What's your favorite Dyna-equipped Gretsch?

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  1. MarkH

    MarkH Electromatic

    Apr 6, 2020
    Marietta, Ohio
    In the past I had a couple of DSW's and a 2005 6121 Roundup, all with regular factory Gretsch Dynasonics. I always liked the sound of them, but ended up gravitating more toward filtertron-equipped guitars, over the years.

    Anyway, I'm thinking my next Gretsch might be one with Dynas, specifically, T-Armonds, because I do miss having that sound in my arsenal. So, I was curious as to what your favorite Dyna-equipped Gretsches might be?

    Those of you with T-Armonds, do you like them better than the regular factory Gretsch Dynas?
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  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I haven't played any modern Dyna equipped Gretsches but I think I prefer the one in my '56 Streamliner to the T-Armonds I put in my '01 Silver Jet on a whole.

    Outside of mid heavy, hard rocking sounds I think I like the DeArmond 2000s in my red Special Jet more than the Silver Jet too to be honest, but it may just be that Silver Jet doesn't like the T-Armonds (or I haven't achieved optimal height adjustment of them). Some day I need to try them in another Gretsch.

  3. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    If I were going to buy a dyna equipped Gretsch hollowbody, I’d probably look at the Duane Eddy 6120
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  4. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Big Dyna fan. Love the standard Gretsch dynas in my 6120. That would be my recommendation. But youve had a DSW already. Ive had seymour Duncan dynas in my penguin and in my 6130 roundup. I have to say well worth the extra $$$. More like the snarl of a ‘58 Roundup that i had the chance to play a couple of years back.
  5. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I just recently replaced the factory Dynas with T-Armonds on my '99 6129T-57. The Dynas seemed smoother and cleaner throughout the entire volume range, the T-Armonds have more bite when the volume's all the way up. That's not a bad thing at all, in fact, considering what I play, it might be a good thing.

    I'm still getting used to them, but so far I like what I hear.

    My 6120's got Filertrons, but yeah, I'd love to have a big ol' hollow body with the T-Armonds. Seems like a pretty good excuse to get another Gretsch.
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  6. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Yep! My 55vs 6120 has t-armonds and in my opinion they are better than dynas in every way. I have a falcon that had dearmonds and there just wasn’t a comparison to the TAs.
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  7. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    I've tried to love Dynas. Had a Duo Jet and a 6120. Even put in vintage Dynas in the Jet.

    They both sounded great, when someone else was playing them, but I just couldn't get that sound that I was after with my hands.

    Just a Filtertron guy (as I run, duck, and hide!) Lol
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  8. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I only have a bridge T-Armond in my 6110JR2, never played an actual dynastic. Neck is a T-90. Both are filter mounts. 20200607_122310.jpg
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  9. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    <-----Not really Dynasonics but my favorite. G5129 with DeArmond 2000s. Fit well within my budget and I wouldn't sound any better playing a G6xxx.
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  10. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    I love Dynas in a Duo Jet, less in a hollow body..
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  11. Back in Black

    Back in Black Synchromatic

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    George Harrisons, 57 Duo Jet.



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  12. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Never had a true Dyna equipped Gretsch, but I have a 5420T with T-armonds.
    Pretty sweet tones.
    Sounds like sharp maple syrup.
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  13. Scott

    Scott Country Gent

    Jun 27, 2008
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Have a coupla Duane Eddy 6120s, two 6120DSVs and a DSW. Also have a 6136TLDS White Falcon and a Country Club, plus a few Jers. All with stock Dynas.

    Thought about sticking TVs in the DSVs(my stage guitars), but...why? I can't criticize what is in the guitars currently. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

    I do have a coupla 5420s and a 6136DL that have humbuckers, but I'm a Dynasonic player. They fit like a hand in a glove to me.

    The short answer to your question...from me...is a 6120 with Dynas.
  14. CaliforniaSlim

    CaliforniaSlim Gretschie

    Jul 21, 2016
    My favorite Dyna equipped guitar
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  15. Lucky Jim

    Lucky Jim Electromatic

    Oct 16, 2020
    Kent, England
    Through the 1970s I played a ‘57 Duo Jet with original DeArmonds, Melita bridge etc. A very nice guitar but I actually prefer the ‘53 VS Duo Jet that I bought last year. The T-Armonds just bring a little extra richness to that classic sound.
  16. sleeperNY

    sleeperNY Gretschie

    Jun 18, 2008
    central NY
    My only Gretsch with Dynasonic's, tv jonesT-armonds. I love there sound.
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  17. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I have 4 Dyna equipped Gretsches, my fav is the 6120.But that could be because the 6120 is my fav Gretsch...Who knows.
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  18. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    My penguins has dynas and i love the sound they put out, so that would be my choice.
  19. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Much as I like my Dyna Falcon, my Roundup sounds killer with any kind of music I play on it. I've had a couple of Duane Eddys, one pre-FMIC, one FMIC-era, they were great, but had to part with them. Had a couple of Dyna Clubs, a sunburst which I didn't bond with, and a blonde which I wish I still had. 2 or 3 caddy green dyna jets, all pretty nice, too. Had a bamboo/copper Club, almost forgot about that one, it was nice, too. Oh yeah, had a different Dyna Falcon and a different Roundup but foolishly let them go because it didn't occur to me that I could just change that stupid Melitta/Stinkrosonic bridge. Won't be making that mistake again.
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