Which one would you choose?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by GVDobler, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Godin 5th Avenue
    Gretsch New Yorker
    Gretsch G100CE

    Having never played any of them, and they are all close in price..
    What are your thoughts as a gift for someone?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    Gretsch New Yorker. This guitar will sound good with or without an amplifier.
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  3. El Marin

    El Marin Gretschie

    Oct 4, 2018
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    I can talk about The New Yorker and the Godin

    To me The New Yorker is better guitar, plugged or unplugged. I like much more the neck, size and feeling ...and even looks
  4. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    As a gift, I'd be thrilled with any of them!

    I happen to own a Godin 5th Avenue. It's one of the few guitars I've ever bought on total impulse. Walked into the store, liked it, bought it. I had never heard of it prior to buying it!

    Comfortable neck, nice flat fretboard. Canadian cherry construction, which I assume is responsible for its mellow tone. I'd expect the two Gretsches to be a good bit brighter, with their maple components.

    It's a pretty nice guitar. However, I do consider it more of blues guitar than a jazzer. With that single P90 and open tunings, it does that vintage Delta tone really, really well. But if my goal was Wes Montgomery or Grant Green, not sure it'd be my pick. Either of the two Gretsches might be better suited for that.

    Hope this helps, good luck with the search!
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  5. kbps320

    kbps320 Electromatic

    Dec 24, 2019
    New Jersey
    I was looking at that Godin model but the big turn off was the neck being made from Richlite. That was a deal breaker.
  6. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Which model were you looking at? The Godin website lists some 5th Avenue models with rosewood fretboards and some with Richlite.

    For what it's worth, I had a Hagstrom with a synthetic fretboard, and it felt perfectly good to me. I know @englishman has done at least one build with a Rocklite fretboard. Rocklite is a different beast from Richlite, though, so I don't know how closely they compare.
  7. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Maple necks, richlite fretboards ... on some models.

    I dunno, I guess it depends on whose propaganda you believe. It's actually supposed to be closer to ebony than rosewood, which most would consider an upgrade. Martin and Gibson are both using it on some models. Can it be all that bad?

    I tried out a Martin Road Series acoustic a few months ago. That's supposed to be Martin's cheapo line, but at $1200, I guess "cheap" is a relative term. First time I've played a richlite board, and I came away pretty impressed.

    Anyway, FWIW, my 5th Avenue has a rosewood board - that's what they all had when they first came out.
  8. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    I'm not a fan of Richlite, seems like it's being used as a cheaper alternative. Rocklite actually costs more than the real stuff and looks way better IMO.
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  9. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Same advice for me. I have a 2008 (LH-Ized) G100 Synchromatic, the predecessor of the New-Yorker. I choose it over the Godin for the same reasons as mentioned by @lathoto and @El Marin.


    Oh, also because in France, Godin is this :

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  10. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Thanks for the advice.
    He (grand nephew) wants sunburst so the G100CE is out.
    Probably the New Yorker would be a good first guitar.
  11. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    I had a number of students who initially were attracted to some cosmetic feature of their first instrument. Just make sure the action is the best it can be so they will play the guitar more and smart their hands less.
  12. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Yea its more religion than science. Count me in the "real" ebony cult!
  13. El Marin

    El Marin Gretschie

    Oct 4, 2018
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    Well, I had a LP with Richlite fretboard and can't say nothing bad about it. Really don't care
  14. LongJohn

    LongJohn Synchromatic

    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    Possible day trip? Let him play them in the shops and pick the winner. Or more likely the wand picks the wizard.
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