used ProLine Jet G6228 BT, Players Edition

    She arrived on time. Beautiful guitar; however there was oxidation on all the metal parts on the body and it was pretty bad. Worse yet, someone tried to remove some of the oxidation on the pickups and tail piece with what must have been a scotchbright pad. Folks think those things are not abrasive, on soft metals they leave nasty scratches.

    the seller had noted the oxidation, but I did not think it was that bad. I opened up the three back plates and inside it is pristine, as is all the paint. Even the frets were very dull, oxidized. I think it sat for a year or more.

    I considered returning it but I got a great deal on it so I thought I would see what I could do with it. I pulled everything off and used my micro mesh pads progressively up to about 12,000 grit. Those things took out every scratch and every bit of oxidation off the metal parts and the guitar looks like it just came out of the factory.

    I also polished the frets and conditioned the fingerboard

    She plays beautifully and sounds great

    finished; that Caddy Green just doesn’t show up well in pics. It is super high gloss and stunning. I love the aged binding and inlays. I am a sucker for that script logo on the headstock.
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  2. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    That looks truly wonderful. You'll love it (I have one too)!
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  3. jfassett

    jfassett Synchromatic

    Dec 9, 2017
    Crazy there was oxidation, that's a fairly new model, sweet ride nonetheless!
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  4. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Gretschie

    Nov 1, 2019
    Columbia, MO
    Awesome guitar. Congrats.
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, love the colour!
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  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    You’ll have to post your impression on the BT65 pickups. She looks great and I love the green with the gold bezels and guard. Enjoy!
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  7. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Looks great, did you have any before shots to show how bad the oxidization was, would be good to see to show how with a little bit of effort you can have such a great result.
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  8. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ

    I never thought I’d feel this way, but this green machine has me kinda wanting a PE just like yours.
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  9. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Sweet git. Congrats and enjoy.
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  10. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
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  11. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    This pics don’t not show it well. None of the fine scratches show up in the before pic. You at least get a feel for the before and after. Just look at the bridge and saddles, all the detail on the pickups, etc.


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  12. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    It's always nice when you find the diamond among the dust. I think Rodney Crowell wrote a song about that.
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  13. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Very nice! Congrats and enjoy!!
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  14. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yeah it is hard to see in the pics but I can see what you mean, the guitar does look awesome now.
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  15. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
  16. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I had to come back for another peek... it was worth it.
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  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    I understand. I’m sure all the time I had to stop and just admire that color extended how long it took me to clean her up.

    You asked about the pickups. I’m the wrong person to comment on Gretsch pickups because I gravitate towards a warm darker tone much of the time. A blues/jazz type tone. So far these deliver that for me.

    Quick overall impressions, the neck is stunning as is the fingerboard. Just a pleasure to play. Light weight, balances well, Gotoh hardware, including locking tuners, all top notch.

    So far I’m in the head over heals in love classic honeymoon phase. I strongly suspect it will last a long time.
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  18. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    That is quite a bit more beautiful than any Les Paul Custom I have ever seen (I have a black Les Paul Custom).
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  19. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

    Jul 13, 2011
    that is one beautiful guitar.
    You are a lucky man!!
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