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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Kbrittain, May 23, 2020.

  1. Kbrittain

    Kbrittain Electromatic

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    May 20, 2020
    North Carolina
    I’m using a Mustang GT100
     
  2. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I know nothing about that amp. Others here will know how to get the best out of it. Good Luck!
     
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  3. dougmon

    dougmon Gretschie

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    Jan 9, 2013
    California
    Ok, I thought maybe the amp was responsible for the airy quality that you hear, but now...don't know.

    BUT -- when I was looking for a Gretsch, I tried some Electromatics with Blacktop Filtertrons, and I was pretty happy with the range of sounds I got from them. But they were all so similar to your guitar (center block, etc.), I'm not sure I could recommend one.

    I hate to recommend something other than a Gretsch, but you might be looking at an SG or Les Paul for that thicker sound.

    I hope I'm not telling you a bunch of stuff you already know...but in any case, here's some Gretsch copy that talks about the differences between different pickups: https://www.gretschguitars.com/support/specs-explained/pickups . If you haven't seen this already maybe it'll give you some ideas.
     
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  4. Kbrittain

    Kbrittain Electromatic

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    May 20, 2020
    North Carolina
    No worries! This is all very helpful!
     
  5. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

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    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    How about a Jazzmaster to round out the collection?
     
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  6. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

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    Jun 15, 2010
    Mississippi
    Until you get your first 100, let fate and your checkbook dictate. Good luck !
     
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  7. GAMBLER1234

    GAMBLER1234 Gretschie

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    Jan 18, 2018
    Henderson Nevada
    No matter how many guitars you own if one of them isn't a Tele then it's an obvious choice for an addition to any collection because much like Gretsch it has a unique signature sound that you just can't get with anything else. If you're looking for a fatter sound perhaps something like this.

    And if as you say you might be ready to do a few mods this one now has Seth Lover neck and Jerry Donahue bridge pickups, Gotoh bridge, tusque nut and upgraded electronics. There's a lot to be said for making a guitar exactly what you want it to be.

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  8. salvatore

    salvatore Gretschie

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    Nov 29, 2017
    Durham, NC
    I will suggest the Rickenbacker 620 for the missing link.

    The neck isn’t as large and wide as some Telecasters, Les Pauls, or Stratocasters.

    They are easy and fun to play.

    The tonal options cover many bases, as it has a master tone control behind the volume and tone knobs. I feel this feature is overlooked.

    The pickups are unique, yet familiar.

    The design translates into a comfortable feeling guitar that doesn’t get in the way. A04C9786-78D3-4EA4-9EE6-D4F1198581DF.jpeg
     
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  9. fatfingers

    fatfingers Gretschie

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    Oct 15, 2013
    New Jersey, USA
    The Matsumoku factory in Japan made guitars for other companies (I have an '81 Ibanzez Blazer that was made there) until they started their own brand, Westone. I have a bass that I bought new around 1982, a Thunder 1A. The Thunder series of guitars are pretty nice and range from basic dual humbuckers up to active electronics triple humbuckers. Have a look, I've always wanted a red Thunder 1A. Prices have gone up on them so it isn't as easy to find them like it used to be.

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  10. Kbrittain

    Kbrittain Electromatic

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    May 20, 2020
    North Carolina
    A comfortable neck is priority for me. I have smaller hands, so the easier to play barre chords, the better. Will look into these!
     
  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    @Kbrittain,

    Your 2 Fenders are short scale - 24" - If I'm correct - and your G2655T should be close with 24"6.

    If you want another Gretsch, but a Solid-Body one (chambered in fact), I'd say a G5220 or G5435 or the like, having a 24"6 scale too. I'm very pleased with my (modded) G5220LH-DCM :

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    If you have the money and not concerned by scale, the Proline Jet - AFAIK - are 25"1/2, but there may be variants...
    I read Guys mentioning Fender, Gibson... :eek:o_O

    "A Gretsch, my Kingdom for a Gretsch"
    (Shakespeare, Richard III)
    "You will never part with your Gretsch either" (Fender 60s ad)
    "Only a Gretsch is good enough" (Gibson 40-50s ad)

    :rolleyes::D

    A+!
     
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  12. salvatore

    salvatore Gretschie

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    Nov 29, 2017
    Durham, NC
    If you’re looking into a hollow body for your missing link , I would consider the Epiphone Casino ( not the Coupe).

    The P90’s are first rate pickups. The build quality is fine. It is a fully hollow body guitar, with open F holes, and loud enough to play without plugging in.

    It is light weight and has the comfortable thinline body design. The neck is a bit wider than the Ric 620, but very playable. I have a Gibson and Gretsch hollow body, and my Casino currently gets more playing time than my Gibson. 8B70404E-D098-4FE1-A0DB-A01765D8F2F3.jpeg
     
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  13. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    I find that a smaller fretboard radius makes barre chords easier for me. Most Gretsches (including your 2655) have 12"-radius fretboards, whereas Fenders typically have 9.5" or 7.25".

    I love my Gretsches, but for barre chords, I really like the 10" radius on my PRS SE 245. I bought it because I wanted a Les Paul-style guitar with a chunky neck and a rounder fretboard. An SE 245 would give you a fatter tone than your current guitars, so it would round out your tonal options nicely.

    As for Gretsches, I agree with the general consensus: you have a center block model now, so the next step is either a fully hollow body or a Jet.

    The 5420 is a great hollow-body. The 5410 Rat Rod is essentially the same guitar but with a slimmer body, which you may find more comfortable. The 5422 is a double-cutaway hollow body which, again, is slimmer than the 5420. These all have 12" fretboard radii. If you want a hollow body but would prefer a rounder fretboard, you can look at the Brian Setzer signature models. Some of them (though I'm not sure which ones) come with 9.5"-radius fretboards. The downside is that they're top-end guitars with pricetags to match.

    Enjoy!
     
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  14. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    To me, a "thicker sound" is a Gibson type bucker in a solid body, plugged into a Plexi head and a 4-12" cab.

    More than just the sound, but the feel of this combination is pretty special.

    Yep, kind of a Rock standard. LP + Marshall
     
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  15. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    You've gotten a lot of great suggestions already but here's mine - try a G5220 or G5230T Electromatic Jet. They are available, relatively inexpensive, wonderful to play and are beautiful as well. I am lucky enough to have four Jets, two Proline and two Electromatics. The G5220 I have is every bit as much a joy to play as my Prolines (G6228 and G6128-1962) and sounds the most Gibson-ish (i.e. "thicker") of the four (when needed to) - but it still has the bright and "acoustic" quality I associate with the Great Gretsch Sound.
     
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  16. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I must have a different definition. To me thicker means more harmonica but still even top to bottom and to my ear the PAF sound although thicker also Had lot more midrange And isn’t as evenly balanced top to bottom. Does more midrange equal thicker? Is that the way the terms work? HS Filters I thought could sound very rich thicker harmonically but maybe I’m misinterpreting terms.
     
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  17. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Auto-correct strikes again...
    :D
     
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  18. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Hahahah yep, but @thunder58 will love it!
     
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  19. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Exactly my first thought!
     
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  20. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    lol........ YEA BABY !
     
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