Very Special Jet

Christobella

Electromatic
Sep 19, 2020
15
Cardiff
Look what finally came my way - the rarely seen 5259 mahogany slab with DeArmond 2000s. I became slightly obsessed with finding one of these, and have trawled the classifieds patiently for about 18 months. They popped up fairly often in the States, but nothing this side of the pond until a few weeks ago, when an older gentleman just a few miles from me posted it on Facebook Marketplace for just £250. I was there in 15 minutes!

I've added the G tailpiece - because I prefer the look, but also to take the strain off the wrap-around bridge. I've had to file slightly deeper grooves into the bridge to stop the strings jumping out. The bigger job was the pick guard. It came with a hideous large guard, reminiscent of ones found on a Fender Strat, with a paisley pattern. In blue....
Removing this left screw holes in the body, outside the profile of the teardrop guard which you see now, so I took it to a local furniture restorer, who did an amazing job. Next task was trying to source an original pick guard - no chance. I found an approximation on Quickguards, but it would be £107 with tax and customs charges. In the end, I found a great local artist specialising in plastics, who made this one for £30. Job done.

So there you have it - depending on how the DeArmonds behave on stage, I may whip them off and wrap some elastic bands around the pole pieces. They do wallop out some brutal top end, but my old AC-30 smoothes it all out beatifully. 5259.jpg
 

hcsterg

Friend of Fred
Feb 13, 2012
6,562
France
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Aarghth... How in the World Gretsch never issued this guitar model in LH ? :mad::mad::mad:

Congratulations ! :cool::cool::cool:

If only it was available in LH, I would buy one, and it would be a nice mate for my modded Epi :

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But no way... :(

You Righties are Lucky ! ;)

A+!
 

wabash slim

I Bleed Orange
Feb 10, 2010
17,533
lafayette in
Beauty in simplicity!
Run those DeArmond 2000s thru a Vox for some serious twang!
I'd have preferred one of these to my'08 Pro Jet, to be honest.
I really like the idea of single coils on a slab.
 

Henry

I Bleed Orange
Apr 9, 2014
18,700
Petaluma
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Aarghth... How in the World Gretsch never issued this guitar model in LH ? :mad::mad::mad:

Congratulations ! :cool::cool::cool:

If only it was available in LH, I would buy one, and it would be a nice mate for my modded Epi :

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But no way... :(

You Righties are Lucky ! ;)

A+!
Cmon these are some beautifully simple that I am sure you and your finishing/paint guy could make a wonderful version in LH or double cut.
 

tolm

Gretschie
Jan 25, 2016
353
UK
Nice! Not seen one of those before - looks like a great little rock’n’roll machine!
 


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