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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / Gretsch 130th Anniversary Jr

zeedawg
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USA

Praise him with the strings
Aug 26th, 2013 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've not owned a Gretsch before, mostly Strats. I saw a 130th Anniv and fell in love with it. Any feedback, thoughts on this model? They sure are $$

Thanks -Z

Taildragger

USA

"Lost Money Magnet"
Aug 26th, 2013 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 6122-JR from the '90s and love it.

The guitar you're looking at is the same size and shape as mine, except mine is a double cut.

Other differences between mine and the Gretsch 130th Anniversary Jr that I would see as a plus (that would somewhat justify its significantly higher price tag):
•Nitro finish
•MJ frets (mine are more "vintage" sized)
•Sperzel tuners (mine are Grover Rotomatics)
•TV Jones pups (mine has Gretsch Filtertrons)

Things I don't like about it (my opinion only):
•pinned bridge (because I would swap out the TOM-type bridge for a Tru-Arc, so would want it to float)
•I'm not crazy about the color (I'd prefer the Gretsch Orange like on the old 6120-JR). Opaque finishes are fine on solid bodies, but I don't care for them on archtops.
•The price

There you have it: one person's opinion.

6122-JR (next to LP Deluxe for size comparison):

zeedawg
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Sep 4th, 2013 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I pulled the trigger and purchased the 130th Anniv G6118T-LTV. It's called a Jr for the smaller body. But really side by side they are the same size as a Les Paul. This guitar is beautiful. Black top, Gold sides and back. I've played the TV Jones Classic's before, but these PowerTrons are incredible. Out of my guitar collection, this one sounds so awesome. Takes a while to get used to the switch combo, but once you've dialed them in all I can say is Wow. They are a bit pricy, $3100+, depending on your dealer. But I feel worth every penny! Go play one if you can.

-Z

Taildragger

USA

"Lost Money Magnet"
Sep 5th, 2013 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Enjoy!

I've found that body size to be very comfortable. Almost like holding a Les Paul without the boat anchor weight (apologies to you chambered LP owners).

zeedawg
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Praise him with the strings
Sep 6th, 2013 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks! I too have a boat anchor LP, I do love it despite the weight. But for those of you that have never played a Gretsch, they are incredible instruments, and you are correct Taildragger, this Jr model is the size of a LP and very comfortable to play. This one IS a keeper!

Taildragger

USA

"Lost Money Magnet"
Sep 6th, 2013 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

zeedawg,

You might want to at least check into Tru-Arc bridges. I replaced the TOM-type bridge on my 6122-JR with an aluminum Tru-Arc which resulted in a significant improvement in both tone and tuning stability. Have also found that lubing the nut with Big Bends Nut Sauce (others recommend Chap-Stick) helps keep the strings from binding during Bigsby use.

If you contact Craig at Tru-Arc, be sure to specify that you have a pinned bridge.

Ain't Gretsches just d'bomb?

Tru-Arc

JohnD

USA

Sep 6th, 2013 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Craig isn't with Tru-Arc, Tim is the owner.

And yes, they are worth evey penny :)

(This message was last edited by JohnD at 02:24 PM, Sep 6th, 2013)

Taildragger

USA

"Lost Money Magnet"
Sep 6th, 2013 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yow: my bad. I know him mostly by his screen name on a different forum, hence the blunder.

Tru-Arc info

JohnD

USA

Sep 6th, 2013 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, that was a good review for Tim's products that you posted.

I've been very impressed with his bridges, and the variety of "flavors" that you can get.



zeedawg
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Nov 2nd, 2013 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How would you compare the to Callaham? I just put one on and it made a huge difference in overall tone and rings on forever. I only mention Callaham because I've been using their trems on my electrics for years.

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