Why get a Panther?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Glaw, Jun 2, 2021.

  1. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Age:
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    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    I bought mine in June of 2013 when I was actually looking for a 335. I checked everywhere in Canada for a Panther and nobody had one. Long & McQuade didn’t have one and none on order. I checked with Gretsch/Fender and was told they didn’t think any had been shipped to Canada. I eventually found one at Elderly Instruments in Michigan. I wanted a white one and the ONE they had was black.

    After 10 minutes of playing it at Elderly I bought it. It cost me a lot since I had currency exchange as well as import taxes coming back to Canada to pay as well. All of that said, I’ve never regretted the purchase. The Panther is the only guitar I have owned that gets to share significant stage time with my old 355. They are fabulous instruments and the best 335 I’ve ever played.
     
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  2. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

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    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    That's correct. The regular centerblock models have a lower neck angle, post-mounted TOM bridge (no wooden base), and a tension bar Bigsby.
     
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  3. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

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  4. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

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    Aug 30, 2017
    ca.
    Thanks for the comments. I emailed I would buy it, so now just waiting on a response. It’s on Craigslist, so hopefully it’s still for sale. Wish me luck.
     
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  5. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I really want a red one
     
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  6. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

    713
    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    Do Panthers have a solid or chambered block?
     
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  7. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I have a flagstaff red Panther. Bought it new at Class Axe here in Canuckistan and have enjoyed it ever since. Great guitar.
     
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  8. afire

    afire Country Gent

    It sounds like it's settled anyway, but I was going to say the same thing. There always seem to be people looking for Panthers and they don't seem to turn up for sale very often.

    Right there is the actual answer to the original question of "why get a Panther?" It's the only guitar that combines FilterTrons, a centerblock and traditional Gretsch construction (other than maybe the pre-FMIC 6120N?).
     
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  9. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    I would buy it for $1400...
     
  10. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    Good luck with your purchase. Sounds a fine guitar.
     
  11. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Age:
    68
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Me too
     
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  12. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Germany
    1.400 is a steal.
     
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  13. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

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    Aug 30, 2017
    ca.
    Tomorrow sometime. Pictures to follow if all works well.
     
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  14. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    chambered spruce centerblock
     
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  15. senojnad

    senojnad Synchromatic

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    Jul 13, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Wow -- a gorgeous guitar! The price sounds almost too good to be true, but..... If you have confidence in the seller -- GO FOR IT!!
     
  16. Drock2k1

    Drock2k1 Synchromatic

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    Feb 26, 2013
    Indiana
    One just dropped in Reverb for $2500 in black. Too rich for my blood.
     
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  17. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

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    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    There's also a "factory prototype" with all kinds of red flags. Maybe it's real; maybe it isn't. Who knows what a "prototype" might have looked like, which makes it easy to fake ....

    The real one does seem overpriced for the condition, but the seller is open to offers .... Hard to say though, black exaggerates every flaw.
     
  18. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

    713
    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    I've never owned a real ES-335 (or a Panther), but I do have a Gibson ES-355 Lucille, an Ibanez AS73 (great rosewood-era guitar with mediocre pickups), and a G5622T (and other Gretsches). The Panther just seems to nail all the best attributes of all of them. I've thought about fitting Filters (maybe RB), a B6, and Gretch-style wiring into the Ibanez, which makes no financial sense whatsoever.
     
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  19. rocko

    rocko Electromatic

    A life lesson I have learned: "never resist temptation, there's always more"
     
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  20. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

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    Aug 30, 2017
    ca.
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    Not sure had bad but a 50 minute drive, I passed
     
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